Day/Time: Monday, May 10, 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM


  • David Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Rikk Mulligan, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ryan Splenda, Carnegie Mellon University


As more library publishing services become operational, academics and their professional societies will be presented with a wider array of publishers and publishing models from which to choose. While these new options and relationships offer more opportunities, they also present challenges, particularly when journal operations transition from one publication model to another. A successful transition in publishing models and systems requires both an understanding of the publication pipeline from submission to the minting of the DOI and the activities that may be involved in each step in-between, including peer review, revision, and copyediting through typesetting and publication.

In December 2020, the International Association of Conflict Management (IACM) society journal, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research (NCMR) transitioned from the Wiley Online Library to become an Open Access and Open Science journal hosted by the Carnegie Mellon University Library Publishing Service (CMU LPS).

2020 was a period of great transition and education for the editorial staff of NCMR, the IACM board of directors, and the CMU LPS. As part of the transition, NCMR’s editorial staff had to learn and adopt the work provided by their former publisher, including several managerial and production processes and activities. Beyond its transition from subscription to Open Science and Open Access, the journal also shifted from the Wiley technical infrastructure to that supported by CMU LPS, and between two different DOI registering authorities.

This presentation will describe the steps taken by the CMU LPS to inform, educate, and enable NCMR to transition toward becoming a fully open access and self-sufficient journal. Attendees can expect to hear how the IACM approached CMU LPS, what materials, training, and additional support aided the journal’s managerial staff in their move to managing all aspects of journal production, and the way in which the DOIs were handled between CrossRef and DataCite.