Day/Time: May 16, 2024, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Title: Piloting Publishing Platforms for Infrastructure and Equity


  • Karen Lauritsen (she/her), Senior Director, Publishing, Open Education Network, University of Minnesota
  • Jamie Witman (she/her), Open Educational Practices Specialist, Open Education Network, University of Minnesota

Description: The Open Education Network (OEN) supports the development, publishing and distribution of open textbooks through community, programs and services to make higher education more equitable for students. We aspire to support anyone who wants to publish an open textbook. This vision is guiding our development of new pathways and programs, and towards what we hope is a more equitable publishing landscape that includes more voices. That translates into creating multiple pathways and infrastructure to support our diverse community. We want to support people at institutions that may not have access to publishing infrastructure. With that in mind, we are piloting Manifold and Ketida. In this presentation, we’ll talk about what we’ve learned so far. We’ll discuss both the tool tradeoffs and the human process involved.

Title: One Path, Many Tools: Publishing Getty’s Open-Access Journal

Presenter: Greg Albers (he/him), Getty

Description: The path for publishing an academic journal is well established. You collect submissions, manage peer review, edit the articles, prep and organize images and other assets, create the publication, and get it out into the world. This is the standard publishing path, from point A to point B, but the tools you can use to follow it are as varied as the path is straight.

Some journal publishing tools bundle all the pieces together, while others are highly specialized and meant to be chained together ad hoc. Some tools are hosted for you, while others you maintain on your own. Some tools stick to the tried and true process, and others offer unique features and alternate ways of doing things. You might make the tools, you might buy them, or you might get them for free. There are myriad options, each with their benefits and drawbacks, the goal is to find the tools that work best for you.

In this presentation, we’ll share the tools we used at Getty (Scholastica, Microsoft Word, Pandoc and ImageMagick, Quire, GitHub, Netlify) when we relaunched the Getty Research Journal as a self-hosted multiformat publication, under an open-access license. This will include a brief look at each tool, what it offers, and why we chose it, along with some open discussion about the many other options out there.

Title: Platforms, Policies, and Formats of Undergraduate Journals in North America: Preliminary Results from a Systematic Analysis of 100 Journals

Presenter: Christopher Barnes (he/him), Digital Publishing Librarian, Adelphi University

Description: Library publishers are frequently involved with undergraduate journals on their campuses, from providing guidance to editorial teams and technical support when issues arise to serving as their publisher and handling all aspects of the production workflow. While there are many resources available to publishers of undergraduate journals, there are no recent studies of undergraduate journals published in North America that look at their platforms, policies, and formats. Having obtained a list of over 300 undergraduate journals published in North America from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), I have developed a rubric which I can use to evaluate various components of the publications themselves, as well as the way they are run by students and faculty members.

I will use the list from CUR to identify 100 undergraduate journals in North America which have been published for at least three years, are spread across the region, and represent a wide range of institution types, from community and liberal arts colleges to large state and private research universities. Technical aspects to be analyzed include the platform used (e.g., WordPress or Weebly), the final format (e.g., PDF or HTML), the presence of a copyright or OA license statement, levels of compliance with web accessibility guidelines, and whether a DOI is assigned to the issue or individual works. I also intend to examine the websites for information about sponsoring departments, structures of editorial boards, the roles played by faculty advisors, and how review is conducted by editors, peers, and members of the faculty. In this presentation, I will share my preliminary findings and discuss the second part of the project in which I intend to contact each journal with a short survey about their internal workflows to inform a follow-up article.