Day/Time: Friday, May 14, 4:00 PM to 5 PM

An Update from the DOAJ and the LPC Community Relationship


  • David Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Emma Molls, University of Minnesota
  • Judith Barnsby, DOAJ


In 2017/2018 the LPC convened a task force of members to work on community relationships and training to support journal indexing in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Recently, former members of the LPC DOAJ task force have continued to serve as community liaisons as editors and associate editors of the DOAJ. In late 2020, the DOAJ also transitioned to a new website, as well as an updated web application form for editors to submit their journals for DOAJ indexing.

Since the end of the work of the DOAJ LPC Task Force in 2018, the DOAJ now includes more than twice the number of LPC member journals as it did prior to the Task Force’s work. But are there still barriers? And how can we continue to help members to overcome these? How can LPC member institutions and their journals learn more about the DOAJ application process? What resources are available for LPC members to learn how to prepare their journals for the DOAJ’s application process? How can the LPC leverage its relationship with the DOAJ through its members who serve as editors and associate editors?

This session will provide an overview of key changes to the DOAJ application form and what this means for library publishers and journal editors. Attendees will hear directly from representatives of the DOAJ as well as LPC members who actively volunteer as editors and associate editors from their perspectives as both DOAJ editors and library publishers.

Developing a library-press partnership through team teaching a course in journal publishing


  • Jeanne Pavy, Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of New Orleans Library
  • Abram Himelstein, Editor-in-Chief, University of New Orleans Press


In spring of 2019 the University of New Orleans campus administration decided to move the university press into the library, both physically and administratively.  This “arranged marriage” was approached by the affected parties with excitement and goodwill but also with some anxiety about how, exactly, the marriage would work.

We propose to share our initial steps toward collaboration and mutual understanding as a kind of case study in library-press partnership development.  We will relate how we identified areas of shared interest and complementary expertise, and decided to launch our first real shared project: developing and delivering a team-taught course on journal publishing for the Spring 2021 semester. We will be wrapping up the first iteration of the course and sharing successes, pitfalls and products from this experience, including drafts of final products and student responses.

As part of a smaller-sized regional research university, with minimal staff on both sides, the human capacity of both parties is our most precious commodity.  We believe that our story will be especially relevant to scholarly communications librarians and university press staff at under-resourced institutions who are seeking to strengthen their respective publishing services through mutually beneficial partnerships, even without a formal structural arrangement.

Comparisons Matter: Mining a broader context to imagine open infrastructure and services in Canada


  • Jessica Clark, Coalition Publica/Érudit Consortium
  • Brianne Selman, University of Winnipeg Library


Comparing is a fundamental scientific operation, but to be effective, one needs to compare comparables. This is ironically not the case in scholarly communication, especially where we compare so-called “international” journals (i.e. large, English-language journals published in the United States or Europe) to national journals.

National journals are often seen as less valuable, as they usually have low or no journal impact factor (Larivière, 2018; Warren, 2014). However, this reputation is contradicted by empirical evidence— Canadian universities are downloading Canadian journals at a much higher rate than “international” journals (Larivière, 2014). Yet the current research incentives focus on publishing in “international” journals. This in turn discourages research on Canadian topics, as it is less likely to be published in such “international” journals (Larivière, 2014).

English-speaking Canadians often compare ourselves to Americans, but when it comes to our intellectual production, our journals and our publishing infrastructure, our differences are more important than our similarities. Differences in size of country vs population, national language(s), organization of universities, public funding culture, and even our colonial history create different structures of power and possibility. Comparing ourselves to a non-comparable encourages a flawed understanding of the challenges and opportunities we face, and could lead to developing infrastructure and services that are poorly adapted to the Canadian context.

In this presentation, a representative from Coalition Publica, Canada’s partnership to support open access and develop open infrastructure for scholarly publishing and research, and a librarian involved in library-based publishing, will reflect on the insights we can gain from looking beyond the US and Europe, for instance to Latin America, for examples of open scholarly communication systems. They hope that this will be a jumping off point for a dialogue about the needs of national journals and the infrastructure and services that might best support them.