Welcome to this fourth special blog post celebrating International Open Access Week 2021. Today’s post will highlight an additional service available from the RGU Library, which can help members of the university to run their own journal. You can also find a link to today’s minigame at the bottom of the post. If you have any general questions or want to get in touch, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d instead like to talk to us about hosting your own journal, then please contact the Journals@RGU service (email@example.com).
The Journals@RGU website (https://journals.rgu.ac.uk/) is based on a platform called “Open Journal Systems” (OJS). OJS is used by many organisations across the world to publish online journals, particularly open access journals. The platform includes functionality for receiving article submissions, allocating peer reviewers, recording discussions during copyediting, assigning articles to issues and then publishing issues online. We have also configured our OJS platform to create digital object identifiers (DOIs) for published articles, making it easier to cite content from our journals.
RGU’s first journal, Communicare (https://journals.rgu.ac.uk/communicare), produced a couple of issues in 2014-2015, but is not currently active. However, we have recently helped Dr. Konstantina Martzoukou and Professor Peter Reid from the School of Creative and Cultural Business (CCB) to set up a new journal, Reflective Professional (https://journals.rgu.ac.uk/REF-PRO). This is intended to be an annual publication, the first issue of which was published in June 2021.
Reflective Professional is primarily a venue for the publication of high-quality work by RGU’s students of information management. The inaugural issue centres around several recent and noteworthy dissertations, accompanied by shorter articles from some alumni and an editorial from the joint editors. The journal is also intended to be a project opportunity for current students, so each year one or two information management students will be working as assistant editors on the forthcoming issue for that year.
See below for a statement from the editors on their experience of working with Journals@RGU to set up Reflective Professional:
We were delighted to be able to collaborate with the library on the creation of our student-led open access journal. The experience students gain as part of a master’s research project forms a core aspect of their learning journey. It helps them to develop diverse skills, including: academic writing, data collection and analysis, interpersonal skills, critical evaluation, communication, data management, knowledge organisation, presentation and ethics. However, taught-course master’s research does not form part of the research outputs of an academic institution, except for those works that are selectively published in academic journals or presented at conferences. Reflective Professional therefore provides our students with the opportunity to publish their own work in a fully open access journal.
A number of students were involved in the editorial team and found the experience “invaluable, as it provided an opportunity to work in editorial and proofreading work, which contributed to the development of skills that can be used in the future, as well as when pursuing the master thesis”. Another student noted that “this project was a great opportunity to assist with the starting of a new journal. As a student soon to start their dissertation, it was fascinating to read what others have written about. Also, from a skills perspective, it was also good to see other, less traditional applications of library and information science skills.”
Setting up the journal on the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform has been a great way for us to reach out to a global academic audience. The platform also offers an intuitive way of supporting the whole editorial process. We were delighted with invaluable support offered by the library’s Journals@RGU team (led by George Bray and Colin MacLean), who provided first-rate technical assistance, student training, guidance on copyright, and expertise on the look and design of the journal website. We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the library team.Dr. Konstantina Martzoukou and Prof. Peter Reid (CCB)
If you would like to know more about the Journals@RGU service, or if you have an idea for a journal and would like to discuss it with us, get in touch by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today’s game is “Label the Benefits of Open Access”, in which your goal is to match up the labels to the correct images on the infographic. You can access the game here: https://puzzel.org/en/label-this/play?p=-Mk1LJMKgmOcS2nD0Ag6