Open Access Publishing @ BU

Scholarly research is not complete until it is made available to others. Boston University Libraries are committed to supporting your research from creation through dissemination. With Boston University’s adoption of the Open Access Initiative, the Libraries have established an open access journal management and publishing system.

Library Services

  • Technological infrastructure for publishing. Open Journal Systems journal management and publishing system allows you to manage your journal from article submission through the review process to final publication. The Libraries provide and support the technological infrastructure allowing you to focus on the editorial process.
  • Support for developing a viable business model to support open access to your journal. Open Access literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. A variety of business models exist for open access publishing. The Libraries can guide you in discovering a business model that works for you.
  • Long-term archiving of the journal’s content. Beyond standard backup practices, each issue of your journal is deposited to an institutional repository designed for long-term preservation of digital content.
  • Scanning previously published volumes. Journals have the option of adding previously published content to the journal’s web site. The Libraries can assist with the process.
  • Copyright and Licensing. The Libraries can provide consultation and guidance in navigating intellectual property issues.
  • Statistics. The Libraries can provide statistical data in the COUNTER compliant format allowing you to compare the relative usage of your journal and to learn more about genuine usage patterns.
  • Gateway for indexing services The Libraries expose your journal’s content to indexing services such as Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals, and PubMed to make it easy to discover and access articles from your journal.

Suggested Resources for Developing Open Access Business Models

  • JISC: Learned Society Open Access Business Models by Mary Waltham (June 2005)
  • “Open Access Overview” by Peter Suber
  • Budapest Open Access Initiative. Open Access Journal Business Guides
  • OASIS: Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook
  • OA Journal Business Models
  • Open Access for Scholarly Information: Business Models
  • Establishing and Publishing an Online Peer-Reviewed Journal: Action Plan, Resourcing, and Costs, Dr. Lorna Shapiro (2005).
  • Getting Found, Staying Found, Increasing Impact: Enhancing Readership and Preserving Content for OJS Journals, Kevin Stranack (2006).

Open Journal Systems Features

  • OJS is installed locally and locally controlled
  • Editors configure requirements, sections, review process, etc.
  • Online submission and management of all content
  • Subscription module with delayed open access options
  • Comprehensive indexing of content part of global system
  • Reading Tools for content, based on field and editors’ choice
  • Email notification and commenting ability for readers
  • Complete context-sensitive online Help support