UNT Libraries Journal Hosting is a service available to editorial collectives with at least one member who is a current UNT faculty member. The Libraries provide free use of an installation of Open Journal Systems (version 3), hosted at UNT. This software allows:
- Authors to submit manuscripts and agree to the terms of publication
- Journal editors to assign articles to peer reviewers
- Reviewers to submit their reviews online
- Journal editors to manage copyediting, design, and publication of manuscripts
The UNT Libraries:
- Will help members of editorial collectives with configuring and using OJS
- Can refer editorial collectives to freelance editors and designers (or vendors who provide these services), plus printers, in case the journal editors want to make their own arrangements to pay for any services in support of publishing
- Will apply for an ISSN for the online version of the journal
- Will register DOIs for published articles
The requirements for using this free service are as follows:
- At least one member of the editorial collective of the journal must be a faculty member (tenured, tenure-track, or lecturer) currently affiliated with UNT. If that faculty member leaves the editorial collective or UNT, and if a replacement from UNT does not take their place, the Libraries will work with the editorial collective to transition to a new hosting service as soon as reasonably possible.
- The editorial collective must adhere to the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (version 4) from the Committee on Publication Ethics.
- Journals must not charge fees to authors either to submit or to publish articles.
- The staff of the journal must check all bibliographic references appearing in accepted manuscripts and add DOIs for any that are missing them (see information from Crossref).
- All published articles must be made free to read online immediately upon publication, preferably under a Creative Commons license, with authors retaining copyright.
- UNT Libraries must have the right to archive published articles in the UNT Digital Library, making them free to read online even if the journal ceases or moves to a new hosting service.
The UNT Libraries and the party responsible for the journal will sign an agreement (see blank version for reference) documenting these obligations.
We are happy to discuss potential publishing projects with you and help you think about starting and maintaining a journal, business models to support journal publishing, and alternatives to conventional publishing, including for primarily non-textual journals for which UNT Libraries Journal Hosting may not be appropriate.
Some other useful resources for journal editors:
- SPARK guide on "Transitioning your journal from subscription to Open Access"
- If you feel that our journal hosting service doesn't meet your needs, you might also try these options for journal hosting support:
- PKP Publishing Services
- Michigan Publishing Services
- Open Library of the Humanities Journals
- AU Press Journal Hosting
- Ohio State University Libraries Publishing Services (note: only open to scholarly society journals if sponsored by an OSU faculty member who is a member of that society)
- Other OA journal launch services
If you have questions or would like to set up a consultation, please contact us.