Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Introduction to Scholarly Journal Publishing

Instructor: Melissa Seelye

Dates: May 4th through 31st, 2020

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


Particularly given the rise of library-led publishing initiatives, it is increasingly important for library workers to be well-versed in journal management. Moving beyond just investing in journal publishing platforms, this course is primarily intended for those interested in providing more hands-on and sustained publishing support. We will address opportunities for library involvement from the initial launching of new journals to flipping subscription-based journals to open access models. To this end, the course will begin with an overview of various journal business models, addressing a range of alternatives to the “big deal” subscription packages of major for-profit publishers.

From there, we will cover the various roles and workflows involved in producing a successful journal, ranging from critical discussions of the typically unpaid labor of peer reviewers to questions of the value of traditional publishers. This course will also address some of the more technical best practices of journal publishing, with a focus on making these broadly accessible. For example, we will delve into the importance of ISSNs, DOIs, indexing, and search engine optimization from a discoverability standpoint. Finally, the course will conclude with a discussion of content promotion and scholarly impact, drawing from industry strategies as well as the opportunities afforded by the open access movement.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Understand how the work of managing and producing journals is distributed;
  • Choose an appropriate business model for a new or newly “flipped” open access journal;
  • Develop a plan for ensuring library-hosted journals are in keeping with industry standards and best practices; and
  • Implement and/or advocate for sustainable publishing practices.

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Scholarly Communication, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Melissa Seelye

Melissa Seelye is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at San Francisco State University, and in that role she coordinates a range of scholarly communication initiatives in support of the university’s social justice mission. She is advocating for a shift towards open knowledge practices on campus, encompassing self-archiving faculty publications, library support for student and faculty journals, and expanding the use of open educational resources. Her current research explores the political economy of scholarly communication. Melissa received her MLIS from Western University, where she teaches a distance Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing course aligned with the MLIS student-run journal Emerging Library & Information Perspectives. Previously, she was the Scholarly Publishing & Systems Librarian at the University of Michigan Law Library.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

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