Mikael K. Elbæk, *Lars Nondal

The Library as a mediator for e-publishing. A case on how a library can become a significant factor in facilitating digital scholarly communication and open access publishing for less web savvy journals.
Mikael K. Elbæk, *Lars Nondal

Abstract


Back-ground:
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) Library offers its academic staff an e-publishing service, called ejournals@cbs based on Open Journal Service. The service is an ackknowledgement of the need for supporting smaller scientific journals with online publishing.

The service is intended to help small journals with limited commercial value to get their back-issues online and eventually to publish online. Journals affiliated to Ejournals@cbs are given the needed supervision and guidance from the start, but the goal for every journal is to make them self-sufficient regarding all non-technical aspects of the journal management. However CBS Library will maintain the back-end in regards to back-up and updates.

Results Case study: different types of journals:
Ejournals@cbs now hosts four different journals and has two more journals in preparation. The journals are very different types but can be categorized in two common types, each type needing a different approach.

The first type is journals that already are being published in print. These journals are hesitant about going online. On one side they are conscious about the need to go online to get more readers leading to more citations which again leads to more submissions etc. On the other side they are afraid of loosing subscribers and thereby eliminating the economical foundation that is needed to publish in print. Again the editors of the traditionally printed and established journals have great passions for their print journal and are not ready to solely publish online.

The second type is newly established journals or journals on the verge of being established. This type of journal is borne online; they do not have any attachments to a printed version of their journal and thus ready for an open access publishing model. The last type is the least complex of the two types and often they are almost self-sufficient after a short introduction to an online publishing system such as Open Journal Systems.

The first type is the most difficult and it is when assisting these journals to online publishing that libraries can do a difference. But often the focus of the Open Access movement is on the latter.

Conclusion:
We found that different journals should be approached with different models. At CBS Library we have identified two main types of journals. The new kid on the block journal (born online, ready for open access), and the mature established journal already in print (wants to go online, but do not want to give up the printed journal, afraid that open access will lead to loosing subscribers).

Open access is not necessarily either or. CBS Library does not want to push Open Access too hard risking to scare journals of. Instead we want to show them the possibilities that OJS gives them for publishing online. For the library it gives our users online access to content that otherwise would not be available and for the journals it gives them a possibility to publish online with very few risks.

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