Workshop on Creating Open Access Journals

David Solomon, Caroline Sutton


This full day workshop is for all scholar/researchers interested in founding new open access journals in their field of study. The target group would include small societies, special interest groups, university departments and other groups of researcher/scholars who are interested in creating a new open access scholarly journal or enhancing the quality of an existing journal. The list of topics include:

* Determining the scope, name, editorial board and governance structure, review process format/style and layout for the journal
* Developing policies, procedures, and instructions for authors
* Options for web hosting, journal management, backup, and web development
* Estimating the resource requirements for operating the journal and developing a business plan and financing options to address those requirements
* Considerations in developing partnerships with academic libraries, university presses and/or working with professional publishers and other consultants/partners
* Indexing, archiving and dissemination issues in developing a new journal or enhancing access to an existing journal
* Preparing for launching the journal, including obtaining initial content, developing a reviewer pool, marketing and publicizing the journal
* Operating, sustaining and maintaining an OA journal over the long-term

The workshop will consist of short didactic sessions, small group discussions and working individually under the direction of the faculty conceptualizing and designing a journal. Participants will be provided with a series of forms, checklists and other written decision aides to use in working though the process of designing their journal and planning its implementation.

David Solomon, PhD is a Professor of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Office of Medical Education Research and Development at Michigan State University. Trained as an educational psychologist he has over 20 years of experience in curriculum development, instructional design and evaluation in medical education. Dr. Solomon is the founding editor of Medical Education Online, an OA journal that has been in operation since April 1996. He has published widely on various topics in open access publishing and authored "Developing Open Access Journals: A practical guide", published by Chandos Publishing (Oxford) Limited that covers much of the material that will be contained in the workshop.

Caroline Sutton, PhD is one of the founding partners of Co-Action Publishing and innovative open access publishing firm. Dr. Sutton worked for several years as the managing editor for a major international publishing house managing approximately 30 journals in the HSS and STM areas before forming Co-Action Publishing with several partners. Dr. Sutton is currently working on a project funded by the Swedish Royal Library to develop a best practices guide to open access journal publication.