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One of the common misconceptions around open access journals is that they lack quality and impact. For a library publishing program, it is important for the program’s journals to contradict this misconception in order to retain institutional support and gain quality submissions, peer reviewers, and substantive editorial boards. A workshop to educate and provide improvement support for journal editors was born out of a conversation between two librarians responsible for library publishing efforts at their respective institutions. A need for editor support was recognized as being transferable across institutions and the two decided to build a model workshop. The workshop was built around the idea that for the journals to succeed and make an impact in their fields, the library as publisher needed to step in and provide support to novice editors around best practices for metadata, indexing, metrics, roles and responsibilities, rights and copyright, and policies. The first workshop was successful, and the journal editors are intently working on each of the areas outlined for improvement. In one library, the identified needs were communicated to others on staff in such a way that collaboration and support has been incorporated by librarians outside of the publishing responsibility. The intention of the original workshop was to create a model that could be easily integrated into other institutions’ library publishing programs as a way to improve the impact and visibility of their journals.


This talk was given as part of a panel, It Takes a Village: Educating and Supporting Editors in Library Publishing Programs, given at the 2015 Library Publishing Coalition Forum with Melanie Schlosser, Ohio State University and Karen DeVinney, University of North Texas.

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