The Dalhousie Libraries provide digital publishing services to the University community by providing access to hosted online journal software.
The software we use is Open Journal Systems (OJS), a collaborative, open source software project maintained by the Public Knowledge Project.
The Libraries handle the initial set-up of journals, answer questions about how to use the software, and can make recommendations about how to implement the journal. The journal owners are responsible for publishing content, managing subscribers, and customizing the design of the journal.
Some of the journals we publish:
Implementation will go more smoothly if you have taken the time to learn the initial setup of the system first.
The more complex your setup, the more planning and time you will need to invest.
If you are interested in setting up a journal, contact us and we will set up an initial meeting to talk about your goals and the ways we can help you get started.
If you decide to go ahead with the journal, we will ask you to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (click to see sample MOU) which outlines the Libraries' and the Editorial Team's responsibilities.
We will also ask you some basic information in order to set up the journal. We will need:
Once we have created a shell for your journal using this information, you will be sent login details and you can then begin to enter additional material about the journal, such as its focus and scope, submission information for authors, etc.