Thursday, 20 October 2011

SAS Open Journals launched !

Just on my way home now from an excellent launch event for SAS Open Journals , which can now be found at its permanent home. Particular thanks are due to Steve Whittle and Julian Harris, my colleagues who have helped see Amicus Curiae through its transition onto the SAS-OJ system, to be our first journal. I am also very grateful to Damien Short for his presentation on the questions that face the editor of a prospective new journal.
As it is Open Access Week next week, I shall be writing a report on the event, to be made available next week. The participants in the workshop broke into four groups to discuss issues of common concern, including staffing and workflow, marketing and publicity, business models and the transition from print to web. Lots of very interesting issues were raised, for which I’m very grateful to all those who were involved; and I hope that an account of those discussions will be useful for a wider audience.Watch this space !

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Colombia, conflict and the rule of law | Doyle | Amicus Curiae

Part of ensuring the success of a new online journal is making sure that the scholarly content is put in the way of users, rather than expecting them to come and find it. I'm very pleased therefore to be testing out the new AddThis bar in SAS Open Journals, which allows users to post details of an article quickly and easily to Twitter, Facebook or in this case Blogger, so their followers and friends hear of it: and here's the link to my test article. Colombia, conflict and the rule of law | Doyle | Amicus Curiae

Monday, 17 October 2011

Journal publishing with Eprints: another way

I've been very interested to read about the approach that one of our sister JISC projects at Huddersfield has been taking; Graham Stone documents it on the Huddersfield Open Access Publishing blog.

Whereas SAS Open Journals involves interaction between the Open Journals System and the native SAS-Space Eprints, HOAP instead segments the native Eprints for each journal, thus allowing bespoke browsing and landing pages for each journal, and a tweaked deposit process. It seems like a useful model to be using; and there's room for different approaches.