[Sigpub-l] [Asis-l] Open Access publishing & ASIST publications: Part II

Rick Kopak rkopak at interchange.ubc.ca
Thu Apr 29 13:49:44 EDT 2004

Further to Michael Leach's posting on open source publishing, I would 
suggest having a look at John Willinsky's Public Knowledge Project 
(http://pkp.ubc.ca), and his Open Journal System 

Concerning the seven questions in the original posting:

1. Where is the metadata attached to each article?

Open Journal Systems (OJS) collects metadata from the author,
including indexing information, on submission, with OJS generating the
additional metadata required to index the submission, to Open Archives
Initiative (OAI) standards, should the submission be published.

2. What about controlled indexing and search interfaces?

OJS has both metadata and full-text searching, and is harvested by OAI 
such as OAIster at U of Michigan. It does not use controlled 
vocabularies, but
does link to online classification systems and thesauri to assist 

3. What about layout of online content, alternative formats (e.g. pdf
instead of just the html)?

OJS offers editors a choice of HTML, PDF, and/or PS.

4. What are the costs for publishing each article online?

OJS is free, open source software, with upgrades provided by UBC. Also, 
reduces the costs of photocopying, filing, postage, etc. OJS is 
downloaded and
installed on a Web server associated with the journal, such as one in a 
research library.

5. What will it take to truly archive this publication?

OJS is currently working with LOCKSS to enable it to utilize this 
archiving system which 80 libraries are now participating in.

6. How does the print counterpart support or detract from the OA 

OJS can be used to manage the submissions with the finished copy going 
to print
and to online.

7. Should we add a peer-reviewed section (perhaps just online) to 
assess the
costs associated with OA publishing?

OJS reduces the cost of peer-reviewing to zero, as editors click on a
reviewer's name, generating an email request for the reviewer to drop 
into the
site and download the paper and review it, with reviewer comments added 
to the
site for editors to consult and share with authors.

Richard Kopak, PhD
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
University of British Columbia
301 - 6190 Agronomy Road
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z3
rkopak at interchange.ubc.ca
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