Digital Scholarship@UNLV is more than a repository - it is also an open access journal publishing platform and conference paper management system.
Consider the following questions before deciding:
Do you have sufficient support and time to manage the journal?
The University Libraries' role is limited in the running of the journal. We host the journal through our ongoing subscription to the Elsevier bepress Digital Commons system. We assist with communication with bepress and can provide guidance on journal polices (such as author rights, copyright, Creative Commons) and general use of the system, but you will be responsible for managing all aspects of the journal (from development of the journal to publication of all issues).
Do you have the resources to utilize bepress DOI support?
As of 2022, the platform comes with DOI minting. However, the journals are responsible for working directly with bepress staff to create DOIs (digital object identifiers) and follow standard practices such as including DOIs in article citations.
Have you reviewed bepress Journal Publishing Services options?
While the library pays the Digital Scholarship@UNLV platform annual subscription cost, there are value added publishing services provided by bepress, which improve journal preservation and discoverability. These can be expensive and we recommend reviewing options closely before deciding. We can connect you with a bepress staff member to discuss pricing and details.
If you have determined that your journal is a good match for Digital Scholarship@UNLV (see above), the steps below outline the process for requesting to use the platform and an overview of the steps taken to get the journal set up on the site.
Contact the Scholarly Communication and Data Services department (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or your liaison librarian and review the journal proposal form.
Staff from the Scholarly Communication and Data Services will request a meeting after the proposal is received if your proposal is your first contact with the library about the journal.
Complete the Journal Proposal Form to get started
Scholarly Communication and Data Services will review the proposal and get back to you with any questions. We will do our best to reply within two weeks.
Meet with Scholarly Communication and Data Services.
We will cover topics like open access, the library's minimal role in the operations of the journal, and tips and ideas from other editors, and address any questions from editors.
Scholarly Communication and Data Services will create an MOU for the library, publishing unit, and the Provost to sign.
The MOU template has been vetted by UNLV Counsel and the only changes we make are to the parties involved. If additional changes are needed, UNLV Counsel will be consulted again. Depending on the publisher (academic or administrative unit responsible for the journal) the MOU will be signed by the Dean of the college or appropriate administrator, department Chair (or administrator), Dean of the University Libraries, and by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Once the MOU is signed, the editors will complete the bepress journal setup form.
This form gathers basic configuration information for the journal. SCI can help you answer questions on the form as needed, and advise with setting policies (such as copyright) and with communications and introductions to bepress representatives.
Begin working with bepress directly to set up your journal.
The time it will take you to set up the journal in collaboration with bepress will vary from journal to journal based on your journal's requirements. Examples of why journal set up varies by journal include (but are not limited to):
Whether you wish to have a custom design or whether you prefer a look that matches the Digital Scholarship@UNLV style
Launch your journal!
Share news of your journal's start and initial call for papers with the library. Given enough lead time, would be happy to help promote your journal through various library social media and announcement channels.
Contact us at email@example.com with any questions.