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Journal Publishing Guide

Getting Started with Publishing

If you want to start publishing a journal using the JPS platform, please follow these steps:

  1. Assess your readiness: to help ensure that your journal implementation and, ultimately, maintenance goes smoothly, please formulate a proposal by filling out our Journal Proposal Form. Please fill out this form, if you are creating a new journal or transferring an existing print/electronic journal to JPS. It can be filled out by faculty members independently or with the assistance of the JPS staff. This step is necessary for us to be certain that your journal is ready for launch policy-wise and content-wise before we go through the site set up process.
    If you are interested in learning more about creating a proposal, read David Solomon’s Developing Open Access Journals: A practical guide or contact the JPS staff.
  2. Email the completed Journal Proposal Form to the JPS staff.
  3. Once the JPS staff have reviewed and approved your application, sign and submit the Service Agreement Form, which outlines both the University of Toronto Libraries' and the Journal Publisher’s (the team who creates the journal) responsibilities.
  4. Upon receipt of the Service Agreement Form, the JPS staff will create a journal template page and give authorization to the person you designate as Journal Manager. That person will receive login information and will be able to start customizing the journal.

Next steps

Once your journal is created, we suggest beginning by setting up your journal and designating an editorial team (see setup, design, management, and help pages for more information).

To maintain a successful journal, please continue to educate yourself about open access publishing by reading Guides for OA Journal Publishers.

If you have any questions, please contact the JPS staff.