Starting your own journal is not rocket science. To illustrate this, we boiled down our research on the topic and added some insights from David Solomon, Martin Eve, and other experts. And there it is: a poster that allows you to get an idea of the various aspects of Open Access journal publishing at a glance.

For the poster, we identified seven different issues covering the stages of planning, setting up, running, and sustaining your journal:

  • Scope and Content Strategy
  • People and Workflows
  • Journal Management
  • Design
  • Marketing and Distribution
  • Financing
  • Licenses

Each of these areas is provided with basic information, advice, illustrations, or key questions to ask yourself. The poster is rounded out by some useful key terms and a reference list including further readings, important organizations and links to journal management software and Open Access directories.

Please read, share, and enjoy! We are thankful for critique and feedback, for spreading the word, and passing on this poster to your friends, colleagues, and students. And please let us know when you start your own Open Access journal!

Andreas Kirchner


5 responses to

  1. This is quite incredible and I love it! Well done to all of you.

    Some comments:

    Choosing a journal title
    It’s quite important that the journal name adheres to the OASPA Principles of Transparency: http://oaspa.org/principles-of-transparency-and-best-practice-in-scholarly-publishing/ , numbers 7 and 9 in particular.

    Repositories & Archiving
    DOAJ was in discussions with C/LOCKSS very recently and LOCKSS is NOT the most suitable of the two programs for OA content. LOCKSS is a for-fee service where libraries can preserve archives of their paid-for journal subscriptions. Feedback to C/LOCKSS themselves from the librarian community showed that librarians were not keen to have open access content preserved in LOCKSS. Vicki Reich of C/LOCKSS recommends CLOCKSS as being the most suitable place for all open access content.

    Distribution & Marketing
    Shouldn’t social media be included in here somewhere?

    Metrics & Analytics
    Google Analytics is a good free tool for web metrics and has a huge support network behind it.

    Finally, the OAD Simmons open access wiki is a great resource for all things OA: http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Main_Page

    • Andreas Kirchner July 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Dear Dom

      Thanks a lot for your great feedback! This is exactly what we were looking for. We’ll discuss your helpful hints and incorporate them into our 2.0 version.


  2. Thank you for creating this great resource!
    We would like to link to it from our site, as part of one of the scholarly publishing resources; would that be ok?

    PKP Team

    • Andreas Kirchner July 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Dear Karen

      Many thanks! We’re glad you like our poster. Please feel free to link to it from your site.


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