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Journal Publishing

This guide supports journal publishing initiatives across NYU by providing information about the various issues involved in journal publishing, including how to access NYU services that support this work.

Getting Started

There are different types of journals, just as there are many ways to start a journal. The checklist below is intended to give a general sense of the questions that frequently arise when starting a new journal. This list is not meant to be comprehensive - some items may not be relevant to your journal and there may be others not listed here that are important to consider.

Organizational Strategy

All journals, and particularly new ones, should be guided by a clear strategy. We recommend starting here, as these items will inform everything else.

  • Mission/Purpose
  • Scope
  • Audience
  • Governance
  • Volume and cadence of publication
  • Plan for renewal of roles/sustainability
  • Diversity in publishing policy or statement?

Operational Tasks

There are a range of tasks that will need to be considered for each issue.

  • Soliciting submissions/CFP
  • Setting up & maintaining author Guidelines (example: Journal of Student Affairs author guidelines)
  • Managing submissions
  • Making Editorial Decisions
  • Communicating with Reviewers
  • Communicating with Authors
  • Setting up & maintaining your standard publishing agreement (Copyright policy?)
  • Setting Acceptance and Revise & Resubmit policies
  • Preparing texts for online publication
  • Website development and maintenance
  • Publicizing release
  • Strategic planning
    • Identifying key topics and thematic areas to address

Roles and Management

Organization structure varies from journal to journal. Below are some conventional roles that many journals fill. Depending on the size and scope of your journal, you may have multiple people in one of these roles, or you may have one person filling many of these roles.

  •  Editorial Team
    • Managing editor
    • Acquisitions editor
  • Review Board
  • Copy editing and Design
  • Staging/Production
  • Communications and Outreach
  • Finance/Grants

Discovery and Preservation

Discovery refers to how scholars will find your journal’s content, and preservation refers to making content available for the long term. While they may not seem to be linked, they share common themes, such as persistent identifiers and metadata description.