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Open-access Journal Publishing Resource Index

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) recently launched an Open-access Journal Publishing Resource Index, which marshals documents on OA journal publishing from several online sources into one location.

Here is an overview from the SPARC press release:

The new index complements the rich existing resource center by pointing to relevant sections in existing open-access journal publishing guides and to sample journal proposals, policies, bylaws, and other documentation to help with planning, development, and collaboration issues. Topics covered include:

* New Journal Planning
* Journal Publishing Program Policies
* Governance
* Editorial
* Marketing & Promotion
* Technical Platforms
* Sustainability Planning

Each broad topic in the index includes several subtopics with tangible advice and examples.  For example, the section on Editorial Issues includes the following subsections:

* Establishing an Editorial Board & Editorial Board Structure
* Organization Chart Examples
* Editorial Policies & Management
* Peer Review Policies
* Peer Review Policy Examples
* Copyright & Licensing
* Copyright Policy Examples
* Author Agreement Examples
* ISSN & DOI Registration
* Journal and Website Design
* Developing Initial Content
* Sample Calls for Papers/Participation

The Open-access Journal Publishing Resource Index is a great starting point for anyone interested in creating an open access journal. Thanks, SPARC!

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