Launching your own academic journal shouldn’t just be a pipedream!

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This post is for you if you don’t feel you have a home for your research. It’s for you if you are in a niche field not well covered by broader journals or part of a community that is growing in confidence, but hasn’t a journal to call its own. Most importantly though, it’s for you if have the will and vision to launch your own journal and help to take back control of publishing.

If you are still reading, then this is you, and we salute you. Your endeavour will make a change for the better. And change in publishing is needed. You are taking back control and will put in the work to make a new journal a reality. We know it’s hard, but isn’t that true of everything worthwhile? We believe in you. Voices like yours must be heard. You have the contacts to bring together an impressive editorial board. You will mobilise reviewers and attract the best papers to increase the quality and quantity of research published in your area. If you don’t do this, then who will?

Your journal is your mission, but we will help. You needn’t do this alone. We have cloud-based systems to handle the backend processes. Our submission, peer review and publishing systems are user friendly and make your content discoverable. You only need to focus on your editorial roles. And don’t worry about cost, we have you covered! You are just starting out and will publish few papers — so why not do it for free? We will give you the systems, a website and PDF articles (with DOIs) that are indexed in Google Scholar. There’s no catch, we just want to help get your journal started. You can set up your journal in minutes and can publish up to five articles per year for free.

We want your journal to grow and want you to grow with us. In time, we hope you will upgrade to our unlimited package and then on to our full-text HTML product that will make your research even more discoverable; but only when the time is right! Even then, we will only charge £300 per article, which is much, much lower than traditional publishers.

But that’s for the future. You just need to get started. So what are you waiting for? Your journal awaits. Launch it today for free. There is no obligation and you will be changing publishing for the better!

Veruscript Publishing Services helps you to launch your own journals. Our basic package is free of charge, which lets you publish up to five PDF articles per year and gives you your own website. Launch your journal today by contacting us at

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Out of the Comfort Zone: Web Literacy Training for Library Staff

The Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library is currently participating in the Mozilla Foundation’s Web Literacy pilot funded by an IMLS grant. The pilot includes 8 other libraries spread across the US from New York to Oregon.

The web literacy framework is based on three core 21st century skills: read, write, and participate. These areas are divided into more specific skills such as search, navigate, code, and protect.

A framework for entry-level web literacy & 21st Century skills. Source credit:

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Start-up story: Glasstree Academic Publishing

By Jean Roberts

Glasstree Academic Publishing is a non-licence cloud-based content dissemination platform supporting e-book, print and open access (OA) publishing, which was launched in November 2016. Glasstree is a subdivision of, a large USA-based independent publishing platform which has published more than two million books since 2002. Lulu analyzed their author database and discovered that at least 38 per cent of Lulu’s content was produced by academic authors independently publishing their works. The company was keen to look at ways it could better understand and support this academic community. It became apparent that this pattern of publishing was indicative of an emerging trend, a drive to seek alternative means of getting content into the public domain, embraced by a group of academic entrepreneurial innovators who wanted their work to become accessible and were willing to sacrifice their relationships with traditional publishing in order to do so.

After conducting direct discussions with a representative sample of those academics, Lulu supported the concept that every academic professional in every institution should have the right to publish their monographs, books, articles and papers independently. After major collaboration with these academics, Glasstree Academic Publishing was launched to better support their needs and provide a focused academic content platform, incorporating the same functions and services as a traditional academic publisher would provide. The idea was not only to replicate, but to improve upon the experience that traditional publishers provide to authors, particularly as regards the ability to redirect ownership and revenues back to the author. Glasstree offers print and digital options, copy-editing services, gold OA and peer review, as well as various discoverability and impact metric tools.

The fundamental principles of Glasstree are:

  • providing an equitable profit-sharing model for academics and their supporting institutions
  • providing better control and visibility of content
  • the ability for authors and institutions to set the price of their own work
  • a quicker route to market
  • a fairer profit-sharing model (70 per cent of royalties instead of the industry average of nine per cent).

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Jean Roberts is Business Development Director for Glasstree Academic Publishing

Open access rates of a institution’s output vs a LIS Journal output — or are librarians walking the talk?

Open access rates of a institution’s output vs a LIS Journal output — or are librarians walking the talk?

I was using a combination of oadoi + Openrefine described here to determine the % of free to read for my institutions.

Basically, I pulled a list of dois via Scopus, pulled them into openrefine and used openrefine to pull in results via’s API, parsing the JSON output with openrefine functions.

Being inspired by 1Science’s oafigr service that claims to help librarians with subscription decisions by telling them the amount that was already free to read, I also did the same for a few LIS Journals.

In particularly I chose more practitioner LIS journals like journal of academic librarianship, to see if librarians were “walking the talk” as they say in self archiving and promoting Green OA.

What did I find? Continue reading “Open access rates of a institution’s output vs a LIS Journal output — or are librarians walking the talk?”

What Will Libraries of the Future Look Like?

“The term hybrid library is not a new one in the lexicon of academic librarians. Indeed, it has been synonymous with the identity of the modern academic library for over two decades now – a mid-point in the transition of academic libraries from tangible places in which traditional, print-based materials are acquired and made available, to fully digital spaces acting as gateways to networked resources (Oppenheim and Smithson, 1999). Arguably, current ‘state of the art’ academic libraries remain emblematic of the hybrid library. The new Main Library at the University of Birmingham where I work, for example, opened in September 2016 and offers patrons access to both print and digital resources, with technology-enabled public spaces offered alongside a Research Reserve dedicated to the print body of our research collection (University of Birmingham, 2017).”

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