Resources for Editors of Scholarly Journals: News from DPS

Digital Publishing Services at the University of Kansas Libraries have created this guide to assist those thinking of starting a new journal or working with an existing journal. Contact Marianne Reed ( or Lyn Wolz ( for help.


Announcement for May, 2018:

Our newest journal, Issues in Language Instruction, is a "peer-reviewed journal for and by university instructors of English to speakers of additional languages (EAL). The mission of the journal is to explore innovation in all kinds of EAL instruction, including English for academic purposes, English for professional purposes, and general ESL at the university level. ILI welcomes all submissions related to the practice, interpretation, and advancement of our profession."

Announcement for November, 2017:

Two new journals from the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas are now available:

Announcement for March, 2017:

A new journal is now available:

  • Infrastructure Reseach Institute Reports showcase the work of the Infrastructure Research Institute in basic and applied research, development, and technology transfer in the fields of engineering, architecture, urban planning, economics, finance, political science, public administration, and law as they impact the global infrastructure.  Special emphasis is placed on state and local governments and commercial interests within the State of Kansas, the Kansas City metropolitan area, western Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Announcement for December, 2016:

Two new journals are now available:

  • The Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS) is a peer-reviewed journal focused on the history of Russian-American studies from the 18th to the 21st centuries.  Its aim is to be a forum for the latest scholarship regarding the history of the intricate relationship between Russia (broadly defined) and the United States.   The journal welcomes submissions and publishes articles and book reviews in English and Russian.
  • Chimères, a journal of French & Francophone Literatures and Cultures, published in print since 1967, is making its digital debut. The journal is managed by the Graduate Student Organization of the Department of French and Italian at the University of Kansas.  The goal of Chimères is to "contribute to and encourage the expansion of research and scholarship in all fields of Francophone study.  All 50 issues of the journal--from 1967-2015--are now available online. 

Announcement for September, 2016

I'm pleased to announce that we are releasing two new journals this month:

  • The Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities is a student-run, student-reviewed, and student-published annual academic journal. Its purpose is to provide a venue for undergraduates at the University of Kansas to share their research in the Humanities.
  • The Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship is a peer-reviewed open-access publication for original articles, reviews and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships and impact of copyright law on public, school, academic, and digital libraries, archives, museums, and research institutions and their educational initiatives.

The journal welcomes original research and practitioner experience papers, legal analysis, as well as submissions in alternative formats. 

Announcement for March, 2016:

Volumes 54-64 (2005-2016) of the University of Kansas Law Review, a student-edited journal of legal scholarship, is now available in KU ScholarWorks.  The journal publishes articles about all areas of law, but especially welcomes articles discussing state law issues, topics pertinent to the plains region, and legal ethics and legal advocacy skills. The Law Review publishes articles written by law professors, judges, and practicing attorneys. Each issue also contains legal notes or comments written by Law Review student editors. One issue in each volume exclusively treats issues of Kansas law.

Announcements for January, 2016:

A new subscription journal, Digital Treatise, is now available online.  From the journal web site, "Since the publication of the first volume in 1953, the aim of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology has been to present a comprehensive and authoritative statement of knowledge concerning groups of invertebrate fossils. 

Digital Treatise provides subscription-based access to PDF files of all 51 previously published, hardcover volumes of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology. Volumes can be downloaded in their entirety or as individual chapters.

Future volumes of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology will be added to Digital Treatise one year after the date of publication in hardcover format."

Announcements for June, 2015:

  • A new journal, the Journal of Montessori Research, has come online and is accepting submissions for a fall issue.  The Journal of Montessori Research "advances knowledge of Montessori education through both empirical research studies and critical reviews of the literature available in an open access forum. Submissions are invited from diverse disciplines and a range of research paradigms that contribute to scholarship for the Montessori community as well as the broader field of education."
  • Another new journal coming online this month is the Journal of Amateur Sport (JAMS).   JAMS is currently accepting submissions for its second issue.   According to the journal editors, "The overarching mission of the Journal of Amateur Sport (JAS) is to provide scholars an outlet in which to share scholarship relevant to the amateur sports realm. We define amateur sport as those who participate and govern at the youth, recreational, community, international, and intercollegiate level. We acknowledge the tenuous debate surrounding the amateurism of intercollegiate athletics, thus at this time we welcome examinations that are focused on the less commercialized avenues of college sport participation and governance (especially NCAA Division II, III, and other less publicized governing bodies and settings). Submissions from all disciplines are encouraged, including sociology, communication, and organizational behavior. Similarly, we welcome a wide array of methodological and structural approaches, including conceptual frameworks, narratives, surveys, interviews, and ethnographies."

Announcements for January, 2015: 

  • DOIs - At the request of our editors, KU Libraries has partnered with CrossRef to obtain DOI addresses for many journals hosted on KU ScholarWorks and OJS.  These DOIs provide a concise, permanent link to each article.  This project does not affect those articles that already have DOIs from other sources.  Many thanks to Erik Radio, Metadata Librarian, and Scott Hanrath, Assistant Dean of Information Technology and Discovery Services, for their efforts to make this a reality. 
  • OJS Upgrade -- The Open Journals System (OJS) software that hosts several journals will be upgraded the week of January 26th.   This upgrade will bring our installation up to the latest version and allow the DOI addresses for articles in OJS to be displayed to the public.