New software helps York journals publish online

York-affiliated journals are or soon will be available online thanks to user-friendly software made available through a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) project.

CFI has granted over $11.5 million to Synergies, an initiative to promote Canadian research through the digitization and creation of digital journals in the humanities and social sciences. By participating in the CFI Synergies project, York University Libraries can offer access to Open Journal Systems (OJS) software that enables journals to publish their material online.

“This project will have significance around the world,” says Cynthia Archer (right), University Librarian. “Libraries across Canada are collaborating to facilitate the digitizing, publishing and archiving of scholarly communications in electronic format. York University Libraries is proud to be an early participant in this project.”

So far, two York journals – Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies and CAML Review  – have used the software to make issues available online (see the Dec. 8 issue of YFile). Refuge, a journal published by the Centre for Refugee Studies, and York’s first student newspaper, Pro Tem, will be live soon. Other titles in development include Social History and Left History. York University Libraries are also collaborating with York professors who hope to create newborn digital journals, such as The Feminist Nurse.

For more information about Open Journal Systems and how York University Libraries can help your York-affiliated journal publish online, contact Andrea Kosavic.