Digital Commons is a publishing platform that allows for many types of publications in an electronic and Open Access environment and with many levels of involvement.
Library support services include:
The system and library does not:
Phases of Journal Development
Phase 1: Meet with IR coordinator to create a scope of work for your journal.
New editors and existing editorial boards will meet with Digital Commons staff to discuss the journal and review:
Phase 2: Design
In consultation with Digital Commons staff, journal editors will provide detailed design specifications for the journal. This includes colors, logo, typography, and layout. Digital Commons journals are based on a template. Bepress, the Digital Commons vendor, provides design services and will create a journal site design based on the design specifications provided by the editors and within the template parameters.
BePress designers will provide 3 iterations of the design at no cost to the journal editors. Therefore, it is important to be as specific and provide as much design direction as possible. The designers will provide a mockup of the site and editors will have an opportunity to review and provide additional feedback to the designers.
Phase 3: Demo and Training
Once the design has been approved by the editors, a demo site is created. This demo site will provide editors an opportunity to work and test the site. This demo site will also be used for training purposes. All editors will receive training on the demo journal site before it is launched.
Site text, including “about the journal”, submission instructions, information about the editorial board, and journal policies should be added to the demo site before launch.
Phase 4: Launch
Once the editors have been trained and the site text has been added, the journal is ready to be launched. After the journal is launched, it is ready to receive submissions.