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Martin Paul Eve

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Following on from part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4, this is the third in a series of posts designed to get a new journal off the ground.

So, you've got your issue together. It's all typeset, final galleys are uploaded and you're ready to launch.Pressing the final button is scary and is a cause for celebration, but it's by no means the end of this issue, nor of the immense (but now manageable) task of continued editing.

This final portion of the guide aims to provide a list of post-publication tasks that you need to undertake.



Notify your ISSN centre that your first issue has been published. This is a requirement of the ISSN issue in the first place.


Submit your title to the Directory of Open Access Journals. This will ensure that your journal is integrated with library catalogue software such as SFX, although I believe these updates take six months to propagate.

Upload your DOI information to CrossRef

In your journal, go to User Home -> Journal Manager -> System Plugins -> Import/Export Plugins -> CrossRef XML Export Plugin -> Import/Export Data. Select the new articles or issue that you want to export. Then, go to your CrossRef panel and upload the resultant XML file. You'll get an email when this has been processed. Providing there has been no errors, the DOI URLs will now be active and should resolve.



Add your new title to JournalTOCs after following the instructions for enabling RSS. You probably also want to add your journal to the New Journals mailing list. Roddy Macleod, who runs the JournalTOCs setup, also sent me a link to an article that makes the case for RSS feeds on journals.


Now is the time to get your archival system up and running. CLOCKSS have a very quick turnaround, it seems. By their estimate, I'll be ready to go in a week. If you're based in the UK, you might also be interested in the British Library's electronic deposit service.

The Difficult Second Issue

If a journal survives beyond its second issue, I think its fairly certain to continue. Make sure you have content ready to tide you over. If there's a conference that would yield an edited collection, a special issue could be just the thing.

We can change the scholarly publishing world, but it's up to you. I hope this guide has provided some useful information on what's involved and ways to go about it. If you want to email me about anything herein, feel free.

In the meanwhile, good luck.