About Our Journals

Journals at UC

The University of Cincinnati has journals treating subjects from across the humanities, life sciences, engineering, and technology studies. Several are edited by undergraduate and graduate students. We are looking to add journals in new subject areas that reflect emerging strengths of the university. Please contact us if you wish to either create a new open access journal or transition an existing journal from subscription-based to open access. Cincinnati Library Publishing Services (CLIPS) can assist with everything from crafting an initial proposal and mission statement to developing editorial policies and production workflows.

Given the breadth of interests covered by our journals, each editing team determines its peer review process and the qualifications of its peer reviewers. We encourage scholarly journals to have a blind peer review process clearly identified on their website. Non-peer reviewed content within peer reviewed journals is clearly identified. We can help with open access journals application for indexing by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Publishing Open Access Journals

CLIPS allows journals to determine their own copyright and licensing policies, although we strongly recommend that journals allow authors to retain their rights while giving the journal nonexclusive rights. We also recommend displaying a Creative Commons license.

CLIPS provides affordable digital publishing support for our faculty and students who want to produce and distribute open access journals in any subject area. We are interested in partnerships to create sustainable journals that are intellectually rigorous and open to all through our Open Journals Systems platform. We provide a suite of digital services that support academic researchers and authors: open access publishing, institutional repositories, authors’ rights and copyright advising, research data management, digital preservation, open educational resources, and support for the tools of digital scholarship.

Questions to Consider when starting a Journal

  • What is the source of funding for the journal?
  • How will the journal be staffed?
  • Is there a demonstrable need for journal in this subject area?
  • What is the scope of the project?
  • What will be handled in-house?
  • What is the expected deadline? Is it realistic?
  • How involved will the author want to be?
  • Is the file in your possession the final draft?

Journal Intake Questionnaire

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