LibraryPress@UF is proud to offer a variety of publishing services, primarily in support of open access and digital publishing. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Identification of best platforms/tools
  • Facilitation with technical experts
  • LibraryPress@UF publications
    • Accessibility review
    • Basic graphic design
    • Facilitation of peer review
    • Marketing and cataloging
    • Reporting of usage metrics
    • Preservation planning and implementation

We appreciate that every project is different, and some may require a customized approach to publication. We welcome the opportunity to discuss what support may be available for your work.

Open Access Journals

The George A. Smathers Libraries support over 20 open access journals publishing on Florida Online Journals (Florida OJ), using Open Journal Systems. This software supports editors working through all stages of the editorial process, from submission to publication. OJS allows authors to submit manuscripts, editors to assign peer reviewers, reviewers to submit their reviews, and editors to manage workflows for copyediting, design, and final publication.

Available support services from the LibraryPress@UF to Florida OJ publishing partners include:

  • Editorial workflow consultation
  • Usage statistics
  • Recommended language for editorial policies
  • DOI registration
  • Customized designs for website banners and logos
  • Technical support
  • Training
  • And more!

The following requirements must be met in order for a journal to be eligible for publishing on Florida OJ:

  1. New journals must have at least one person with a current University of Florida affiliation who will serve on the journal’s initial editorial board. Journals are free to accept submissions from non-UF scholars.
  2. Student journals must have a department or unit that will sponsor or be directly affiliated with the journal.
  3. Journals will not charge author processing charges (APCs) to submit or publish articles.
  4. Journals will allow authors to retain copyright of their own work.
    • The LP@UF recommends that journals use a Creative Commons license to mutually benefit interests of the journal and the author.
  5. Journals must ensure that any students involved in the production of the journal are paid, provided course credit, afforded professionalization support (as is the case for student-run journals, or a combination of two or more of these for their work.
  6. The staff of the journal must check all bibliographic references appearing in accepted manuscripts and add DOIs for any that are missing them (see information from Crossref).
  7. At least one member of the editorial board should take the PKP School’s Setting Up a Journal in OJS 3 online course to familiarize themselves with the platform and its functions. While we can provide basic troubleshooting for technical problems with the platform, we cannot provide full tech support or production work for individual journals.
  8. The LibraryPress@UF reserves the right to act on behalf of our journals in the following matters:
    • ISSN registration
    • Submitting the journal for consideration for indexing in EBSCO and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  9. Whenever resources allow, the LibraryPress@UF will stay in communication with journal editors about best practices for open access journal publishing, including informing the editors about ways to professionalize the journal and updating them about new and ongoing professionalization projects for journals that the LP@UF is developing.
  10. The LibraryPress@UF reserves the right to ensure that the design, branding, and content of the journal site complies with web and accessibility standards and University of Florida policies and the LibraryPress@UF’s internal templates.

For more information, please visit our Publishing with Florida OJ LibGuide.

If you are interested in starting a new journal, please fill out our consultation form.

Conference Proceedings

Annual conference proceedings with connection to or a sponsor from the University of Florida are eligible for publication in Florida OJ. For one-time conference proceedings, we are happy to guide you through other options, such as uploading a PDF for preservation to the IR@UF or publishing a book of formal proceedings through Pressbooks.

Open Access Monographs

The LibraryPress@UF publishes born-digital scholarship, journals, conference proceedings, works in special formats or limited editions (e.g., artists’ books), works that amplify the impact of the Libraries’ collections, and community- or partner-driven scholarship and public humanities outputs. For more information about open access monograph publishing, please visit the LibraryPress@UF website. Have a project in mind? Please submit a proposal.