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UKeiG's Journal eLucidate has a new home

Posted By John A. Wickenden, 28 April 2020

UKeiG is proud to announce the launch of the latest issue of eLucidate (Volume 16, issue 2 2020) on a new web platform, using the Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journal Systems (OJS) hosted by the University of Alberta.

PKP is a multi-university initiative developing free open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing.

Open Journal Systems (OJS) is an open source software application for managing and publishing scholarly articles and issues online. Originally developed and released by PKP in 2001 to improve access to research, it is a widely used open source international journal publishing platform.

In the first phase of our OJS project the entire sixteen year run of eLucidate, previously only available to readers as an entire issue PDF download, can now be searched and downloaded on an article by article basis. You can also register to receive notifications of new content and publications. Just click on the ‘Register’ button at the top-right of the eLucidate home page and tick the box: ‘Yes, I would like to be notified of new publications and announcements’ near the bottom of the screen. Authors are now able make online submissions to eLucidate. You will first need to register a user account with the journal and log in. Start the process by clicking on the ‘Register’ button at the top-right of the home page.

The second phase of the project will utilise OJS as a tool for managing UKeiG's editorial workflow. It offers some great features, including peer review. OJS is also integrated with scholarly publishing services including Crossref, ORCiD, and DOAJ and is recommended by Google Scholar for ease of indexing and discoverability.

David Ball, Chair of UKeiG, welcomed the launch, saying 'this represents a major step forward for eLucidate, in terms of its continuation as a Diamond Open Access journal and of the discoverability and accessibility of its content. The comprehensive functionality of the OJS software will be of great benefit to readers, authors and the editorial team of eLucidate. We are most grateful to the University of Alberta for their support and hosting.'

Special thanks go to Sonya Betz and Emily Zheng from the University of Alberta Libraries team for patiently holding our hands throughout this project, and to UKeiG management committee member Ralph Samuels for his time, effort and oversight of the project. 

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