Free publishing tool

I’ve just finished up an article about a Canadian academic  journal that I created 3 years ago, which was driven by graduate students . If it weren’t for the 50 volunteers (who became mentors to authors) and a free online platform, we wouldn’t have been able to launch this valuable service.

During my role as founding journal editor, I came to know pretty well the free online platform, the Open Journal System, created by John Willinsky and a team at UBC and SFU in Canada. This is a group of people who believe in the free dissemination of ideas and work in order to increase the knowledge base, networks, and sharing of research.

I think this tool could be used in learning by having students create their own ‘journal’ of sorts. The platform manages documents, submissions, communication, and presentations. It also has a French language feature, and the design/look is customizable. In essence, it could become a student-driven project showcasing their work, opinions, thoughts, and reflections in a collaborative and professional way.

  • Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton March 19, 2010, 6:13 am

    Thanks for this excellent resource!

  • Olympus Team Sports School March 19, 2010, 11:36 am

    This looks great Kelly. I would like to keep in touch with you on this … perhaps it would be a good platform for Olympus students to connect their work with others?

    • edmusings March 20, 2010, 10:13 am

      Hi, Gary. Great school and congratulations on getting that going! The OJS system is very polished and professional looking, and there is capacity to redesign the look, so students could customize it. It would sit on your server. I would check it out at: Let me know if you have any specific questions.

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