Journal editing in the age of open access: a reflection on opportunities and challenges

Sarah McCord, Terry Taylor
2010 Communications in Information Literacy  
Co-editors, Communications in Information Literacy "Focus on Assessment" theme issue With the advent of open access publishing and the press for authors to retain copyright to the work they create, the scholarly community is returning to its roots-information reviewed and disseminated by scholars, for scholars. While most discussion in the literature relates to how open access returns the power to the author, we have found comparatively little discussion on how critical the work of reviewers
more » ... ork of reviewers and editors is to the growth and maintenance of an accessible common space for the presentation of scholarly ideas. As the guest editors of the first theme issue of CIL, we thought we'd share some of our observations on our work in what we have come to think of as the "garden of open access," and what we have learned about the process. Although the responsibilities and challenges of being "in charge" are many, the discoveries and rewards that come from working with an exceptional group of colleagues are worthwhile. In previous editorials, Stew Brower and Chris Hollister have talked about many of the administrative decisions they have made in establishing CIL as an independent, open access publication. We have grouped our observations into three areas: content, publishing decisions and timelines, and collaboration. We hope that this discussion might provide insight and guidance to other journal editors who join us in tending our common garden. Content recruitment remains the key to a successful publication. In addition to sending out calls for contributions via email distribution lists, newsletters, and the CIL web site, we mined conference abstracts for potential contributors, directly contacted professional organizations with publicity materials, and did our best to get the word out about the theme issue. The variety found in this issue was a
doi:10.15760/comminfolit.2010.3.2.70 fatcat:23ff7qjxwncnndpsmsarop36si