This project aims to develop a platform using EPrints software as a low cost, sustainable method to convert the University journal, Teaching in Lifelong Learning, from its existing model of a print subscription journal to an Open Access (OA) e-journal with a print-on-demand option.

Huddersfield Open Access Publishing (HOAP)

This project aims to develop a platform using EPrints software as a low cost, sustainable method to convert the University journal, Teaching in Lifelong Learning, from its existing model of a print subscription journal to an Open Access (OA) e-journal with a print-on-demand option.

Teaching in Lifelong Learning: a journal to inform and improve practice was conceived and initiated as one objective of the application by the University of Huddersfield, along with its partner colleges and wider networks in the lifelong learning sector (LLS), to become a Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (CETT) in 2007. This included the establishment of a journal that would provide the following:

  • Papers that reflected on work that focused specifically on practitioners and trainee teachers in ITT and CPD across the LLS

  • An opportunity for novice researchers from the sector to develop and hone their writing for publication skills with shorter papers (two to four thousand words) but yet were peer reviewed and met the normal academic standard expected in published journals

  • A space for practitioners who had undertaken dissertations at Masters level or who had undertaken research in their own organisations, to present their findings to a wider audience and to the benefit of that audience

  • Contributions to practitioners’ understanding of pertinent issues that would inform their practice, thus improving their capacity and that of the sector in quality enhancement

  • As a cross-CETT production, the journal would be an accessible, relevant and focussed publication that was written by the sector, about the sector and for the sector

  • A cost-effective method of introducing trainee teachers to academic publications

  • A journal that could be used to inform policy-makers and stakeholders and represent a thoughtful, considered and practical approach yet founded on solid academic constructs

Objectives

Given the current economic climate, the search has been to find a sustainable format for the Teaching in Lifelong Learning journal and an OA; online facility would fulfil this objective. This platform will then be used as a pilot to convert other existing University journals as well as a ‘best of Huddersfield research’ title that would draw its content from the Repository. The project will develop a toolkit for other institutions to use, including protocols to promote open access and self-archiving as well as a fully functional platform from EPrints that can be adopted for other open access journals

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

The primary outputs will be

  • Fully open access journal(s)

  • Protocols to promote open access and self-archiving

  • A toolkit for other HEIs to adopt

  • A ‘best of Huddersfield research’ journal

Outcomes are to develop new protocols to promote open access and self-archiving which will:

  • Create a generic ‘notes for contributors’ section

  • Assign copyright to the author using a licence to publish

  • Send a PDF of the article to the author for use in repositories etc.

  • Move to a SHERPA ROMEO green model where authors can archive pre-print, post-print and publisher version/PDF

Summary
Start date
1 May 2011
End date
31 October 2011
Funding programme
Information Environment Programme 2009-11
Strand
Scholarly Communications
Project website
Lead institutions
University of Huddersfield