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Student Journal Forum 2015

Students check out IDIOM, the English Undergraduate Academic Journal

Student editors from the University of Toronto Medical Journal

Mark Kingwell presents the faculty perspective on student publishing

Mariya Maistrovskaya explains the 'many hats' of journal publishing


On Thursday, October 22, 2015, University of Toronto Libraries hosted a Student Journal Forum...

This day-long event brought together current and aspiring student journal editors at U of T. The forum was filled with short talks on the journal process, and included presentations from librarians, faculty members, and student journal editors.

Richard Carter, Graeme Slaght, and Mariya Maistrovskaya presented on the peer review process, copyright and open access, and electronic journal publishing with Open Journal System, respectively. Professor Mark Kingwell spoke about his own insights on the editorial process from his experience as a writer, columnist, and editor. Two student journals, University of Toronto Medical Journal and Camera Stylo gave talks on best practices for sustaining journals, and journal production and design. A portion of the afternoon was set aside for current student journal editors to network with their peers, and showcase their own journals through a "show and tell". Loryl MacDonald and Barbara Edwards from the U of T Archives were also present to help journals be properly preserved and archived.





Presentation Files
10:00-10:10 Opening Remarks
10:10-10:40 Peer-Review Process Richard Carter,
Reference Librarian, 
Kelly Library
Peer-Review: An Introduction
10:40-10:50 Break
10:50-11:20 Best Practices for Successful and Sustainable Journals University of Toronto Medical Journal Best Practices
11:25-11:55 Copyright and Open Access Graeme Slaght, Copyright Outreach Librarian Introduction to Copyright and Open Access for Student Journals
11:55-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:35 Faculty insights on the Editorial Process Professor Mark Kingwell
1:40-2:10 Electronic Publishing with Open Journal System Mariya Maistrovskaya,
Institutional Repositories Librarian
2:15-2:45 Journal Production and Design Camera Stylo
2:45-3:00 Break

Journal Clinic and Networking

'Show and Tell' of participating student journals with time to get feedback on your publications.

Please bring copies of your journals if you want to participate.

Various student journals


Mark Kingwell

Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto

Mark Kingwell is a professor of philosophy and associate chair at the University of Toronto's Department of Philosophy. His interests lie in social and political theory, philosophy of art, architecture and design, and 20th-century continental philosophy.

Professor Kingwell has authored, co-authored and edited fifteen books and a number of articles. He received the Spitz Prize for political theory (1997), Drummer-General’s award for non-fiction (1998), National Magazine Awards for essay-writing (2002) and columns (2004) and a number of other prestigious awards.

He edited The Varsity through 1983 to 1984 and the University of Toronto Review from 84-85 and has contributed to a number of other journals and magazines as an editor and a columnist. Professor Kingwell will be joining us at the Forum to share his insights on the editorial process.

Presentation: Faculty insights on the Editorial Process


Graeme Slaght

Copyright Outreach Librarian, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office, University of Toronto

Graeme is a Copyright Outreach Librarian in the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office at the University of Toronto Libraries. Graeme works in the provision of copyright and scholarly communications-related project and policy expertise to the University community at large.

University community at large. Other responsibilities include engaging in directed, University-wide research on scholarly communications and copyright issues, working across the library to support open access and other forms of scholarly communication as well as working on licensing and permissions issues. He holds a MSI from the University of Michigan, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Publishing from Ryerson University and an Honours B.A. in English Literature from Concordia University.

Presentation: Copyright and Open Access


Mariya Maistrovskaya

Institutional Repositories Librarian, Information Technology Services , University of Toronto Libraries

Mariya Maistrovskaya is an Institutional Repositories Librarian at the Information Technology Services of the University of Toronto Libraries. She joined the ITS team in 2015 to manage a suite of institutional repositories, including Journal Production Services, TSpace, and MyMedia. Prior to starting with the UTL, Mariya worked at the Canadian Agriculture Library and the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa.

Presentation: Electronic Publishing with Open Journal Systems


Richard Carter

Reference Librarian, Kelly Library

Richard Carter is a Reference Librarian at Kelly Library. He has journalism and English degrees from Carleton University and library qualification from the University of Toronto.

Richard helps students and faculty with research. In addition to spending regular hours on the reference desk, he chooses titles for Celtic Studies, English, and German, teaches students how to find and make sense of print and web resources, and co-ordinates the St. Mike’s Research and Academic Skills Centre. Richard will be joining us at the Forum to talk about peer-review process.

Presentation: Peer Review Process

Journal Show & Tell

As part of the Journal Clinic and Networking session at the end of the day, student journals were invited to showcase their journals and receive feedback on their publications:

  • University of Toronto Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies 
  • Juxtaposition Global Health Magazine
  • University of Toronto Medical Journal  
  • VOX, the Woodsworth College Academic Undergraduate Journal
  • IDIOM: English Undergraduate Academic Journal