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Student Journal Publishing

February 21, 2023 - Skills Session

This half-day series is focused on helping you and your editorial team expand your knowledge of the journal publishing process and develop your skills as student editors.


9:30-10:15am PST

10:30-11:15am MST

11:30am-12:15pm CST

12:30-1:15pm EST

1:30-2:15pm AST

The Practical and Important Stuff: Project Management for Beginners [access slides | access recording]


  • Priscilla Carmini, Scholarly Communications Librarian, York University

Is this your first time leading a project? Wonder how you will keep track of what needs to be done? In this session, we will discuss project management strategies to help you achieve your publications goals and secure your journal’s future success. This session is open to all student editors who are new to or interested in project management.

10:20-11:05am PST

11:30am-12:05pm MST

12:20-1:05pm CST

1:20-2:05pm EST

1:30-2:15pm AST

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Scholarly Publishing for Student Journals [access slides]


  • Jessica Lange, Coordinator, Scholarly Communications, McGill University; 
  • Michael David Miller, Liaison Librarian for French Literature, Quebec Studies, Economics, and Gender Studies, McGill University

Student journals offer a unique opportunity to critically engage with equitable and inclusive publication practices. This workshop describes specific actions journal teams can take to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their publication and teams based on existing journal practices. We will wrap up with a discussion on a case study on Anti-Black Publishing Practices in one journal.

11:10-11:55am PST

12:10-12:55pm MST

1:10-1:55pm CST

2:10-2:55pm EST

3:10-3:55pm AST

Peer Review Workshop: The ins-and-outs of the peer review process and how to be an effective reviewer [access slides | access handout | access recording]


  • Kate Shuttleworth, Digital Publishing Librarian. Simon Fraser University

Are you a current student journal editor looking to build a strong team of effective peer reviewers? Or a current or aspiring student journal peer reviewer looking to provide constructive reviews? This workshop will go over the basics of the peer-review process and what makes a good peer reviewer. We'll cover:

  • What is peer-review and why is it done?

  • Where does peer review fit into the journal publishing process?

  • What are the benefits of being a peer-reviewer and how can I become one or encourage my peers to volunteer?

  • What kinds of support and tools are available for peer reviewers?

  • What makes a good review and what are some examples of constructive feedback?

12:00-12:30pm PST

1:00-1:30pm MST

2:00-2:30pm CST

3:00-3:30pm EST

4:00-4:30pm AST

Tips and tricks to make your journal content discoverable online [access slides | access recording]


  • Mariya Maistrovskaya, Digital Publishing Librarian, University of Toronto

Your journal is publishing online and is openly accessible – but is it enough for your content to be widely discoverable? How and where can readers and potential authors find it? In this session we will go over:

  • Strategies to make your journal more discoverable online

  • Common issues that harm discoverability and how to avoid them

  • Navigating journal inclusion requirements for academic indexes and databases

12:35-1:20pm PST

1:35-1:20pm MST

2:35-3:20pm CST

3:35-4:20pm EST

4:35-5:20pm AST

Demystifying copyright and author rights for your journal [access slides | access recording]


  • Graeme Slaght, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Outreach Librarian, University of Toronto

Managing copyright and author rights at your journal can seem complex. However, there a few simple strategies that journals can adopt to make this area clear and productive for all involved:

  • Establish a clear journal copyright policy

  • Administer the policy in a way that matches your policy

  • Consider the interests of your authors? What makes the most sense for them

1:20-1:30pm PST

2:20-2:30pm MST

3:20-3:30pm CST

4:20-4:30pm EST

5:20-5:30pm AST

Day 1 Closing Remarks                                                                                                                                                                  


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