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Establishing the Open Access, Student-Faculty-Run Cooper Rowan Medical Journal: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Monday, May 6
4:40 PM - 4:45 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : In 2018 the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) library was approached by a clinical faculty member and two medical students who expressed interest creating a legitimate, peer-reviewed journal to publish student research from around the world. The library took on the challenge of facilitating this project by creating all of the infrastructure necessary for students and faculty to then make the journal their own. The newly created Cooper Rowan Medical Journal (CRMJ) now has students embedded into the scholarly publishing and peer review process. The lightning talk will provide advice on starting peer-reviewed journals that are partially student-operated.


Description : The journal fills the niche of providing early-career scholars a home to highlight their scholarship, while learning the best practices of scholarly open access publishing. Technical details to cover are branding, website design, policy creation, training, and marketing. Students and faculty directed the journal’s scope. The publishing platform uses the university’s institutional repository (IR) BePress software. A key step, along with many others, was to provide instruction for students on how to conduct peer review. The librarians' roles as Managing Editors will be described, along with highlighting the current status of the journal project and next steps. There are many tips, best practices, as well as mistakes and warnings that may help health sciences librarians interested in carrying out similar publishing projects. CRMJ is now actively accepting manuscript submissions and students are working with faculty in the peer review process.


Conclusion : This project revealed unique challenges of working with multiple stakeholders and demonstrated that librarians can be excellent partners starting publishing projects. They ensure projects follow best practices such as: informing partners about Open Access issues, copyright, issuing of ISSNs/DOIs, and ethical publishing guidelines to increase the chances of the journal eventually being included in indices. Utilizing an IR can be a powerful educational tool and provide a great foundation to build on for future careers as scholars. Further, library professionals can take on the role of publisher using an IR’s platform. Students will continue to gain valuable scholarly publishing experience.


 

Amanda Adams

Reference & Instruction Librarian
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Camden, New Jersey

Amanda Adams, MLS, is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) and is active in the Philadelphia chapter of MLA.

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Benjamin Saracco

Reference and Research Librarian
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Camden, New Jersey

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