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What we can learn from the online graveyard of inactive undergraduate student journals

Faculty Advisor




undergraduate research, open access, academic journals, archiving, institutional repositories

Abstract (summary)

Undergraduate open access journals provide a valuable opportunity for students to disseminate their work online and begin to establish an academic footprint, while learning about academic peer-review and publishing processes first-hand. At the same time that these publications give direct benefit to students, however, many of these venues have come and gone over the last two decades, raising questions as to what it takes to keep a student journal going consistently long-term, as well as what to do with these publications once they have ceased production. Drawing on findings from an analysis of student journals that have been inactive for at least two years and that are hosted by North American university publishing services, this presentation investigates common reasons why student journals become defunct. In light of these findings, it provides insights into how current university journal hosting service providers and publishers can help ensure the continued existence of student publications moving forward. It also discusses best practices around what to do when a student journal is discontinued in terms of communicating to users that the journal is no longer accepting submissions, and strategies for providing long-term access and digital preservation of these works.

Publication Information



Presented May 8, 2019 at the Library Publishing Forum in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)