Digital Scholarship@UNLV: Journal FAQ

How much does it cost to publish a journal in Digital Scholarship@UNLV?

Digital Scholarship@UNLV is made available to UNLV faculty free of charge. Hardware, set-up, programming, maintenance, and support costs are paid by the UNLV Libraries.

Can we charge for or restrict access to our journal?

The UNLV libraries prefer all hosted journals to be open access and available to any user on the Internet. We support open access to research and discourage a pay wall for a subscription-based journal model. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Can an undergraduate or graduate student start a journal in Digital Scholarship@UNLV?

A UNLV faculty member must sponsor the journal.

Does all content in the journal have to be created by UNLV faculty?

Only UNLV faculty and research groups may use Digital Scholarship@UNLV to publish a journal. An editor, or the journal’s editorial board, through a peer-review process, decides on the journal content.

Do you offer editorial services for journals?

Editorial services, copyediting, indexing, and all other publication management functions are the responsibility of a journal’s editorial board or editor.

What type of support will UNLV Libraries offer for new journals?

UNLV Libraries will provide the basic set-up and set-up training with bepress’s Digital Commons®.

Will the UNLV Libraries ensure that commercial abstracting and indexing services index the journal?

This is the responsibility of the journal’s editorial board or editor.

Will UNLV Libraries assist with publicizing the journal?

Publicity for the journal is the responsibility of the journal’s editorial board or editor.

What is an ISSN and e-ISSN? Do I need one for my journal? How do I apply for it?

The Library of Congress issues International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSNs) for a hard copy journal (ISSN) and a digital copy journal (e-ISSN). Every journal in Digital Scholarship@UNLV must have an e-ISSN; you may need to apply for your journal’s serial number. The application process is simple and available at: The ISSNs are important for indexing a journal in abstracting and indexing databases. More information is available at:

Are there any other resources available to help in planning an open access journal?

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a resource focused on various aspects of open access journals.

The Information Program of the Open Society Institute (OSI) has published three practical guides for developers and publishers of open access journals. The three publications, which were developed under contract with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), are accessible online free of charge at

The "Guide to Business Planning for Launching a New Open Access Journal" and the "Guide to Business Planning for Converting a Subscription-based Journal to Open Access," first published in February 2003 are available in updated editions. A companion volume, "Model Business Plan: A Supplemental Guide for Open Access Journal Developers & Publishers," is also available.

The guide for a new open access journal focuses on how to plan for the launch, ongoing operation, and long-term sustainability of a new scholarly journal under a “gold” business model that provides for free access to research on an ongoing basis. The guide for an existing subscription-based journal addresses the interests of those contemplating or in the process of converting to an open access “green” model. The supplemental "Model Business Plan" is a chapter-by-chapter handbook for developing a complete business and financial plan.

Will UNLV Libraries help with identifying and addressing copyright issues connected with starting the journal?

Copyright and other legal issues are the responsibility of the journal’s editorial board or editor. Your journal must have obtained necessary copyright assurances for content published in the journal.

Do we need to have author licensing agreements?

The journal must obtain copyright assurances from authors. The language and form used for copyright agreements and the journal’s editorial board or editor must establish other details. Some examples include:

  • SPARC (
  • Creative Commons (

What is associated content?

Digital Scholarship@UNLV allows you to provide associated content (e.g., images, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, audio/video, etc.) with articles. Associated content is uploaded with the article or other file in the same item record.

Who do we contact at UNLV Libraries?

Marianne Buehler, Urban Sustainability Librarian/IR Administrator
or 702.895.2248