Journal of Scholarly Publishing

Journal of Scholarly Publishing

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A must for anyone who crosses the scholarly publishing path-authors, editors, marketers and publishers of books and journals.

Journal of Scholarly Publishing targets the unique issues facing the scholarly publishing industry today. It is the indispensable resource for academics and publishers that addresses the new challenges resulting from changes in technology, funding and innovations in publishing.  In serving the wide-ranging interests of the international academic publishing community, JSP provides a balanced look at the issues and concerns, from solutions to everyday publishing problems to commentary on the philosophical questions at large.

JSP has also examined the future of scholarly publishing, scholarship on the web, digitization, copyright, editorial policies, computer applications, marketing, and pricing models.

Published quarterly.

E-ISSN: 1710-1166
ISSN: 1198-9742

Alex Holzman comes to JSP from a long and accomplished career in scholarly publishing. He was the director of Temple University Press and president of the Association of American University Presses from 2008-2009. Alex also manages a scholarly communications consultant firm, Alex Publishing Solutions.

Robert Brown has a Ph.D. in English and has completed the Scholarly Publishing Program at Arizona State University. A published contributor to past issues of JSP , Robert also has lent his skills to the Journal of Neurosurgery and Science Editor, in addition to his freelance editorial work.
Contact the Editors :

Editorial Advisory Board
Al Greco, Fordham Business School
Rich Hendel, freelance designer
Penny Kaiserlian, Director emerita, University of Virginia Press
Nicole Mitchell, Director, University of Washington Press
Ian Montagnes, editor emeritus
Jane Potter, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Bill Regier, Director, University of Illinois Press
William W. Savage Jr., emeritus, University of Oklahoma
Bill Sisler, Director, Harvard University Press
Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Director, Rare Book School, University of Virginia
Sandy Thatcher, Director emeritus, Penn State University Press

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Contributors are key to our journals’ success. If you are/have been a contributor to JSP and would like to tell us about your experience, please complete our contributor survey. Thank you! We value and appreciate your input.

Send submissions to:
Alex Holzman and Robert Brown

To download the Journal of Scholarly Publishing's full submission guidelines, click here.

Manuscript Preparation

  • Manuscript must be in MS Word (.doc or .docx), be 1500 to 6000 words long (endnotes included), and should have no formatting or styles added only to enhance its appearance; plainer is easier to edit.
  • Use hard returns only at the end of paragraphs; do not use space bar to indent or to center text; do not add extra space between paragraphs, insert headers or footers, or put two spaces after periods.
  • Manuscript must include an 1) abstract of around 150 words; 2) up to five subject keywords (word or short phrase); 3) biographical note of fifteen to fifty words for each author, written in complete sentences, which may include an email address.
  • References are endnotes that run consecutively at the end of the manuscript. Use MS Word’s automatic endnote function to insert a superscript Arabic number; these numbers appear after punctuation and closing quotation mark, with no intervening space: e.g., ‘Superscript number goes outside.’14
  • Explanatory notes that are not references are also inserted as consecutive endnotes using a superscript Arabic number; they are interspersed with, not separated from, reference endnotes.
  • Figures must be sent as separate high-resolution (minimum of 300 pixels per inch) JPEG, TIFF, or EPS files in colour if possible (images will be published in greyscale in print and colour online; low-resolution figures may also be inserted in the manuscript for convenience of reading); figures need to have a descriptive caption (e.g., Figure 1. Bar graph representing . . .) and a callout (e.g., see Figure 1) in the manuscript; image files downloaded from the Internet or screenshots taken from the Internet or from proprietary software must have written permission for reproduction from the copyright owner if protected by copyright; authors are responsible for obtaining this permission. The image permission form is available upon request.
  • Tables should be designed as simple grids, free of all but basic formatting; tables need to have a descriptive title (e.g., Table 2. Publisher titles classified by . . .) and a callout (e.g., see Table 2).
  • First-level headings are bold; second-level headings are bold italics; third-level headings are italic.
  • Numbers: write out numbers one to ninety-nine except for percentages (24 per cent), units of measure (8 kilograms), money ($100 USD), and numbers in figures and tables. Use numerals for all numbers 100 and higher.
  • Use single quotation marks; only use double marks for quotes ‘inside’ other quotes: e.g., The author instructions say, ‘use double marks for quotes “inside” other quotes.’
  • Spelling follows the Canadian Oxford Dictionary; hyphenation follows the Concise Oxford Dictionary.

Endnote References

  • JSP uses ‘notes’ style from the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (see chap. 14). Unlike APA or MLA style, which must provide some bibliographic information inside parentheses in the body of the text (author last name, publication date, or page number), Chicago notes provide the bibliographic information in the endnotes, each matched to a superscript number in the text.
  • Do not insert references using software such as EndNote, which adds a layer of embedded coding to the manuscript; use only MS Word’s built-in endnote function to insert references.
  • Use a shortened citation to cite a reference again that has already been cited once in full. A shortened citation includes only author(s) last name, abbreviated title, and page number(s) [optional: page number needed only when note refers to particular page(s)].
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Call for Papers
Special Issue: Open Access
Alex Holzman, Co-Editor; Robert Brown, Co-Editor
Marguerite Avery, Guest Co-Editor
Deadline: March 15, 2017
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Open access has evolved into a social movement and gained traction in the scholarly community as an important cause. Yet its impact has so far been limited, due to its fragmented messaging, inconsistent policies, and sometimes fractious discussions. Although open access stands to affect scholarly publishing as a whole, its proper implementation and cost-benefit effect on scholarship remain unsettled issues. Before we can agree on the viability of open access, we need more input from all parties with a stake in its outcome.

For a special issue of the Journal of Scholarly Publishing (volume 49, number 1, October 2017), the co-editors invite submissions from those engaged with open access who can shed light on this economic and moral concept now playing out across the scholarly communication ecosystem. We welcome submissions from anyone with insight into how open access publishing works, or could work. That includes publishers, librarians, scholars, editors, lawyers, technologists, university administrators, and government employees. Suggested submissions include the following:

  • case studies of open access projects, initiatives, and ventures
  • analyses of open access policies and practices across disciplines and publication types, publishers, and users
  • discussions of the push for open access from public policy mandates (e.g., NIH, NEH, NSF), private foundations, libraries, and authors
  • critiques of access to scholarly content and higher education, e.g., the global geography of unequal access to knowledge
  • considerations of how open access affects methods of assessing research impact (using traditional metrics and altmetrics) or evaluating candidates for tenure and promotion
  • legal and historical inquires into intellectual property, copyright, and the commons as pertaining to open access and Creative Commons licensing
  • evaluations of the impact of open access options on the distribution and marketing of books and journals
  • assessments of sustainable business models
  • proposals for changes to the ways scholars, librarians, and publishers work together, both within and across these professional categories
  • reviews of books or other publications about open access

Submissions may be from 1500 to 6000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures. The co-editors and one outside referee will review all submissions, and those reviewed will be sent back to the authors with queries for revision. Publication will be contingent on authors satisfactorily resolving all queries. Other requirements for manuscript preparation are available at

** Please note that the Journal of Scholarly Publishing's special issue on Open Access will allow authors to make their articles Green Open Access. The 12 month embargo period will be waived so that authors that publish articles within this issue will be able to deposit a copy of their work in the institution's repository immediately following publication.
The Journal of Scholarly Publishing has been published since 1969 by the University of Toronto Press. It is indexed by Project MUSE, Academic Search Complete, and Computers & Applied Sciences Complete.

In response to the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications the Journal of Scholarly Publishing has developed a plan to ensure our authors are able to comply with the policy. There are two flavours of open access allowed by the Tri-Agency - green and gold - and we have an option for both.

Green Open Access
Twelve (12) months after publication of the version of record (i.e., the article after copyediting, tagging, typesetting, etc.), the author may deposit a copy of the accepted article in their institutional repository. Please let us know when the deposit is made so that we can update our records.

** Please note that the Journal of Scholarly Publishing's special issue on Open Access will waive the 12 month embargo period. Authors that publish articles within this issue will be able to deposit a copy of their work in the institution's repository immediately following publication.

Gold Open Access
At publication, the final version of record will become freely available on our primary platform, The Author Publication Charge is $3,000.

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