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Introduction & Background

Published continuously since 1905, the Indiana Magazine of History is one of the nation's oldest historical journals. Since 1913, the IMH has been edited and published quarterly at Indiana University, Bloomington. 

With funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) administered by the Indiana State Library, the Indiana University Libraries, in partnership with the editorial staff of the Indiana Magazine of History (IMH), launched an online version of the Indiana Magazine of History in 2008.

At that time, the IU Libraries treated the IMH Online as a classic electronic text project, following the TEI Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange (TEI), version P4, for the text encoding, and using a customized version of the open source eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) developed by the California Digital Library.  

In evaluating the long-term sustainability of the IMH Online, and trends in scholarly journal publishing today, members from the IU Libraries and the IMH editorial staff decided to migrate the journal to Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open-source journal management and publication system developed by the Public Knowledge Project.  OJS is widely used by libraries, scholarly and professional societies, and other cultural heritage organizations as a vehicle for open-access publishing, and it is a core publishing platform of the IU Libraries' IUScholarWorks Journals service.

The IMH online provides free online access to all but the most recent two years of the journals with release of new content scheduled annually in March. For access to the journal's most recent issues, you may subscribe directly to the IMH through the journal's website.

Encoding Overview

Despite the change in publishing platform, we will continue to encode to IMH Online according to the TEI Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange (TEI), version 4, with possible plans to migrate to the latest version of the TEI in a year or two. In the previous workflow, the IMH was encoded at the issue-level though discovery was at the article-level.  Moving forward the journal will be encoded at the article-level, and we will continue to pursue semantic encoding focused on article types (scholarly, book reviews, and editorial materials), and article features (diaries, letters, and bibliographies). Structural encoding is focused on basic print conventions for serials such as page breaks, bylines, etc. as well as lists, tables, blockquotes and footnotes.

OJS takes in the TEI/XML files through an XML Galley plugin, which triggers an XSLT (stylesheet transformation) to render the XML in HTML for the Web.  The IU Libraries is keen an exploring XML publishing workflows in OJS, and the IMH Online is leading the way.    

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