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Planning Your Journal

This is a list of questions you, as editor, should be thinking about as you plan for your journal:

Audience & Context

  • Who is the audience?
  • What titles exist in the field already and who publishes those titles? What business models are they using (subscription/fee-based or Open Access/free)?


  • What is the scope and focus of the journal?
  • What is the proposed title?
  • What is the publication schedule going to be? Annual, monthly, biannual, quarterly?



  • What are potential success benchmarks (how will you know the title is important/useful?)
  • What kinds of statistics would you like to have on the use of the journal's content?

Staffing & Expertise

  • Is it peer-reviewed, and if so, how will you identify reviewers? How do you want reviewers to do their work?
  • Who is on the editorial board? What are their roles?
  • What kind of staff support do you have in place? We recommend at least quarter-time hourly or student GA help for the editor-in-chief to manage the routine operations of the journal.
  • Who would be designated publisher in your case? Some faculty are associated with entities like societies while others are solo faculty operations.

Technical Requirements

  • If you have backfile content, is your intention to move it to our software? What file formats are the material in and what software is storing the content? We will need to develop a detailed plan for how to migrate the content.
  • What design requirements do you have - logo, color, layout, article file format (pdf, html, xml)?
  • What new kinds of web services would you want to embed in your title - like the ability for users to comment, providing proper citations, blogging, working paper series in conjunction with journal title, multi-media files, etc.?
  • Read our generic MOU and send us your questions.