Library Publishing Workflows. Investigating and documenting journal publishing workflows in libraries. Educopia Institute. Library Publishing Coalition. Institute for Museum and Library Services.
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March 31, 2022

Documentation and Reflection Tools

One of the goals of the Library Publishing Workflows project team is to encourage and enable members of the library publishing community to create their own publishing workflow documentation. The documentation process can be quite daunting, and it can be difficult to determine where to start with documentation. These tools will help library publishers of all sizes and experience levels create documentation and use it to reflect on and improve their practices.

As part of the grant project, we created and released a complete set of documentation for our twelve partner libraries. These tools have been informed by the work we did with those partner libraries, and the experience and feedback the participants gave throughout the project. We encourage you to read through that documentation to get a feel for what those institutions’ documentation looks like, keeping in mind that yours may end up looking a bit different than any of the others.

We have created two types of tools: documentation tools and reflection tools. The documentation tools will guide you in the work of describing your current publishing workflow, while the reflection tools will help you use that documentation to reflect critically on your practice in a number of areas. These tools are available as copyable or downloadable Google Docs, or as a PDF.

Documentation tools: 

Reflection tools: 

Additional resources: 

We are grateful to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for its generous support of this project work, and to our project partners for willingly and excitedly participating in every step of this work with us.

About Library Publishing Workflows
Library Publishing Workflows (2019-2022) is a project to investigate, synchronize, and model a range of library publishing workflows. Library Publishing Coalition and Educopia Institute are working with 12 partner libraries to document these processes, with the goal of increasing the capacity of libraries to publish open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journals. We hope the resulting workflow documentation will be an essential resource for library publishers in creating or evolving their own workflows, and will allow for peer learning and cross-comparison. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services LG-36-19-0133-19.

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