UP Journals, as a multi journal platform, aims to aggregate all UP Open Access Journals
onto a single managed platform to assist with the visibility, standardisation, and curation
of journals. In addition, the system also aims to streamline the editorial and publication process within the University of Pretoria.
This is a joint project between the Department of Library Services (DLS) and the Faculty
of Humanities. As part of the implementation of the UP Open Access Policy, the DLS
identified ‘institutional self-publishing’ as one of the key scholarly communication
activities, which resulted with the implementation of the Open Journal Platform System
(OJS). DLS see this as an opportunity for the University to use OJS to support the
publication of academic and student-led Open Access journals.
Open Access publishing can improve the scholarly communication process and increase
the global visibility of researchers and is a publishing model that makes research outputs
(e.g. articles, papers, data) available at no cost, as opposed to the traditional
subscription model in which readers have access to research outputs through a
subscription fee (normally via databases in libraries) (http://www.openaccess.nl/en/what-