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- Item"Let's start a journal!": the multidisciplinary graduate student journal as educational opportunity(Michigan Publishing, 2018) Esau, Paul; Viejou, Carey; Chow, Sylvia S. T.; Dohms, Kimberly M.; Firth, Steven J.; McKinnon, Jarret; Morrison, Dorothea; Parsons, Reed; Rieger, Courtney; Spiric, Vanja; Toth, Elaine; Ueland, Kayla; Graham, Rumi Y.; O'Donnell, Daniel PaulThe University of Lethbridge is a medium-sized, primarily undergraduate, comprehensive research university on the Canadian Prairies in Alberta. It has a small but growing graduate school, within which most students are studying at the masters level. For many years, the graduate student elected representative body, the Graduate Students Association (GSA), has sponsored an annual refereed conference, Meeting of the Minds. In 2015 the GSA decided to supplement this conference with an accompanying journal, also called Meeting of the Minds. This article discusses the lessons learned in establishing this journal and overseeing its first two years of operations (and first year of publication). The article concentrates on two sets of problems: 1) philosophical, economic, and sociological issues that arose at the conceptual level while establishing a multidisciplinary, institution-focused graduate journal; and 2) technical, bibliographic, organizational, and economic issues encountered in attempting to address these conceptual concerns and ensure the long-term viability of the research accepted and published. Although the journal was not able to solve all the problems that arose during the first two years of operation, several solutions on the organizational, technological, economic, and bibliographic levels were developed that might be used by others establishing similar scholar- or student-led journals.
- ItemZombie journals: designing a technological infrastructure for a precarious graduate student journal(Simon Fraser University, 2018) O'Donnell, Daniel Paul; Viejou, Carey; Chow, Sylvia S. T.; Graham, Rumi Y.; McKinnon, Jarret; Morrison, Dorothea; Parsons, Reed; Rieger, Courtney; Spiric, Vanja; Toth, Elaine; Dohms, Kimberly M.; Esau, Paul; Firth, Steven J.; Ueland, KaylaBackground: The Meeting of the Minds graduate student journal is edited primarily by students from our Masters programme. This means that our editorial board is subject to high annual turnover and that our technological infrastructure and workflow needed to be easy to train for, accommodate differing levels of technological skill and editorial interest, and provide archiving that did not require a continuing interest in the journal by future generations of students. Analysis: This article provides a detailed and comparative account of the "off-the-shelf" systems and software used in developing the journal with an explanation of the rationale behind our choices. Conclusion and implications: The choices we made can be adopted by other journals interested in a low-cost, "future-proof" approach to developing a publishing infrastructure.