Open Access Journal Collection
Browse Journals by Title
ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 (ISSN 2157-7129) is an open access, interactive, scholarly journal, launched in 2011 by the Aphra Behn Society. The journal is supported by the University of South Florida Tampa Library. The journal focuses on gender and women’s issues, and all aspects of women in the arts in the long eighteenth century, especially literature, visual arts, music, performance art, film criticism, and production arts.
Its public scholarship blog, ABOPublic, publishes shorter articles and interactive content geared toward a public audience. It also houses Ask Aphra, a professional advice column.
Alambique: Revista académica de ciencia ficción y fantasia / Jornal acadêmico de ficção científica e fantasía
In an alambique (n. still), ancient alchemists sought to turn base metals into gold. University of South Florida Tampa Library offers this journal as a distiller of (im)possible dreams of science fiction and fantasy. Alambique (ISSN 2167-6577) is a double blind peer-reviewed, open-access journal devoted to scholarly research and criticism in the fields of science fiction and fantasy originally composed in Spanish or Portuguese.
Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal (GSP) is the official journal of The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS). IAGS is a global, interdisciplinary, non-partisan organization that seeks to further research and teaching about the nature, causes, and consequences of genocide, and advance policy studies on prevention of genocide. IAGS, founded in 1994, meets to consider comparative research, important new work, case studies, the links between genocide and other human rights violations, and prevention and punishment of genocide.
GSP is a peer-reviewed journal that fosters comparative research, important new work, case studies, the links between genocide, mass violence and other human rights violations, and prevention and punishment of genocide and mass violence. The E-Journal contains articles on the latest developments in policy, research, and theory from various disciplines, including history, political science, sociology, psychology, international law, criminal justice, women's studies, religion, philosophy, literature, anthropology, and museology, visual and performance arts and history.
The International Journal of Speleology, the official journal of the Union Internationale de Spéléologie since 1978, has been published since 1964. It is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, international scientific journal that publishes research and review articles concerning all sciences involved in karst and caves, such as geology, geomorphology, hydrology, archaeology, palaeontology, (palaeo)climatology, biology, meteorology, microbiology, environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, mineralogy etc. IJS is published semiannually.
Articles are open access at http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/ijs. The journal is abstracted and indexed in the following services: Directory of Open Access Journals, ISI Thomson Services (Science Citation Index-Expanded including the Web of Science, ISI Alerting Service, Current Contents/Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences), Bibliography & Index of Geology (GeoRef, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, EarthScienceWISE (Oxmill Publishing), EBSCO publishing, Geobase, Speleological Abstracts (UIS), Ulrich’s Periodical Directory ™, BIOSIS Zoological record, SCOPUS (Elsevier), and SCImago Journal and Country Rank.
LATEST IMPACT FACTOR 2015: 1.559
In Journal of Citation Reports®, Thomson Reuters 2015
NEW ISSUE IN PROGRESS: Volume 47, issue 1 (2018)
The mission of the Journal of African Conflicts and Peace Studies (JACAPS) (ISSN 2325-484X) is to develop and disseminate scientific knowledge in areas of genocide studies and its prevention, socio-political development, peace, security, and governance studies in the particular context of Africa. Journal of African Conflicts and Peace Studies is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal.
The Journal of Ecological Anthropology (JEA), ISSN 1528-6509, is a double-blind peer-reviewed interdisciplinary forum for innovative exploration of the interface between humans and their sociocultural and biophysical environments. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, historical ecology, anthropology of development and conservation, evolution of human ecosystems, indigenous and local knowledge, ethnoecology, ecology of health, wellness, and nutrition, environmental change, resources management, multi-species relations, anthropology of food and agriculture, nature and society, political ecology, socio-ecological systems, paleoecology, complex systems, primate socioecology, and information ecology.
Header image credits: far left photo (prayer flags in Nepal) by Jeremy Spoon, Portland State University, http://jeremyspoon.com/; center photo (young boy holding plant) and upper right photo (edible flowers in Santa Cruz, Toledo, Belize): Kristina Baines, Guttman Community College, CUNY, http://www.coolanthropology.com/; middle bottom right photo (earthen house): public domain; all other photos: Rebecca Zarger, University of South Florida, http://rzarger.blog.usf.edu.
NEW ISSUE IN PROGRESS: Volume 19, Issue 1
The Journal of Practitioner Research (JPR), a double-blind, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, includes manuscripts that represent the traditions of action research, teacher research, practitioner inquiry, teacher inquiry, and other traditions that target the same type of knowledge production. The journal features the work of practitioner researchers or about practitioner research across disciplines and levels. As a forum for such research, we invite submissions by practicing educators such as pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, teacher education faculty, educational leadership faculty, and school administrators.
See the About This Journal for further information about coverage of the journal.
NEW ISSUE IN PROGRESS: Volume 2, Issue 1 (2017)
Journal of Public Transportation is an international journal containing original research and case studies associated with various forms of public transportation and related transportation and policy issues. Topics are approached from a variety of academic disciplines, including economics, engineering, planning, and others, and include policy, methodological, technological, and financial aspects. Emphasis is placed on the identification of innovative solutions to transportation problems.
Due to fiscal constraints, the Journal of Public Transportation is temporarily suspending the acceptance of submissions until further notice. Thank you.
See the About This Journal for a complete coverage of the journal.
Please note that the interactive usage map below only covers usage from the time that this journal went live on the Scholar Commons platform in March 2015. Therefore the past year’s statistics on the map only show from March 2015 to date.
The Journal of Strategic Security (JSS) is a double-blind peer-reviewed professional journal published quarterly by Henley-Putnam University with support from the University of South Florida Libraries. The Journal provides a multi-disciplinary forum for scholarship and discussion of strategic security issues drawing from the fields of intelligence, terrorism and counterterrorism studies and protection, among others. JSS is indexed in SCOPUS, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and several EBSCOhost and ProQuest databases.
The Journal of Transportation Demand Management Research is an international journal produced by the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at the University of South Florida, a federally-funded Tier I University Transportation Center. The Journal contains original research and case studies associated with sustainable transportation, including all types of travel choices designed to reduce or redistribute the use of single occupancy vehicles. These topics include: carpooling, vanpooling, commuter buses, bicycling and walking, parking management, telework, compressed work weeks and transportation network companies. Topics are approached from a variety of academic disciplines, including economics, engineering, planning, and others, and include policy, methodological, technological, and financial aspects. Emphasis is placed on the identification of innovative solutions to urban transportation issues (including congestion, air quality, health, livability, reliability, resiliency, sustainability, accessibility/economic development, and safety).
See the About This Journal for a complete coverage of the journal.
Military Cyber Affairs (MCA) is a peer-reviewed professional journal published annually by the Military Cyber Professionals Association. Military Cyber Affairs provides a multi-disciplinary forum for scholarship and discussion of cybersecurity, cyber defense, and cyber operations, and their military implications, drawing from the fields of intelligence, engineering, information technology, law and policy, among others.
Advancing Education in Quantitative Literacy
Numeracy (ISSN 1936-4660) is the open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic journal of the National Numeracy Network (NNN). Numeracy supports education at all levels that integrates quantitative skills across disciplines. This journal is supported by the University of South Florida Libraries.
The graphic above is “Wave of Numbers” by Beth Fratesi, c2007, inspired by “a world awash in numbers,” Mathematics and Democracy: The Case for Quantitative Literacy (NCED, 2001).
In 2015, Numeracy was awarded the DOAJ Seal for its high degree of openness and for adhering to best practices and high publishing standards.
Peace and Conflict Management Review (PCMR) (ISSN 2325-4874) acts as an internal magazine of the Center for Conflict Management (CCM). It helps the center to disseminate its daily scientific and teaching activities in areas of peace, conflict, security, genocide studies and prevention, socioeconomic and political development, and governance in the particular context of the African Great Lakes Region.
La Revista Surco Sur, de arte y literatura hispanoamericana, ha publicado cuatro números en soporte papel y a partir de su quinta entrega se suma a la navegación electrónica, gracias al apoyo de la Biblioteca de la Universidad del Sur de la Florida (USF). Desde su primer editorial fue definido su perfil, enfocado a contribuir a la divulgación y defensa de la cultura artística y literaria correspondiente a los pueblos latinoamericanos, principalmente en los Estados Unidos, donde su influencia ha sido creciente.
Statistics in Volcanology (SIV) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of the IAVCEI Commission on Statistics in Volcanology (COSIV). The aim of SIV is to provide a forum for volcanologists and statisticians to share experience and expertise related to the development and application of innovative analytical methods. Through this forum, it is hoped that we will improve our understanding of volcanic events and processes, to the benefit of all people who live with active volcanoes.
ISSN 1937-8602 ONLINE
Studia UBB Geologia is an international journal published bi-annual since 1957, devoted to publication of high-quality, peer-reviewed research articles, papers and notes on all aspects of earth sciences. The journal aims to provide a readily accessible platform to rapidly publish the latest geological information to an interdisciplinary audience. Studia UBB also publishes special Issues of peer-referred collected research papers from symposia, workshops,and meetings sponsored by different geological societies and working groups. The journal does not charge any submission or article processing fees for publication. When citing this journal, please use the abbreviation: Studia UBB Geologia.
In 2017, Studia UBB Geologia was awarded the DOAJ Seal for its high degree of openness and for adhering to best practices and high publishing standards. Studia UBB Geologia is supported by the University of South Florida Libraries.
VIEW THE LATEST COMPLETE ISSUE: Volume 60, Number 2
Suburban Sustainability (ISSN 2164-0866) seeks to be the premier dissemination vehicle for scholarship on sustainability issues in suburban and metropolitan settings. The suburbs have emerged as the nexus of dynamic demographic, social, economic, and environmental change. Suburban Sustainability will publish scholarly endeavors to identify, analyze, and solve the problems of suburbia which are essential for the health of the world. The journal, published by the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, is supported by the University of South Florida Libraries
ISSN ISSN 2575-2472
The Sunland Tribune is the open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic journal of the Tampa Historical Society. The Sunland Tribune promotes the research and writing of Florida history, particularly that of the greater Tampa Bay area. This journal is supported by the University of South Florida Libraries.
The open access Undergraduate Journal of Mathematical Modeling: One + Two is concerned with various applications of mathematics done by non-mathematics majors. In particular, its purpose is to disseminate selected applied mathematics projects of engineering and science students.
A unique feature of this journal, as shown by its title, is that each student whose work is published has been advised by at least two different people: a subject area advisor (who typically, but not always, suggested the problem) and a mathematics advisor.
In 2017, Undergraduate Journal of Mathematical Modeling: One + Two was awarded the DOAJ Seal for its high degree of openness and for adhering to best practices and high publishing standards.
UJMM is an open access journal, free to authors and readers, and relies on your support: Donate Now
NEW ISSUE IN PROGRESS: Volume 8, Issue 1 (2017)
About Journal Publishing
What kind of journals will USF include in Scholar Commons?
The USF Tampa Library hosts and publishes peer-reviewed, fully open access journals with a global and interdisciplinary focus. Our support focuses on projects with direct links to the University of South Florida through its faculty, students, programs, centers, or institutes. Scholar Commons does not host journals with embargo periods. As a service to the research community, the USF Tampa Library’s commitment to true open access to scholarly information extends to authors. This means that there are no article or submission charges for journals hosted or published in Scholar Commons.
Do I have to be a faculty member at USF to host a journal on Scholar Commons?
Yes. There must be a current faculty member making the application for the journal and serving on the editorial board. If the faculty member retires or relocates, the journal may stay on Scholar Commons for continuity.
What does it mean to publish an open access journal?
Readers with access to the Internet can access your content at no cost to themselves or to their institutions. Publishing a peer-reviewed open access journal broadens your reader base by expanding access to a global community of subscribers. It allows researchers from any organization to participate in scholarly activities without barriers.
How will people find your journal?
Scholar Commons is on the bepress Digital Commons platform (https://www.bepress.com/products/digital-commons/) and is optimized to provide higher results through search engines. Once your journal has published enough content to qualify for inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the USF Tampa Library will complete the application to have your journal listed there. If you provide us with the username and password for your journal in DOAJ, we will load content for each article to ensure that the journal is fully indexed.
In addition, the USF Tampa Library is a member of CrossRef and we will assign DOIs for your journal articles. CrossRef is a citation-linking network and the official DOI link registration agency for scholarly and professional publications.
What are the fees associated with publishing a journal?
The initial set-up and design fee, along with support and maintenance, is provided by the University of South Florida Tampa Library. There are no author or editor fees.
However, the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties does include a clause that states that the journal publisher(s) agree to compensate the USF Libraries for site design costs up to, but not exceeding, $1,500 if the journal is not launched within 18 months of the site’s completion.
What services does the library provide?
As stated in the Memorandum of Understanding:
- We will make the contents of the e-journal available free of charge via the internet or any subsequent technology
- We will provide password access to the bepress Digital Commons system, which is the platform on which Scholar Commons resides, to allow the editors to manage the editorial process and e-journal content.
- We will strive, in the absence of unforeseen technical difficulties and routine maintenance, to provide 24/7 access to the e-journal and its contents
- We will assign DOIs to e-journal content and register it with CrossRef
- We will digitally archive all e-journal content produced under this agreement
- We will assign a USF Tampa Library employee to serve as the Production Editor to assist the editors with operational requirements, such as training and troubleshooting.
Does the library provide layout or copyediting services?
Unfortunately, due to staffing restrictions, we cannot provide custom layout services for new journals. The Scholar Commons system generates PDF-formatted content that comports with a standard template. Copyediting is the sole responsibility of the journal editors.
Will the library get copyright permissions for images and other material that authors include in their articles?
No, authors must obtain those permissions themselves. However, if they need guidance from the library, we are happy to answer any questions that we can.
Who retains rights to the journal content?
We encourage editors to allow authors to use a Creative Commons License, specifically a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. This allows anyone to reproduce or disseminate articles for non-commercial purposes, so long as the original authors and source are cited. After publication, authors have the right to post pre-print or post-print versions of their article online, including on their personal, departmental, or institutional repository pages.
Is the journal content backed up anywhere? USF retains a backup copy of the journal content, and because the Scholar Commons journals reside on the bepress Digital Commons platform, bepress duplicates and backs up the content both on an offsite from their side. Once the journal has begun publishing in earnest, we work with LOCKSS and Portico to have your content archived.
What if I want print copies of my journal?
Scholar Commons does not provide printing or mailing services. We suggest that you use a Print on Demand service for these materials. Rather than estimating how many copies of a particular item should be printed in a print run, a journal issue/book/proceeding/etc. is only printed upon request. This method eliminates problems including the burden of paying for unsold inventory or printing too few items.
Print on Demand takes the guesswork out of printing. You simply prepare a single file (usually PDF), submit it to the Print on Demand publisher, and it is stored until an issue is ordered by a customer. It is only at this point that ink touches paper. You can find more information here.
What do you need to do to start the process?
Please contact with any questions or to discuss your journal. You will need to fill out the Open Access E-Journal Proposal Form. Any additional information you might have concerning the journal’s editorial policies, submission guidelines, style guides, and any other information that would describe the project would be helpful in the evaluation of the project idea. If the journal seems to be a good fit for Scholar Commons, the editors and Scholar Commons will sign a formal Open Access E-Journal Hosting Agreement (Memorandum of Understanding), which outlines the expectations for both parties. You may find it helpful to review the Open Access Journal Workflow.