EJME (Enhanced Journals...Made Easy!)
The Internet makes it possible to present publications in combination with related research data, as Enhanced Publications. The aim of the EJME project is to design a practical work process for publishing scientific/scholarly journals with enhanced publications. That work process must be efficient and meticulous, and usable by academic publishers. The project focuses on those who produce publications, namely the editorial boards of scientific/scholarly journals and the authors who publish in those journals.
This project begins with the process of a scientist or scholar who wishes to publish an article and then takes in all the various actions that ensure that the article is accepted and published and then made available online, with both the text and the related data being stored in the relevant repositories.
To ensure that this work process is realistic, it will be tested in actual practice by using it to produce enhanced articles for two journals published by two different publishers. The first of these is the Journal of Archaeology in the Low Countries (JALC), which is published by Amsterdam University Press (AUP); the second is the International Journal of the Commons (IJC), published by UBU/Igitur, Utrecht Publishing & Archiving Services.
The editorial boards of the IJC and JALC now have a fully developed version of the work process, consisting of documentation about enhanced articles and about software to support the work process. Open Journal Systems (OJS) – an open source software package that is already used by both Igitur and AUP – will also be adapted to deal with enhanced publications. At the end of the pilot project, this information, the work package, and the software will also become available for use by other authors, editors, and publishers.
This project is being carried out by the University of Amsterdam (UBA), Utrecht University (UBU/Igitur), DANS, and AUP.
The project is coordinated by Driek Heesakkers (University of Amsterdam).