New Divinity journal launched

Kyle Brady
Thursday 15 August 2019

This week we launched a new journal on our Journal Hosting ServiceBible and the Contemporary World.

The new journal has been developed by Daniel Rentfro Jr., honorary research assistant at St Mary’s college. Daniel is Managing Editor with Eric Stoddart (lecturer in the School of Divinity) taking the role of Editor-in-Chief.  Daniel’s initial idea for the journal was to create a venue for publishing articles based on the high quality dissertations from the Masters course of the same name, and has since developed a wider scope, to incorporate review essays, book reviews, and other content as well. Daniel had this to say of his experience starting a new journal on our journal hosting platform:

The MLitt graduates put literally hundreds of hours of work into their dissertations. With the help of Kyle, Jackie Proven, and their colleagues in the Open Access Team, the graduates can now move that work product off of their bookshelves collecting dust and share it with the world. As a pure amateur in this sort of thing, I’ve really appreciated the help in launching the journal.


A bit about the Journal Hosting Service.

The service runs on the open source publishing software Open Journal Systems. OJS provides a comprehensive suite of publishing and editorial tools and options, and is customizable too so it can be tailored to suit individual journals. Each year around 7-10 thousand journals publish content using the OJS software platform.

The University of St Andrews Library began hosting the OJS journal platform in 2010, starting with 2 journals, both of which are still publishing. The platform is now hosted by Research and Innovation Services, and has grown to 13 journals, 10 of which still publish regularly.

The journals include society and undergraduate-led publications with locally based contributors, and others run by St Andrews staff and PG students with external editorial team members and a worldwide scope of authors, reviewers and readers. The service has supported the publication of over 1000 open access articles since 2010.

For more information about our service, including how to propose a new journal please visit our webpages.

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