For independent, library-published journals, success is very much determined by the reach and impact of the content they create. For those of us engaged in, and supporting, library publishing activities, it can be a challenge to find ways to effectively expose our locally published OA articles to automated discovery tools, as well as ensure they are widely disseminated in the places researchers, and the public, will look for them. In 2006, the Public Knowledge Project authored a very useful guide called Getting Found / Staying Found to help users of its popular Open Journal Systems (OJS) software understand some of these issues. At the 2017 PKP conference, the library publishing community took on the overhaul of this 12-year-old document to ensure that Getting Found / Staying Found remains relevant, not just for OJS users, but for journals using any publishing platform to navigate many of the topics that make up the new and changing landscape of online scholarly publishing.
Join a panel of community contributors to Getting Found / Staying Found as they explore some of the issues of discovery addressed by the guide, and discuss how their own libraries have tackled implementation of specific strategies, such as applying for inclusion with the Directory of Open Access Journals, negotiating representation in commercial indexes, promotion via social media, search engine optimization, digital preservation considerations for journals, copyright and licensing, and other topics. This presentation will take the form of a q&a discussion from contributors to the Getting Found / Staying Found guide. Speakers will include librarians from several institutions engaged in active library publishing programs, including Dalhousie University, York University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Alberta, the University of Ottawa, and of course, the Public Knowledge Project. Attendees should leave this session with a better understanding of many of the issues related to discovery of open access online journals, as well as several concrete, community-supported best practices for improving journal discovery.