JU Library systems in collaboration with African Journals Online (AJOL) and EJOL hosted a two days workshop for journal editors on online content uploading on OJS and best publishing practices from April 23-24, 2018.
The workshop was targeted at familiarizing all journal participants with JPPS (Journal Publishing Practices & Standards) framework (INASP & AJOL), and DOAJ application requirements, and assisting journals develop strategic plan to work towards attaining JPPS framework best practices in online scholarly publishing in each of their specific contexts and circumstances. The workshop also included a practical training for the participants on loading back issues to a practice website in order to prepare them to take over back issue content-loading to the national journal platform, EJOL.
The participants included journal editors from three Western Ethiopian cluster Universities namely Jimma University, Wollega University and Mizan-Tepi University. The workshop began with a welcoming speech of Mr Bedasa Motuma the director of Jimma University Library system who welcomed the trainers from AJOL, EJOL and trainees from the three universities, and introduced the objective of the workshop. In his opening remark Prof Taye Tolemariam, the vice president for academics, indicated that trainings such as this are essential in enabling journals published by the universities meet the expected standards and increase their visibility online.
The participants gained both theoretical and practical training from the AJOL team Susan Murray and Kate Snow, and EJOL team Solomon Mekonnen who is also the East African representative of DOAJ. The trainers emphasized in their final remarks that each journal need to develop a strategic plan which would enable them become members of EJOL and AJOL to increase their visibility and impact. The training was concluded with handing over of certificates to participants of the workshop by the AJOL team.