Journals@KU, an initiative of the KU Libraries, supports the KU community in the publication of scholarly journals online. Our online open access publishing model follows best practices and standards that are designed to increase the reach and impact of the research, as well as providing long-term stewardship of the material after publication.
- Support KU editors in starting peer-reviewed online open access journals, including the use of the publication software
- Help KU editors to transition commercially-published journals to an open access publication model, including the hosting of previously-published issues and articles
- Provide layout services to format journal issues and articles for publication on our Journals@KU or KU ScholarWorks platforms
- Generate and register DOIs for publications
- Help KU scholars explore new and emerging publishing models
- Advise members of the KU community about the benefits of using an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for their publications
- Monitor and address campus concerns and questions about electronic publishing
- Maintain the KUEDITORS-L online discussion list for all KU editors
- Periodically host KU Editors' Forums open to all KU editors
All services are offered free of charge by KU Libraries Digital Publishing Services.
If you're interested in publishing a new journal, if you'd like to join our KU Editors group, or if you have any questions about our program, please contact Marianne Reed.
Our guide for editors, Resources for Editors of Scholarly Journals, is a good starting point for those who are considering starting a journal or who are looking for information about managing an existing journal. For those journals on the OJS platform, the Using Open Journal Systems page can be especially helpful.
Journals and Serials
KU Libraries provides KU journal editors with the technical infrastructure to publish their journals on either of two platforms: KU ScholarWorks, KU's institutional repository, which makes journals visible to a wide audience and assures their long term preservation and Open Journal Systems (OJS), which makes journals visible and assures their preservation, but also supports the entire editorial management workflow, including article submission, multiple rounds of peer-review, and indexing.
- American Studies (OJS)
- auslegung: a journal of philosophy (OJS)
- Biodiversity Informatics (OJS)
- Center for East Asian Studies Publication Series (KU ScholarWorks)
- Chimères (OJS)
- Contemporary Herpetology (OJS)
- Current Research in Earth Sciences (OJS)
- Digital Treatise (OJS)
- European Journal of Ecology (OJS)
- Focus on Exceptional Children (OJS)
- Folklorica: Journal of the Slavic and East European Folklore Association (OJS)
- Human Communication & Technology (OJS)
- IALLT Journal of Language Learning Technologies (OJS)
- Indigenous Nations Journal (KU ScholarWorks)
- Infrastructure Research Institute Reports (KU ScholarWorks)
- Issues in Language Instruction (OJS)
- Jayhawk Journalist (OJS)
- Journal of Amateur Sport (OJS)
- Journal of Copyright in Education & Librarianship (OJS)
- Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (OJS)
- Journal of Intercollegiate Sport (OJS)
- Journal of Melittology (OJS)
- Journal of Montessori Research (OJS)
- Journal of North American Herpetology (OJS)
- Journal of Russian American Studies (OJS)
- Journal of Undergraduate Research (KU ScholarWorks)
- Kansas Law Review (KU ScholarWorks)
- Kansas Journal of Medicine (OJS)
- Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics (KU ScholarWorks)
- KU Field Methods in Linguistic Description (KU ScholarWorks)
- Latin American Theatre Review (OJS)
- Merrill Series on The Research Mission of Public Universities (OJS)
- Midcontinent Geoscience (OJS)
- Novitates Paleoentomologicae (OJS)
- Reptiles & Amphibians (OJS)
- RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal(OJS)
- Scientific Papers of the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History (KU ScholarWorks)
- Slavia Centralis (KU ScholarWorks)
- Slovene Linguistic Studies (KU ScholarWorks)
- Social Thought and Research (KU ScholarWorks)
- Special Publication of the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History (KU ScholarWorks)
- Treatise Online (OJS)
- Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities at the University of Kansas (OJS)
- University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions (KU ScholarWorks)
- Zenith! Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities at the University of Kansas (OJS)
Zenith! Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities is a student-run, student-reviewed, and student-published annual academic journal for undergraduates at The University of Kansas to publish their research in the Humanities. We define Humanities as one of our Partners' subjects, international studies, and interdisciplinary studies. Submissions can be class assignments, independent research projects, or parts of senior theses, as long as they were written by an undergraduate at KU. From 2016-2020, Zenith! was known as the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanites. Issues 1-4 of URJH can be found on the URJH website.
Midcontinent Geoscience is an open-access, peer-reviewed publication of the Kansas Geological Survey, a research and service division of the University of Kansas. The journal publishes a broad array of original research covering all branches of geology with an emphasis on the midcontinent region of the United States, including the Great Plains and Central Lowland provinces.
The Journal of North American Herpetology (JNAH) (ISSN 2333-0694) provides an open access on-line venue for peer-reviewed contributions on all aspects of North American Herpetology within the geographic boundaries of the United States and Canada. JNAH is a continuation of Contemporary Herpetology, the first herpetological on-line peer reviewed journal, published from 1998-2009.
The Jayhawk Journalist is the alumni magazine of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. The first edition was published in 1970, and the magazine’s mission has always been to maintain contact with journalism alumni and keep them informed about life where they once experienced it.
Contemporary Herpetology (CH) was an electronic journal published from 1998 to 2009 that was designed to facilitate the dissemination of herpetological information. CH maintained high scientific standards and all submitted articles had to pass peer-review prior to publication. CH published articles covering all aspects of herpetology, including ecology, ethology, systematics, conservation biology, and physiology, as well as reviews, monographs, points-of-view, and faunistic surveys of poorly known areas. The journal published its last issue in 2009.
For current research, please see the Journal of North American Herpetology (JNAH) .
The purpose of creating RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal was to build a venue for our colleagues in the field of neuromuscular medicine to have a hassle free and easy way to get published in a journal devoted to neuromuscular disorders. I wanted to have an online and open access journal that costs no money to run and that did not charge authors a fee for publishing their papers and charged no subscription fee.
Current Research in Earth Sciences, a peer-reviewed journal of the Kansas Geological Survey, began publication in 1993 as Current Research on Kansas Geology. The name was changed in 1995 to reflect the broader scope of the bulletin. The journal ceased publication in 2018 and was replaced by Midcontinent Geoscience in 2020.
European Journal of Ecology is a journal that publishes original, peer-reviewed papers (Research Articles, Reviews, Forum Articles and Policy Directions) from all fields of ecology. Contributions are published continuously, appearing in the journal as they are accepted and prepared for publication. EJE welcomes manuscripts focusing on any levels, scope, and scale of biological organization, and any taxon of living organisms from microbes to humans. Observational and experimental studies, in silico model studies, hypotheses and policy papers are all considered for publication to the extent that they are scientifically sound.
Human Communication & Technology is an international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original empirical research on the intersection of human communication and technology. HCT aspires to be the leading journal at this intersection.
The Journal of Intercollegiate Sport (JIS) provides an exciting forum for research specifically addressing sport in college and university settings. This interdisciplinary journal publishes articles from the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and professional fields, providing a complete look at all factors affecting intercollegiate sport. The research presented crosses traditional academic boundaries and challenges current views and practices while maintaining an informative rather than editorial focus.
The IALLT Journal published praxis-oriented research and review articles addressing the interface of technology with language teaching, learning and/or research.
Focus on Exceptional Children (FOEC) represents a unique opportunity for professionals concerned with the education of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with dis/abilities to publish on topics that warrant extensive discussion in the literature and are of critical importance to advancing the field.
Auslegung: A Journal of Philosophy is a philosophical journal run by the philosophical community at The University of Kansas. The journal was founded in 1973 and publishes work of philosophical import on a broad range of topics.
Starting in 1997, the Merrill Center has published the Merrill Series on the Research Mission of Public Universities. These white papers represent exchanges between faculty and administrators who are committed to nationally-competitive research at their state schools.
Issues in Language Instruction is a peer-reviewed journal for and by university instructors of English to speakers of additional languages (EAL). The mission of the journal is to explore innovation in all kinds of EAL instruction, including English for academic purposes, English for professional purposes, and general ESL at the university level. ILI welcomes all kinds of submissions related to the practice, interpretation, and advancement of our profession.
Welcome to Chimères, a journal of French & Francophone Literatures and Cultures. In publication since 1967, the journal is managed by the Graduate Student Organization of the Department of French, Francophone & Italian Studies at the University of Kansas. Chimères accepts the submission of papers which deal with any aspect of French or Francophone literature. Our goal is to contribute to and encourage the expansion of research and scholarship in all fields of Francophone study.
The Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS) is a peer-reviewed journal focused on the history of Russian-American studies from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Its aim is to be a forum for the latest scholarship regarding the history of the intricate relationship between Russia (broadly defined) and the United States. The journal welcomes submissions and publishes articles and book reviews in English and Russian.
American Studies (AMSJ) is a quarterly interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Mid-America American Studies Association, the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of American Studies, and KU Libraries. American Studies (AMSJ) first appeared in 1959, and has 1,000 current subscribers. In 2005 it merged with American Studies International (ASI), and welcomes submissions with an international perspective. ASI, a journal for American Studies scholars outside the U.S., was published by the American Studies Department at George Washington University for over forty years. Beginning with Vol. 45 (2004), ASI ceased publication as an independent journal, and merged with AMSJ, with the agreement that AMSJ would devote at least one issue a year (or the equivalent) to transnational American Studies scholarship, international American Studies authors, and would maintain a significant showing of scholars outside the U.S. on its editorial board. The “On Teaching” forum, now on the AMSJ blog, originated as an ASI feature.
With an editorial board from a number of areas of study, the journal offers provocative perspectives on a variety of issues. Frequent special sections and special issues create a space for a broad discussion on a single topic. Articles on pedagogy inform the American Studies classroom. The book review section aims at keeping readers conversant with contemporary scholarship. This electronic edition provides free access to the back issues of the journal. The most recent three years are available via print subscription only.
The Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship is bi-annually published in the spring and fall. It is a peer-reviewed open-access publication for original articles, reviews and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships and impact of copyright law on public, school, academic, and digital libraries, archives, museums, and research institutions and their educational initiatives.
The overarching mission of the Journal of Amateur Sport (JAS) is to provide scholars an outlet in which to share scholarship relevant to the amateur sports realm. We define amateur sport as those who participate and govern at the youth, recreational, community, international, and intercollegiate level. We acknowledge the tenuous debate surrounding the amateurism of intercollegiate athletics, thus at this time we welcome examinations that are focused on the less commercialized avenues of college sport participation and governance (especially NCAA Division II, III, and other less publicized governing bodies and settings). Submissions from all disciplines are encouraged, including sociology, communication, and organizational behavior. Similarly, we welcome a wide array of methodological and structural approaches, including conceptual frameworks, narratives, surveys, interviews, and ethnographies.
A Journal of Bee Biology, Ecology, Evolution, & Systematics
The Journal of Melittology is an international, open access journal that seeks to rapidly disseminate the results of research conducted on bees (Apoidea: Anthophila) in their broadest sense. Our mission is to promote the understanding and conservation of wild and managed bees and to facilitate communication and collaboration among researchers and the public worldwide. The journal encourages submissions in any area of melittology, particularly works on non-Apis bees. Each article receives a DOI. All nomenclatural articles are registered in ZooBank and conform to the latest standards of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, and the journal is archived in PORTICO (www.portico.org).
The Journal is best viewed in FireFox or Chrome, and is indexed in Google Scholar and CAB International.
NOTES: The maximum size of papers processed via the normal means is presently 38 printed pages. Larger works are now possible but will take considerably longer time to process by our volunteer staff and so will experience longer turn-around times. Please check out our Announcements page for further information. —The Management.
This electronic journal focuses on the emerging field of biodiversity informatics: the creation, integration, analysis, and understanding of information regarding biological diversity.
The Journal of Montessori Research advances knowledge of Montessori education through empirical research studies, critical reviews of the literature, theoretical essays, and scholarly book reviews available in an open access forum.
The Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Folklore Association is devoted to an exchange of knowledge among scholars interested in Slavic, East European and Eurasian folklore. SEEFA seeks to promote instruction in Slavic, East European and Eurasian folklore, organizes panels on the subject at national and international conferences, encourages the preparation of teaching materials and translations, and fosters exchanges. SEEFA also seeks to promote joint research, scholarly exchanges and conferences, expeditions, and publications with scholars in Slavic, East European and Eurasian countries.
As of January 2020, Folklorica is a fully open access journal. No subscription is required.
Digital Treatiseis an online, subscription-based service that allows users to access the complete content of every previously published volume of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology. Offered as an annual subscription to libraries and universities, a subscription to Digital Treatise grants access for all users within an institution’s IP range to searchable PDF files of all 53 published volumes of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology. Volumes can be downloaded in their entirety or as individual chapters.
Latin American Theatre Review (LATR) is published twice per year by KU’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Founded in 1967, LATR covers all aspects of Latin@ and Latin American theatre and performance and has grown to be one of the premiere scholarly journals in its field. This electronic edition provides free access to the back issues of the journal, which includes over 1,000 scholarly articles, news items, theater schedules and book and performance reviews. The most recent 5 years are available only through a print subscription or an institutional subscription to Project Muse.
Latin American Theatre Review (LATR) se publica dos veces al año en la Universidad de Kansas por el Departamento de Español y Portugués. LATR fue fundado en 1967 y abarca todos los aspectos de teatro y performance, tanto de latinoamericanos como de US Latinos, y se ha convertido en una de las principales revistas académicas en su campo. Esta edición electrónica provee acceso gratuito a los números pasados de la revista, que incluye más de 1,000 artículos académicos, noticias, carteleras teatrales y reseñas de libros y representaciones escénicas. Los últimos cinco años sólo están disponibles por subscripción a la edición impresa y subscripción institucional al Project Muse
A Journal of Occasional Fossil Insect Research at the University of Kansas
Novitates Paleoentomologicae is an open access journal that seeks to disseminate the results of research conducted at or in association with the University of Kansas Division of Entomology on all aspects of insect paleontology, inlcuding their other arthropod relatives. Our mission is to promote the understanding and study of paleoentomology and related disciplines. All nomenclatural articles are registered in ZooBank and conform to the latest standards of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, each issue receives a DOI, and the journal is archived in PORTICO (www.portico.org). Potential articles must be approved for submission by the Editor-in-Chief.
The Journal is best viewed in FireFox or Chrome, and is indexed in Google Scholar and Zoological Record.
Treatise Online publishes chapters prepared for parts of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology as they are ready, rather than waiting for an entire hard copy Treatise to be printed. Chapters from the following Treatise parts are completed, nearing completion, or in preparation: Part B (protista), Part E (hypercalcified sponges), Part F (Cnidaria), Part G (bryozoans), Part L (ammonoids), Part M (coleiods), Part N (bivalves), Part P (chelicerates), Part R (decapods), Part T (crinoids), Part V (graptolithines).
Printing of the hard copy Treatise volumes will continue as usual, with the opportunity for updating chapters published in Treatise Online before going to press.
Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities was a student-run, student-reviewed, and student-published annual academic journal for undergraduates at The University of Kansas to publish their research in the Humanities. In 2021, URJH changed its name to Zenith! Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities and launched a new website. Starting with v.5, all new issues can be found on the Zenith! website.
The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (JDTC) was founded in 1986 at the University of Kansas and publishes full-length articles that contribute to the varied conversations in dramatic theory and criticism, explore the relationship between theory and theatre practice, and/or examine recent scholarship by a single author. The JDTC is published twice each year by the Department of Theatre & Dance with support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This electronic edition provides free access to the back issues of the journal. All issues published after 2011 are available via print subscription and online through Project Muse.
Reptiles & Amphibians (ISSN 2332-4961) is an international open-access journal that publishes peer-reviewed research in all aspects of herpetology with an emphasis on conservation and natural history. In addition, R&A profiles ongoing efforts in herpetological conservation, key persons involved in herpetological conservation and research, and international destinations of herpetological interest.