UP Journals is an open access publishing platform for journals. This platform and the associated publishing services are jointly managed by the Faculty of Humanities and the Department of Library Services at the University of Pretoria. The project aims to support open access publishing of journal and book-length manuscripts for UP faculties, staff, and students.
UP Journals uses the Open Journal System (OJS) software to manage academic journals through a comprehensive editorial workflow process from advertising and receiving submissions, to managing peer-reviews, to online publication and indexing. Journal editors decides on copyright/ licensing policies (author retains copyright or author transfers copyright to the journal/publisher) of their journals. Many open access journals permit authors to retain their copyright. The Directory of Open Access Journals suggest publishers to leave the copyright with authors. Articles are licensed for reuse using a Creative Commons license and are registered with a unique DOI number.
Besides managing the editorial process, UPJournals is also able to offer authors and editors a full range of publishing services through the Faculty of Humanities’ ESI Press. The ESI Press is able to provide expert copyediting, proofreading, design and layout services at reasonable rates. The Press is also able to publish manuscripts in print, as an eBook or as an open access monograph.