Information and Knowledge Management in Agriculture has always suffered from the lack of quality digital content available online. Smart services could be built only if there is a substantial amount of digital content. Supporting this finding is the fact that publically-funded research results are published behind closed or subscription-locked journal systems. This impedes the uptake of research outputs.
From a series of sub-regional workshops on ICT/ICM/IKM that APAARI conducted together with FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, GFAR and other partners, it was identified that the capacity to make research journals open access was a main hindrance among most NARS in this region. This was further highlighted during the Bhutan consultation (Dec 2012) and a few collective actions were identified. Realizing the importance of the open journal systems, a training workshop on “Open Access Publishing Using Open Journal Systems” was jointly organized by Food and Agriculture Organization’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP), Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) with technical supports from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Nonthaburi, Thailand on 26-30 August 2013.
This publication details eight hand-on training sessions on: (i) overview and feature of OJS, (ii) hosting journal and journal set up, (iii) user roles and navigating OJS editorial process, (iv) user interface customization and notification, (v) user management: role as editor, (vi) statistics and reports, publishing, back-up and restore, (vii) database of reviewers, and (viii) increasing visibility of OJS and setting up a Community of Practice. It is expected that this publication will be useful to professionals who are involved in editorial / publishing of agricultural research journal, the planners, administrators, researchers and other stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region.