Open Journals

App State's Open Access Journal Program

Appalachian State University Libraries has two locally-hosted open access publishing platforms, PubPub and Open Journal Systems (OJS), which allow members of the academic community to publish open access journals.

Our goal is to strengthen the research profile of Appalachian State University and our faculty members through the production and publication of high-quality, peer-reviewed journals in a range of scholarly fields and industries.

If you have an idea for starting an open access journal, or an interest in converting a a subscription journal you manage to open access, please contact Natalie Foreman (

The DSI team will help you get started, talk about open access, discuss options for hosting, obtaining domain names, formatting articles, and other steps for starting or managing your publication. If you have an existing online or print journal, we can assist you in converting it to an online version and digitizing backfiles.

Open Journals at Appalachian

  • BeeXML: Bee Data Standardization

    BeeXML: Bee Data Standardization (Bee XML) is an open access journal that focuses on pollinators and developing data interchange standards to facilitate data science and learning outcomes. A unique feature of BeeXML is the publishing of an open data standard that would be validated through the publishing process and published in a digital library for the world to use.

  • Data & Analytics For Good

    Data & Analytics For Good will collect and peer-review data sets and analytics products (widgets) that furthers one or more of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  An example of a data product would be the World Pollinator Map.  A unique feature of this journal is that each article will be linked to a real open access dataset that can be downloaded and used.

  • History Matters

    History Matters is an undergraduate history journal published annually by the Department of History at Appalachian State University. The journal is edited by undergraduates with the help of a faculty board. We provide an opportunity for undergraduates to be recognized for their work, become familiar with the publishing process, and engage in student-faculty collaboration.

  • Impulse: The Premier Undergraduate Neuroscience Journal

    Impulse is the first online, undergraduate, international and inter-institutional journal for publications in the neurosciences. Submissions are written, reviewed, and published by undergraduates under the supervision of Faculty Advisors.

  • Journal of the Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services

    The Journal of the Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services (JIHHS) addresses the most salient regional problems and opportunities surrounding health and wellness in Western North Carolina and highlights the ongoing efforts of the Institute’s regional collaborations to address these through research, outreach, education/training, and program development.

  • Journal of Trauma Studies in Education

    The Journal of Trauma Studies in Education (JTSE) is an online open-access academic peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the generation of knowledge regarding mental health and well-being, with a focus on the impact of traumatic stress within the context of Pre K-12 and Postsecondary Education. The journal accepts manuscripts from varying perspectives within education that critically explore the nature of trauma, as well as preventative and restorative approaches to trauma responses in all education stakeholders.