About Open Journal Publishing

Appalachian State University's Belk Library supports open access publishing, open archives, and open repositories in order to advance the creation and dissemination of scholarly research produced by faculty, staff, and research fellows.  We have 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. Belk Library also has resources and platforms available to support the preservation and storage of datasets and media files that are associated with articles published in PubPub and OJS. Belk Library also encourages publishing partnerships with the local community, Western North Carolina, and related entities in both academia and industry, including associations, nonprofits, governments, and corporations.

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.

Work with us on publishing an open access journal

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 will assist you in converting it to an online version and digitizing backfiles.

To facilitate discoverability and credibility of your journal:


For questions about publishing open access, please contact Natalie Foreman, foremannr@appstate.edu or 828-262-6537.