The Lower Decks: A Symposium on Janeway and Open Access Publishing

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2 February 2023

Location: Birkbeck, University of London, & streaming online

Dates: 07/09/2023 – 08/09/2023

Cost: Free

Sign up to attend:

In celebration of the ten-year anniversary since the launch of the project of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), an award-winning, academic-led, diamond open access journal publisher, and the five-year anniversary of Janeway, its ground-breaking open-source scholarly publishing platform, we are holding a symposium to explore future directions for Janeway engineering and open access publishing.

Since its launch, the Janeway and OLH team has built an international, award-winning, and critically acclaimed platform and is widely recognised to be one of the foremost academic-led publishers of open access scholarship in the humanities. As we look forward to the next five years, we aspire to consolidate our position as a leading open source scholarly publishing platform, innovate our software in line with user needs, and bring together our community to both increase visibility and make Janeway the very best platform of its kind. Accordingly, Janeway and OLH staff are hosting a symposium which will include presentations on best practice, future developments and breakout sessions to hear from our community as we work together to make these a reality.

We are therefore calling on members of the Janeway, OLH and open access communities to submit short abstracts for presentations, round tables, or breakout sessions. Please consider this an invitation to share innovative current practices, ambitions for Janeway, or aspirations for open access publishing more broadly.

Suggested topics can include (but are not limited to):

  • Innovative uses of Janeway
  • Sustainability and diamond models for open access publishing
  • Flipping process/activism/workflow from Janeway users
  • Diamond open access publishing and research assessment practices
  • Equity in open access publishing
  • Best practices in Janeway supported journal publishing
  • Open data, open software and open licences in research publications and dissemination
Confirmed keynote: Johan Rooryck, Editor-in-chief at Glossa journal and Executive Director of cOAlition S. 

Please send abstracts of 250 words or questions to Katherine (Editorial Officer) at and Andy (Senior Publishing Technologies Developer) at

Please submit abstracts by the 31st May 2023. 


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