The Role of Online Academic Journals in Colleges
The process of creating, editing, peer-reviewing, archiving, and promoting online academic journals in small liberal-art colleges is analyzed. Various technological methods of managing this process (Web design, database management, peer-review monitoring, online and CD production, and library archiving) are reviewed. Sections of five archived issues of the Rivier Online Academic Journal (College Perspectives, Research and Scholarship, Creative Work, Campus News, Faculty and Students’ Profiles, etc.) cover different aspects of college academic life [http://www.rivier.edu/journal/].The growing number of submissions (technical articles, poetry, essays, digital photography, and short audio and video clips) demonstrates the increase of scholarly and creative-work activities among faculty and students during three-year period. The journal promotes research studies of faculty and students together that create a lasting bond between the two. Students explore opportunities of publishing their capstone projects, lab studies, overviews of modern state-of-the-arts technologies, and historical and political essays in this peer-reviewed journal. The journal issues have been produced in two media (online and CDs) and archived in the U.S. Library of Congress, the Rivier’s Regina Library, and the Rivier’s Archives. Rivier Academic Journal is freely available via the Internet. It has become popular among faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community at large. Members of the local community submit manuscripts to the journal and share their expertise and experiences with the online global community. Following the journal traditions, faculty and students of the Department of English & Communications have created the online magazine, “Typically Unusual” [http://www.rivier.edu/departments/typicallyunusual/] that publishes short stories, poetry, drama, and digital photography. The National Center for Telecommunications Technologies has published information about Rivier Academic Journal, including links to articles by students and faculty from Rivier’s Computer Science Department. In addition, many people around the world have found this journal through Google.com. This technological exposure introduces Rivier College to the Globe community.
Keywords: Online Academic Journal, Journal on CD, Internet, Web Design, Liberal-Arts College
Dr. Vladimir Riabov
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Rivier College