Journal Updates

Open Access

The Journal of Lusophone Studies has now moved to its new home at http://jls.apsa.us. As part of this transition, we’ll be moving all past issues of ellipsis to the site as well. We’re currently engaged in this process, and we hope to have everything available by September 2016. For the time being, past issues of ellipsis can still be accessed through a search on the APSA site. If, for example, you wish to read a specific article, simply enter the title or the author in the search field and press “enter.”

Our transition to the OJS/PKP platform is part of JLS and APSA’s commitment to making new research available online to readers the world over “without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the Internet itself.” There are certain best practices in place for open-access journals such as ours, and we are now compliant with all of these:

1. LOCKSS Preservation. LOCKSS creates multiple backups on multiple servers (around the world) and is pretty much the preservation and archiving standard for digital materials.

2. A DOI for each article. DOI is a unique serial code used to identify objects, and it’s particularly used for electronic documents such as journal articles.

3 Article level metadata, which makes each article searchable, indexable, etc.

4. A deposit policy with RoMEO. RoMEO contains publishers’ general policies on self-archiving of journal articles. Each entry provides a summary of the publisher’s policy, including what version of an article can be deposited, where it can be deposited, and any conditions that are attached to that deposit.

5. Authors also now hold the copyright to their work without restrictions.

The new set-up works as follows:

1. Authors log in to the JLS site at and submit their MSS, adding keywords, bio, and contact information. They then receive a confirmation and can log in whenever they like to check on the status of their submission.

2. Outside readers are contacted and access the MSS through the online platform. No more emails and (insecure) email attachments.

3. The OJS platform assigns a stable DOI to each article, it gets preserved in LOCKSS, and all the metadata are also handled. This makes for total compliance with DOAJ.

4. Since the new platform archives metadata for each article, the work of our authors is also much easier to access and will have a higher profile in searches. Our goal here is to increase the visibility and impact our everyone’s work.

If you have questions about the new platform or the transition, please do let the editors know. We can be reached at jls@apsa.us.