Carnegie Mellon University
Library Publishing Service

Aims and Scope of LPS

At its core, LPS is a digital-first, open access publishing service, which supports liberal author rights through the use of Creative Commons licenses and public domain tools. LPS services and platforms are freely available to the CMU community to meet open access publishing needs.

Requirements to be Hosted by LPS

  • All proposed works will be vetted.
  • All works must have an affiliation to CMU through a campus unit, organization, or individual faculty member.
  • Works affiliated with graduate or undergraduate organizations must be sponsored by a member of the CMU faculty or administration.
  • Editors must agree to license their content under one of the Creative Commons licenses or another well-known open or public license.
  • All editors must agree not to require author submission charges or Article Processing Charges (APCs).
  • To host a publication, LPS requires at a minimum for each work to undergo editorial review. LPS strongly encourages publishers to adopt a form of peer-review.
  • All content produced through LPS will remain freely available to all readers in the event that the publication moves to a new publisher.

The Janeway Publishing Platform

All journals or journal-like content hosted by LPS is published using the Janeway open-source publishing platform developed by the Birkbeck Centre for Technology and Publishing at the University of London. This platform provides a content management system (CMS) for the public-facing webpages of a journal's website and a manuscript management system (MMS) for submission, peer review, editorial development, and a variety of options to incorporate workflows for production including copyediting, typesetting, and proofing prior to publication. Janeway supports Editorial Review and Double-Blind, Single-Blind, or Open Peer Review.

No Lock-In: Permissions and Continued Access

CMU LPS is committed to using open, non-proprietary standards for the content of all publications it supports using digital publishing platforms. These standards allow content to be easily transferred to archives and other publishers. All of our article XML is compliant with the Journal Archiving Tag Suite (JATS) schema.

CMU LPS also endorses and follows the NISO Transfer Code of Practice to ensure that when a journal transfers between publishers, librarians, editors, and other publishers are informed and treated fairly.

CMU LPS administers and maintains the Janeway publishing platform to support the online dissemination of scholarly journals, journal-like content, and hybrid publication materials. All copyright to the published content is retained by the authors and creators, and we require that those managing these publications adhere to this principle. CMU LPS does not retain rights to the published content which can be transferred if the scholarly society or sponsor of the journal decides to change publishers.

CMU LPS does require that it retain copies of any publication released while the journal was hosted by CMU LPS. Works hosted by LPS agree to a non-exclusive perpetual royalty free license to use, duplicate and distribute the work in whole or in part. When an LPS-hosted publication ceases production, its past works will continue to be made available as open access publications. If the publisher moves to a new institution, LPS requires that the past works remain freely available through LPS, with acknowledgement and linkage to the new publishing site.