On February 4th, 2020 the University of Toronto Libraries, in partnership with York University Libraries, hosted the 5th annual Student Journal Forum. The Forum was designed for students involved or interested in journal publishing, and included workshops and sessions to help editors expand their knowledge of the publishing process. More than forty participants representing 24 journals from the University of Toronto, York University, and OCAD University attended this full day event.
The event started with a panel discussion, with speakers from University of Toronto Medical Journal, University of Toronto Press, Goose: An Annual Review of Short Fiction, Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate, and Osgoode Hall Law Journal. Panel speakers shared their challenges and successes on topics like finding funding, discoverability, and succession strategies.
For the next session, students discussed in small groups common issues with their peers like being new journal editors, managing and promoting a journal. In the afternoon students went through a boot camp for journal editors-- the first held at the U of T. This four-part hands-on session covered journal management, content licensing and author contracts, submissions and review, and discoverability and marketing. Slides from the bootcamp are now available online.
Talented student editors, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, expressed their passion for the spread of knowledge through academic and literary publications. Students also had the opportunity to enjoy networking with their fellow editor peers, exchange ideas, and generate solutions for common issues. One student participant said that “the enthusiasm conveyed in person can never be matched by meeting up online.”