We are pleased to announce that we have published the very first issue of the OTESSA Journal (with co-editors, George Veletsianos, Michele Jacobsen, and Valerie Irvine)!
Thank you to authors, reviewers, copyeditors, our scholarship librarian (Inba Kehoe), UVic Libraries for hosting both our journal and conference systems, BCcampus for the graphic design support, and to all of our sponsors and members, who helped us to reach this point. We will also be publishing our second issue later this month. Please note that we will be phasing out the Open Journal System we originally used at otessa.journals.uvic.ca and will be using our new installation at https://journal.otessa.org – once we have ported all of our website and user content, we will be deleting the original.
Similarly, we will be phasing out our 2020 and 2021 conference systems on the same former installation and our current and ongoing conference submission and proceedings publication site will be at https://conference.otessa.org on its own server.
Both the journal and the conference proceedings are indexed (separately) with ISSN to begin with and we will be expanding our indexing as we build out our eligibility in the coming months and years.
Please note that our system is capable of hosting text among various other media and we have intentionally created streams to support both research-oriented and practice-oriented works. Currently, we have simply published works arising from our conference, but we look forward to expanding direct journal contributions in the near future. We encourage all researchers, scholars, bloggers, educators, learners, developers, administrators, and anyone working at the intersection of technology and society, to consider contributing to both our conference and pursue publishing via either our conference proceedings of short papers or full paper submissions to our journal. We are new and excited to shape this journal into supporting both traditional publication formats and review processes, as may be needed by some members of our community, and reaching out into new ways of sharing and expressing work with more open review processes. We are excited that we can support a diverse array of scholarship, while empowered by the DOI and indexing to reach more readers/viewers/listeners.
We are committed to supporting diverse scholars and to flexibility and support for those who face barriers to publishing. Where we have deadlines that cannot be met due to family or other systemic barriers, we encourage presenters and/or authors/creators to reach out to us to let us know how we can support you. Being flexible with timelines is one simple way, but we are open to your requests.
Please don’t miss the chance to connect with us at our #OTESSA22 conference. Our deadline to submit a proposal for a session (with optional short paper proceeding) is due December 15 with only 500 words maximum for a proposal. Please note we will have options for full papers to be invited to submit to the journal due April 1. For more information, please visit our OTESSA website. Templates for optional proceedings and more detailed submission information is available on our Conference submission site.
We look forward to growing with you! If you have any ideas or suggestions to improve what we do, please do not hesitate to contact us at journal [at] otessa.org.