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Below you will find the Libraries Open Publishing journals catalog. All copyrights are retained by individual journals (or their sponsoring organization) and are either free to read, or licensed under a Creative Commons license. Please visit the individual journals' websites for more information about their specific peer review, copyright, and licensing policies. The Penn State Libraries has also partnered with select print publications to provide open access to back issues of these publications, specifically in the area of Pennsylvania History.

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Journals Catalog

The Mentor: Innovative Scholarship on Academic Advising

The Mentor is a peer-reviewed, electronic, open access journal devoted to introducing new and unsettling existing ideas relevant to academic advising in higher education. Founded in 1999 and originally known as The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal, it was renamed The Mentor: Innovative Scholarship on Academic Advising in 2018 to reflect its rich history of publishing innovative ideas.

Folklore Historian

TFH: The Journal of History and Folklore is an online journal devoted to connections of folklore with history and to the history of folklore studies. TFH’s purview includes oral history, narrative, museology, local and regional history, and historiography. We accept research articles, bibliographic studies, historiography, and translations, among a range of other types of pieces that can elucidate the intersections of history and folklore studies. 

IK: Other Ways of Knowing

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IK: Other Ways of Knowing is an electronic, multidisciplinary peer-reviewed open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of indigenous knowledge from a global perspective.  The journal is published twice yearly by the Pennsylvania State University Libraries and is co-sponsored by the Penn State Libraries and the Penn State Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK).

Indigenous knowledge is an expanding area of study that focuses on the ways of knowing, seeing, and thinking that are passed down orally from generation to generation. These ways of understanding reflect thousands of years of experimentation and innovation in topics like agriculture, animal husbandry, child-rearing practices, education systems, medicine, and natural resource management—among many other categories.

These ways of knowing are particularly important in the era of globalization, a time in which indigenous knowledge as intellectual property is taking new significance in the search for answers to many of the world’s most vexing problems: disease, famine, ethnic conflict, and poverty. Indigenous knowledge has value, not only for the culture in which it develops but also for scientists and planners seeking solutions to community problems.

As a forum for the sharing of practical knowledge and wisdom for the benefit of all peoples, this journal is of special interest to development professionals who treasure this local knowledge, finding it extremely useful in solving complex problems of health, agriculture, education, and the environment.

International Journal of Education & the Arts

The International Journal of Education & the Arts currently serves as an open access platform for scholarly dialogue. Our commitment is to the highest forms of scholarship invested in the significances of the arts in education and the education within the arts. As editors, our personal goal is to create a communal space in which to incite productive dialogue revealing the potential of the arts within education through all forms of inquiry. The journal primarily publishes peer reviewed research-based field studies including, among others, aesthetics, art theory, music education, visual arts education, media education, drama education, dance education, education in literature, and narrative and holistic integrated studies that cross or transcend these fields.

International Journal of Illich Studies

The International Journal of Illich Studies is an open access, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed publication dedicated to engaging the thought and writing of Ivan Illich and his circle. Articles/Reviews/Reflections are invited on any subject that intersects with the wide range of IIlich's ideas, or that represent a version of the social critique for which he became famous on matters such as modern socio-economic development, industrialized "progress," institutional bureaucratization & professionalism, the privatization of the commons, et al.

The IJIS accepts original manuscripts written in the following languages: English, Spanish, German, French & Italian. Founded in 2009, the IJIS is now actively publishing as an annual publication.

Journal of Research in Rural Education

The Journal of Research in Rural Education (JRRE) is a peer-reviewed, open access e-journal publishing original pieces of scholarly research of demonstrable relevance to educational issues within rural settings. JRRE was established in 1982 by the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. In 2008, JRRE moved to the Center on Rural Education and Communities, located within Penn State University’s College of Education, and is edited by Karen Eppley with associate editors Kai Schafft, Jerry Johnson, and Mara Tieken.

JRRE welcomes single-study investigations, historical and philosophical analyses, research syntheses, theoretical pieces, and policy analyses from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives. Manuscripts may address a variety of issues including (but not limited to): the interrelationships between rural schools and communities; the sociological, historical, and economic context of rural education; rural education and community development; learning and instruction; preservice and inservice teacher education; educational leadership, and; educational policy. Book reviews and (occasionally) brief commentary on recently published JRRE articles are also welcomed.

New Errands: The Undergraduate Journal of American Studies

Seeking to develop the next generation of Americanists, New Errands’ mission is to provide a venue for the publication of important original scholarship by emerging young scholars and to provide a teaching resource for instructors of American Studies looking for exemplary work to use in the classroom.

New Errands is jointly published by the Eastern American Studies Association and the American Studies Program at Penn State Harrisburg.

Occasional Papers in Anthropology

Penn State's Occasional Papers in Anthropology series was established in 1965 with an enduringly valuable research report by William Sanders, Cultural Ecology of the Teotihuacan Valley.  This work and others originally published in print for the series are now available on this online journal platform supported by Penn State University Libraries. Our university shares in the global effort to publish cultural resources as freely as is possible. 

Penn State Journal of Medicine

The research published within the Penn State Journal of Medicine (PSJM), which was founded in 2019, will be work of students that allows for advancement of medical education via clinical outcome, basic science, medical education, quality improvement, health systems research, and any other research that may be of importance to the clinical field. The audience of this journal includes medical students, residents, fellows, attending physicians, other clinical faculty, clinical scientists, and any other interested readers at the Penn State College of Medicine and beyond the College of Medicine.

Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric

Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric, a peer-reviewed journal, provides a forum for scholarship on public rhetoric, civic writing, service-learning, and community literacy. Originally founded as a venue for teachers, researchers, students and community partners to share research and discuss the theoretical, political and ethical implications of community-based writing and writing instruction, Reflections publishes a lively collection of scholarship on public rhetoric and civic writing, occasional essays and stories both from and about community writing and literacy projects, interviews with leading workers in the field, and reviews of current scholarship touching on these issues and topics.

Reflections welcomes materials that emerge from research; showcase community-based and/or student writing; investigate and represent literacy practices in diverse community settings; discuss theoretical, political and ethical implications of community-based rhetorical practices; or explore connections among public rhetoric, civic engagement, service learning, and current scholarship in composition studies and related fields.

Trafika Europe

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Trafika Europe grew up as Trafika, a print quarterly of new fiction and poetry from around the world in fresh English translation. In this previous organization, Trafika placed special emphasis on introducing the work of writers who were unknown or little-known to an English-language readership. In seven issues, Trafika published the work of over 120 authors writing in over 30 languages. Contributors included: Czeslaw Milosz, Tomaz Salamun, Natasza Goerke, Don DeLillo, Mohammed Choukri, Ales Debeljak, Anna Swir, Gyorgy Konrad, Peter Nadas, Denis Johnson, Uche Nduka, Eleni Sikelianos, Yusef Komunyakaa, Martin M. Simecka, Hanoch Levin, Tor Ulven, Ilona Lackova, and Javiar Marias.

As the successor organization, now Trafika Europe is putting a European frame around all this, to explore issues of identity and community in a larger shared Europe. Trafika Europe seeks to help renew the role of literature in nudging along the European conversation in culture, introduce new voices, foster collaborations and create a kind of “community of communities”. In cultivating an attractive space for it, we hope that a vision of greater cooperation, mutual regard and community across the 47 countries of Council of Europe will continue to grow of its own accord.

Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal

Transformative Dialogues (TD) is a forum for conversations intended to foster the improvement of teaching and learning in post-secondary education. TD facilitates the multi-disciplinary intellectual debate and inquiry, exchange of ideas, actions, and results of innovative and professional practice in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. These conversations are intended to span a wide range of reflections on the processes of teaching and learning ranging from the scholarly to scholarship. The international dialogues are focused on improving faculty and, therefore, student learning, and critical thought processes in their current and future lifelong learning. The editorial board recognizes that scholarship may play out differently in different disciplines, but, as Ernest Boyer pointed out in Scholarship Reconsidered (1992), the basic principles should be consistent.

The journal promotes the principle that strategies, techniques and methods of teaching and learning transcend the boundaries of specific subject fields. TD welcomes relevant contributions from diverse settings such as academia, vocational training, continuing professional development, workplace learning, selected commercial exemplars, and social networking via interactive technologies.

Pennsylvania History Repository Journals

Journal of Erie Studies

he Journal of Erie Studies is an important local publication that examines the history and culture of Erie County, PA.

It was first published in the spring of 1972, and most recently published in 2019. While we have taken a break, it is still an active publication and future issues will be added to this resource page.

It is published by the Hagen History Center, with partner organization the Jefferson Educational Society. The digital archive is available through the generosity of Penn State University Libraries Open Publishing.

Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies

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Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies is a quarterly journal that publishes the best of current scholarship on the history of the Commonwealth and the region. In addition to regular articles, the journal features annotated documents, book reviews, and reviews of museum exhibits, films, and historical collections. Published since 1934, Pennsylvania History is the official journal of the Pennsylvania Historical Association (PHA)This journal repository, created by the Pennsylvania State University Libraries Open Publishing and Press in cooperation with the PHA, is the official digital archive of Pennsylvania History. Here readers will find all back issues of the journal--beginning with Vol. 1 (1934) and continuing up to the most recent available volume, with a 6 year embargo period before Open Access. One volume will be added to the archive each year forward.

Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

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The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB) is a quarterly scholarly journal and one of the country’s most prestigious state historical publications. Published since 1877 by The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, it is an important resource for those interested in a scholarly approach to state and local history, industry, genealogy, culture, and related subjects. On this site, readers have access to a century of back issues of the journal, beginning with Vol. 31 (1907). One new volume is added to the digital archive each year, with a 6 year embargo period from the original publication date before Open Access.

Western Pennsylvania History

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Western Pennsylvania History is an important regional journal with extensively illustrated articles that cover numerous subjects including history, archaeology, cultural interests, sports, literature, architecture, railroading, folk art, and much more. It is published by the Senator John Heinz History Center, and has been a source of information and scholarship since 1918. The journal was originally published as Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, and in the 1990s as Pittsburgh HistoryThis electronic edition is available through the collaboration of the publisher and the Penn State University Libraries. One year of prior issues will be added to this electronic archive each year.