The Journal of Tolkien Research and Digital Commons

Dr. Brad Eden, Dean of Library Services, Valparaiso University

This paper will present how the author launched the Journal of Tolkien Research. As a member of a medium-sized group of scholars worldwide who research and publish on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author was approached about launching a traditional journal on this topic by a well-known publishing company. Given the author’s stance on open access and the unsustainability of the current scholarly publishing model, he decided to work with the library at Valparaiso University and its instance of Digital Commons, to launch an new open access, peer-reviewed journal in this subject area. Now in its second year of operation, the journal is doing quite well, and the community of scholars that it supports are happy to have another option for publishing their research. This paper will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities of moving towards this model of publishing.