Zombie Journals: Designing a Technological Infrastructure for a Precarious Graduate Student Journal


  • Daniel O'Donnell University of Lethbridge http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0127-4893
  • Carey Viejou Department of History, University of Lethbridge
  • Sylvia Chow
  • Kimberly Dohms Canadian Wildlife Service
  • Paul Esau Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Steve Firth University of Helsinki
  • Rumi Graham University Library University of Lethbridge
  • Jarret McKinnon Department of Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge
  • Dorthea Morrison Department of English, University of Lethbridge
  • Reed Parsons
  • Courtney Rieger
  • Vanja Spiric
  • Elaine Toth Department of History, University of Lethbridge
  • Kayla Ueland Faculty of Law, University of Calgary




This paper discusses the technical infrastructure and production workflow for the University of Lethbridge Meeting of the Minds Graduate Journal. This infrastructure was designed for an editorial board that anticipated high annual turnover: very easy to understand and train for, able to accommodate differing levels of interest and commitment from year to year, and be “publish and forget”: the long term preservation and discoverability of articles published by the journal had to be ensured regardless of future generations of students’s willingness to support the journal.

Author Biography

Daniel O'Donnell, University of Lethbridge

Department of English and University Library,

Centre for the Study of Scholarly Communication,

University of Lethbridge