Brock University

James A. Gibson Library


Primary Contact:
Elizabeth Yates
Liaison / Scholarly Communication Librarian
905-688-5550 ext. 4469

Program Overview

The library’s publishing initiatives provide technology, expertise, and promotional support for researchers, students, and staff at Brock University seeking to make their research universally accessible via open access. The library currently publishes/hosts five scholarly OA journals in partnership with Scholars Portal and the Ontario Council of University Libraries. We use Open Journal Systems (OJS) software. The library manages an open access publishing fund to help Brock authors cover the costs of publishing withfully OA journals or monograph publishers. A minimum of four awards of
up to $2,500 are granted; total funding is $10,000. The library also hosts and disseminates Brock scholarship through our Digital Repository, which collects graduate theses, major research projects, and subject- or department-based research collections and materials from our Special Collections and Archives. We also raise awareness of open access through Open Access Week activities, information resources, and other venues.

Year publishing activities began: 2011

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (1)

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Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

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Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (5); technical/research reports (3); ETDs (1887)

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Media formats: text; images

Disciplinary specialties: humanities; French language; arts education; teaching and learning

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Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty

External partners: Ontario Council of University Libraries/Scholars Portal

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; OJS/OCS/OMP

Digital preservation strategy: Scholars Portal

Additional services: copy-editing; training; analytics; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registration; digitization

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Launching a journal showcasing undergraduate student research in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences; launching an Open Monograph publishing system in partnership with Scholars Portal and the Ontario Council of University Libraries.
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