Brock University

James A. Gibson Library


Primary Contact:
Elizabeth Yates
Liaison/Scholarly Communication Librarian
905-688-5550 x 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’s current publishing activities include: publishing five scholarly OA journals in partnership with Scholars Portal and the Ontario Council of University Libraries using Open Journal Systems software; managing a $10,000 Open Access Publishing fund to help Brock authors cover the costs of publishing with fully OA journals or monograph publishers; and hosting and disseminating Brock scholarship through our Digital Repository, which collects graduate theses, major research projects, and subject- or department-based research collections.

Year publishing activities began: 2010

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

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

Funding sources (%): library materials budget (10); library operating budget (90)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based faculty-driven journals (5); ETDs (171); Major research papers - 27 Environmental Sustainability Research Centre Working Papers - 2 Special Collections and Archives - 726 Brock University Research Papers - 5

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images

Disciplinary specialties: Education; Humanities

Top publications:

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students

External partners: Scholars Portal/Ontario Council of University Libraries

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; OJS

Digital preservation strategy: Scholars Portal

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

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We plan to expand our institutional repository to encourage wider deposit by Brock University researchers. We will also be adding at least one more scholarly Open Access journal in 2014-15.
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