Maynooth University

Maynooth University Library

Digital Programmes and Information Systems

Fiona Morley, Head of Digital Programmes and Information Systems

Program Overview

To support and encourage the dissemination of academic research via open access on appropriate publishing platforms.

  • Publishing activities began: 2018
  • Location: Ireland
  • Languages published: English
  • Organization: services distributed across campus
  • Stage of publishing efforts (1-3): 2 - Early
  • Stage comments: We have a number of different publishing support models in operation by agreement with the journal editors for each publication. These include funding of a Scholastica subscription, local hosting of a journal on OJS, support of external hosting of a journal on OJS and use of our institutional repository to host a locally published journal's articles, from where they are linked.
  • Open access focus (1-5): 4 - Very Important
  • Program advisory/editorial board: No
  • Peer reviewed journals: 100%
Staffing (in full-time equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 0.5
  • Paraprofessional staff: 0.5
Funding sources for publishing activities:
  • Library operating budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: conference papers and proceedings, faculty; conference papers and proceedings, student; journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, campus-based student-created; journals, contracted by external groups; journals, inactive back-issues; blog posts; posters.

  2021 Open access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty
Conference papers and proceedings, student
Educational resources (e.g., textbooks, course modules)
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
Journals, campus-based faculty-created 3
Journals, campus-based student-created
Journals, contracted by external groups 1 1
Journals, inactive back issues
Technical/research reports
Undergraduate capstones/honors theses

2021: New publications from July 2020 to June 2021. Journals include titles actively publishing during the date range. Other publication types include items that were published or added to repositories for the first time within the date range.

OA/Paid/Hybrid: Publications currently published and/or available online. OA (open access) publications do not include counts for hybrid publications. Hybrid publications are those that offer a combination of both open access and pay-access content.


Top publications:
  • The Open Journal of Astrophysics (journal)
  • Journal of Military History and Defence Studies (journal)
  • Journal of Mediation and Applied Conflict Analysis (journal)
  • Dancecult- Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture (journal)
Disciplinary specialties:
  • Astrophysics
  • history
  • social/cultural
  • music
  • communications


Internal partners: campus departments or programs

Openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g. local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)

Part of a consortium that provides support for publishing?

Work with a university press?

Administer a university press?

Technologies & Services

Media formats:
  • data
  • images
  • text
Softwares & platforms:
  • EPrints
  • OJS
  • Scholastica web-based platform

Additional services:
  • author advisory – copyright
  • contract/license preparation
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • ISSN registry
  • outreach
Digital preservation strategy:
  • Digital preservation services under discussion
Service vendors: Scholastica; CrossRef; PKP

Additional Information

Plans for Expansion & Future Directions:
We would like to further support campus colleagues in developing open access journal publications and investigate publication of open access monographs.
Other Information:
MU Library is represented on the Library Association of Ireland's Library Publishing Group and works closely with this group on library publishing developments and opportunities.
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