Maynooth University

John Paul II Library

Academic Library · Ireland

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
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across campus
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 1
  • Individual people: 4
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Journals

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 4
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 3
  • Contracted by external groups: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 4


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
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
  • Program’s 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 which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • data
  • images
  • text
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • EPrints
  • OJS

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • contract/license preparation
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISSN registry
  • outreach
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Digital preservation services under discussion
  • In-house


Adopted Policies:
MU Library is represented on the Library Association of Ireland's Library Publishing Group and the Irish Open Access Publishers Group, and we draw on the experience of members of both groups. Irish Open Access Publishers LAI Library Publishing Group

Additional Information

Last Year:
Journal of Mediation and Applied Conflict Analysis has moved from ePrints/Wordpress platform to OJS with Library support. Continued support for all publications. The Library has produced a guide to our publishing services available at
Future Plans:
We would like to further support campus colleagues in developing open access journal publications and investigate publication of open access monographs.