McGill University

Digital Inititaives

Jessica Lange, Scholarly Communications Librarian
Phone: 514-398-2895

Program Overview

McGill University Library showcases the research done by the McGill community via publishing initiatives such as electronic theses and dissertations, open access journals, and monographs, and by partnering with others to develop new methods to disseminate research.

Publishing Activities Began: 1988
Location: Canada
Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
Stage (1-3): 3 - Established
Open Access Focus (1-5): 5 - Completely
Program Advisory/Editorial Board: No
Peer Reviewed Journals: 95%

Staffing (in Full Time Equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 0.5
  • Paraprofessional staff: 0.35
  • Undergraduates: 0.1
Funding Sources for Publishing Activities:
  • Library Operating Budget: 95%
  • Grants: 5%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, campus-based student-created; journals, contracted by external groups; monographs.

  2019 Open Access Paid Hybrid
Campus-based Faculty-driven Journal77
Campus-based Student-driven Journals22
Faculty Conference Papers and Proceedings
Journals for External Groups 55
Student Conference Papers and Proceedings
Technical/Research Reports
Undergraduate Capstones/Honors Theses

2019: New publications from July 2018 to June 2019. 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 may be offered in some form as OA, but are also available as a paid version.


Top Publications:
  • McGill Journal of Education (journal)
  • Teiresias Supplements Online (book series)
  • Canadian Review of Art Education (CRAE) (journal)
  • CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Studies / Le journal des études sur l'alimentation au Canada (journal)
  • Education Libraries (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • education
  • library and information science


Internal Partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

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

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • images
  • text
  • video
Softwares & Platforms:
  • OJS
  • Samvera

Additional Services:
  • analytics
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • author advisory – copyright
  • contract/license preparation
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • notification of A&I sources
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • PKP Preservation Network

Highlighted Publication

Coming Back to Life

Coming Back to Life is an open monograph comprised of essays examining how ancient Mediterraneans use notions of coming back to life as discursive and descriptive spaces through which to construct, maintain, and negotiate the porous boundaries between past and present, mortality and immortality, death and life.

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