McGill University

McGill University Library and Archives

Academic Library · Canada

Digital Initiatives

Jessica Lange, Coordinator, Scholarly Communications

Program Overview

McGill Library and Archives publishes scholarly peer reviewed journals using an open access business model. We achieve this by working closely with our campus community to provide them with publishing services that support their research needs, accommodating multiple levels of scholarship including faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. We ensure that journals published with us are disseminated worldwide with appropriate infrastructure and that content is accessible on a global scale.
  • Publishing activities began: 1998
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English, French

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 0.5
  • Individual people: 2
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Grants; library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 15
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 11
  • Campus-based student-created: 4
  • Peer-reviewed: 15
  • Currently inactive or archived: 6


Top Publications:
  • Seismica (journal)
  • McGill Journal of Education (journal)
  • International Journal of Whole Person Care (journal)
  • Canadian Review of Art Education (CRAE) (journal)
  • McGill Journal of Medicine (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Library and information studies
  • Education
  • Health


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students
  • 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): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • data
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • Dataverse
  • Hyrax)
  • OJS
  • Samvera (including Hyku

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • DOI distribution
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • cataloging
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • PKP