McMaster University

McMaster University Library

Scholarly Communication Unit

Gabriela Mircea, Digital Repository Librarian

Program Overview

Our primary task is to facilitate journal publication for faculty and students at McMaster University, but the nature of scholarly publishing entails supporting scholars well beyond our campus as well. We welcome the participation of scholars from around the world in the journals we host.

  • Publishing Activities Began: 2006
  • Location: Canada
  • Languages published: English
  • Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Stage (1-3): 3 - Established
  • Stage Comments: McMaster University Library Press (MULPress) is committed to the principles of Open Access. Moving forward, we will only support journals that employ an open access business model, although we will continue indefinitely to support those currently in our list that use a hybrid model. We strongly discourage our journals from using article processing charges (APCs); while APCs can be a viable transitional funding model for an open access journal, they engender some negative outcomes and practices. To best support journals that choose open access, we do not charge for our publishing services but rather consider them to be central to a library‚Äôs mission to support the production and dissemination of scholarship. As such, we urge scholars who publisher their journals with us to extend that approach to their authors and readers.
  • Open Access Focus (1-5): 5 - Completely
  • Program Advisory/Editorial Board: No
  • Peer Reviewed Journals: 100%
Funding Sources for Publishing Activities:
  • Library Operating Budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

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


Internal Partners: individual faculty

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? no

Work with a university press? no

Administer a university press? no

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • concept maps or other visualizations
  • images
  • multimedia/interactive content
  • text
  • video
Softwares & Platforms:
  • OJS

Additional Services:
  • DOI distribution
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Scholars Portal