McMaster University

McMaster University Library

Academic Library · Canada

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
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
    We also run a publishing service for student journals at
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most
  • Publishing Languages: English

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
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Journals

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 18
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 8
  • Campus-based student-created: 10
  • Peer-reviewed: 18
  • Currently inactive or archived: 8


Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Health sciences
  • Science
  • Law
  • Humanities
  • Social work


  • Internal partners:  Individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • 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:
  • audio
  • images
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • OJS

Additional Services:
  • analytics
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy: