Queen’s University

Queen’s University Library

Academic Services

Primary Contact:
Rosarie Coughlan
Scholarly Publishing Librarian
613-533-6000 x77529

Program Overview

A core strategic driver defined in the Queen’s University’s Strategic Framework, 2014–2019 is “research prominence.” The Library’s supporting strategic priority for 2014–2015 to 2016–2017 seeks to “broaden the reach of Queen’s research with expanded data curation and scholarly communications services, in collaboration with and in support of emerging regional and national initiatives.” Aligned to this and in support of a “balanced academy” that achieves excellence in both research as well as undergraduate and graduate education, the Library provides technology, implementation expertise, advocacy and outreach on research publication and dissemination to researchers, students, and staff seeking to disseminate their research to a global audience via open access. Current publishing activities supported by the Library include: hosting ten scholarly open access journals in partnership with Scholars Portal and the Ontario Council of University Libraries using Open Journal Systems software; hosting and disseminating Queen’s University’s peer-reviewed open access research through our Research Repository, QSpace including journal articles, graduate theses, conference papers, working papers, book chapters and more. The Library also provides advice and support on publication impact metrics and usage as well as guidance on other areas ofopen access and scholarly publishing such as open monograph publishing, open educational resources, copyright, licensing and negotiating publisher agreements.

Year publishing activities began: 2000

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (1); paraprofessional staff (0.75)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2017:

Library publications in 2017: campus-based faculty-driven journals (9); campus-based student-driven journals (2); faculty conference papers and proceedings (109); ETDs (621); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (66); images; datasets

Number of open access titles: journals (12)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; data; concept maps, modeling, maps, or other visualizations; multimedia/interactive content

Disciplinary specialties: science; history; sociology; communications; engineering

Top publications: Surveillance and Society (journal); The Canadian Engineering Education Association (conference proceedings); Encounters in Theory and History of Education (journal); International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (journal); Ideas in Ecology and Evolution (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: Scholars Portal; Ontario Council of University Libraries

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; OJS

Digital preservation strategy: Scholars Portal

Additional services: marketing; outreach; training; analytics; metadata; compiling indexes and/or TOCs; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registry; ISBN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; dataset management; business model development; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We plan to integrate deposit to our institutional repository with the University’s internal CV and Annual Reporting Tool (managed by University Research Services) to encourage increased deposit by Queen’s faculty and researchers. We will also publish an additional two student-driven scholarly open access journals in 2016–2017.
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