Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University Library

Academic Library · Canada

Digital Publishing

Kate Shuttleworth, Digital Publishing Librarian

Program Overview

Provide online hosting and related technical support at no charge for scholarly journals and books that have a significant SFU faculty connection or to support SFU-based teaching and research initiatives. Responsible for depositing formatted theses in the Library’s research repository, Summit.
  • Publishing activities began: 2004
  • 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: Services distributed across campus
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3
  • Individual people: 8
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Charge backs/cost sharing; library materials budget; library operating budget; non-library campus budget

Publishing Activities

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

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 20
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 8
  • Campus-based student-created: 8
  • Contracted by external groups: 4
  • Peer-reviewed: 20
  • Currently inactive or archived: 26
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 2


Top Publications:
  • The St. Petersburg Diaries (1843-1848) of Anna McNeill Whistler (monograph)
  • Women Writers' Archive (journal)
  • The Pleasures Sought by Others You Despise: Vice and Virtue in Eighteenth-Century English Poetry (monograph)
  • Gadfly: Undergraduate Journal of Political Science (journal)
  • Performance Matters (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Education
  • Biological sciences
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication


  • 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
    Referrals for projects that better fit with the other entity (i.e. are not open access).
  • 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:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Islandora
  • locally developed software
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • OMP
  • Pressbooks

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • cataloging
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • PKP
  • Archive-It


Adopted Policies:
Public Knowledge Project; SFU institutional policies; OCAP Principles for Indigenous Content

Additional Information

Last Year:
Started offering support for open textbook publishing via Pressbooks. Scaling back monograph publishing support in OMP.