University of Alberta

University of Alberta Libraries

Digital Initiatives
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Primary Contact:
Leah Vanderjagt
Digital Repository Services Librarian

Program Overview

The University of Alberta Libraries provides support to community members who want to publish in OA formats (e.g., providing journal hosting and institutional repository services).

Year publishing activities began: 2007


Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (1.3); graduate students (0.1)

Funding sources (%):

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (24); student-driven journals (6); textbooks; (1); technical/research reports (30); faculty conference papers and proceedings (5); student conference papers and proceedings (3); ETDs (1200); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (8); videos

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; concept maps/modeling maps/visualizations; multimedia/interactive content

Disciplinary specialties: library and information studies; education; pharmaceutical sciences; sociology; environmental studies (particularly oil sands)

Top publications: Canadian Journal of Sociology (journal); International Journal of Qualitative Methods (journal); Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences (journal); Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (journal); Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 75

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: Public Knowledge Project; research teams/projects (e.g., Oil Sands Research and Information Network; Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory); local non-profit organizations (e.g., Edmonton Social Planning Council).

Publishing platform(s): Fedora; OJS/OCS/OMP; WordPress; locally developed software

Digital preservation strategy: Archive-It; Archivematica; CLOCKSS; COPPUL; HathiTrust; LOCKSS; Portico; in-house

Additional services: outreach; cataloging; metadata; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Supporting the growth of our institutional repository and journal hosting services; facilitating the development of campus-wide scholarly publishing initiatives (e.g., establishing an open monograph publishing service, research data “publication” and curation), open educational resources (OER), etc.
Funding for publishing services comes out of the library operations budget. However, we do not have a fixed breakdown. We do not charge users for our publishing services and only publish open access content. View All Entries