University of Alberta

University of Alberta Libraries

Digital Initiatives

Primary Contact:
Leah Vanderjagt
Digital Repository Services Librarian

Program Overview

The University of alberta Libraries extends hosting and publishing support to members of the University of Alberta community who wish to publish in OA formats.

Year publishing activities began: 2007

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (1); paraprofessional staff (0.3); graduate students (0.2);

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 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based faculty-driven journals (22); campus-based student-driven journals (8); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (1); textbooks (2); technical/research reports (2447); faculty conference papers and proceedings (391); ETDs (4404); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (30); Research data files are managed and disseminated in a Dataverse instance.

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties: library and information studies; education; sociology; pharmaceutical sciences; environmental studies

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); local non-profit organizations (e.g. Edmonton Social Planning Council)

Publishing platform(s): Fedora; OJS; locally developed software; Dataverse

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

Additional services: training notification of A&I sources; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; dataset management; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: In the near term we are developing a community journal hosting program where we host journals outside of the UofA within Alberta who do not have an academic 'home', and we are advancing data publishing services via a Dataverse instance we plan to connect to OJS.
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