University of Alberta

University of Alberta Library

Academic Library · Canada

Open Publishing & Digitization Services

Sonya Betz, Head, Open Publishing and Digitization Services

Program Overview

Our publishing activities seek to make the scholarship of researchers more open and discoverable. We believe that open publishing initiatives have the potential to change the scholarly communication landscape and model sustainable business practices that benefit both researchers and the public.
  • Publishing activities began: 2006
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English, French, Ukrainian, Spanish

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3
  • Individual people: 4
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

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

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 58
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 35
  • Campus-based student-created: 12
  • Contracted by external groups: 7
  • Peer-reviewed: 52
  • Currently inactive or archived: 14


Top Publications:
  • Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology (journal)
  • Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (journal)
  • Imaginations: Journal of Cross Cultural Image Studies [Archives]
  • East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies (journal)
  • The High Protein Cookbook for Muscle Health During Cancer Treatment (cookbook)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Education
  • Library and information studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Health sciences
  • Social sciences


  • 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
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: Open access journals affiliated with a Canadian scholarly, learned or professional association, or Canadian post-secondary institution; openly licensed textbook projects, where the primary creator or adaptor must be a faculty or staff member at the University of Alberta or partner institution.
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Dataverse
  • locally developed software
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • Pressbooks
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • PKP
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Archive-It
  • HathiTrust
  • In-house
  • Scholars Portal


Adopted Policies:
Checklist for Accessibility for Textbooks (from BC Campus):