University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo Library

Digital Initiatives

Primary Contact:
Pascal Calarco
Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services

Program Overview

The Library provides open access publishing services for faculty and students based on Open Journal Systems, DSpace, Islandora and Dataverse platforms. We are a member of CrossRef, and can issue DOIs for hosted publications, and can offer DOIs to research data via DataCite Canada. We work individually with prospective editors and authors, and can also assist with ISSN registration and journal indexing referrals.

Year publishing activities began: 1998

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (1.5); paraprofessional staff (.25); undergraduates (.1)

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 (1); campus-based student-driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (3); newsletters (6); databases (1); ETDs (991)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; data

Disciplinary specialties: disability studies; food science; sociology and criminology; mechanical engineering; geography

Top publications: ENGINE: Pre-Print Server for IEEE Society for Vehicular Technology (preprints); Canadian Journal of Disability Studies (journal); Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology and Criminology (journal); Canadian Journal of Food Safety (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 80

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: Canadian Disability Studies Association-Association Canadienne des Études sur l'Incapacité; Theses Canada; Canadian Association of Food Safety

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; Fedora; Islandora; OJS; Dataverse

Digital preservation strategy: Scholars Portal; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registry; ISBN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Expanding ETD repository to include faculty and student scholarship this year. As Open Access monograph publishing expands, we are tracking OMS and may implement if warranted. We will be expanding research data management activities as well as these grow.
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