University of Waterloo Library

Digital Initiatives

Jordan Hale, Digital Repositories Librarian
Phone: 519-888-4567 x40135

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.

  • Publishing Activities Began: 1998
  • Location: Canada
  • Languages published: English
  • Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Stage (1-3): 3 - Established
  • Stage Comments:
  • Open Access Focus (1-5): 4 - Very Important
  • Program Advisory/Editorial Board: No
  • Peer Reviewed Journals: 90%
  • Journals that assess article processing charges: 10%
Staffing (in Full Time Equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 1
  • Paraprofessional staff: 0.5
Funding Sources for Publishing Activities:
  • Library Operating Budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: conference papers and proceedings, faculty; conference papers and proceedings, student; databases; datasets; educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules); electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, campus-based student-created; journals, contracted by external groups; journals, inactive back-issues; monographs; technical/research reports; undergraduate capstones/honors theses.

  2020 Open Access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty 230 230
Conference papers and proceedings, student 120 120
Datasets 19 19
Educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules) 34 34
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) 1001 1001
Journals, campus-based faculty-created
Journals, campus-based student-created
Journals, contracted by external groups 1
Journals, inactive back-issues
Technical/Research Reports 7
Undergraduate Capstones/Honors Theses 2

2020: New publications from July 2019 to June 2020. Journals include titles actively publishing during the date range. Other publication types include items that were published or added to repositories for the first time within the date range.

OA/Paid/Hybrid: Publications currently published and/or available online. OA (open access) publications do not include counts for hybrid publications. Hybrid publications are those that offer a combination of both open access and pay-access content.


Top Publications:
  • Canadian Journal of Disability Studies (journal)
  • Canadian Food Studies (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • engineering
  • computer science


Internal Partners: campus departments or programs

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)

Best publications to refer to our program: Open Journal Systems

Part of a consortium that provides support for publishing? yes
  • Name of consortium: Public Knowledge Project
Work with a university press? no

Administer a university press? no

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • data
  • text
Softwares & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • Dataverse
  • Islandora
  • OJS

Additional Services:
  • author advisory – copyright
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • ISSN registry
  • outreach
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Scholars Portal