Western University

Western Libraries

Research and Scholarly Communications Team

Joanne Paterson, Head, Research and Scholarly Communications
Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 80957
Email: jpater22@uwo.ca

Program Overview

Western Libraries’ journal publishing service offers a no-fee local publication facility for students and faculty who wish to publish an online open access journal. We partner with bepress, the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), and Scholars Portal to host and distribute more than 30 journals.

Western Libraries provides support in the set-up and continued maintenance of journals, as well as guidance in increasing the visibility and discoverability of online journal content. Our librarians and staff will facilitate indexing and dissemination of your journal’s contents, and validate standard identifiers for the publication and its content as needed.

Publishing Activities Began: 2008
Location: Canada
Organization: services distributed across campus
Stage (1-3): 2 - Early
Open Access Focus (1-5): 5 - Completely
Program Advisory/Editorial Board: No
Peer Reviewed Journals: 90%

Staffing (in Full Time Equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 0.5
  • Paraprofessional staff: 2
  • Graduate students: 0.25
Funding Sources for Publishing Activities:
  • Library Materials Budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: conference papers and proceedings, faculty; conference papers and proceedings, student; databases; electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, campus-based student-created.

  2019 Open Access Paid Hybrid
Campus-based Faculty-driven Journal1313
Campus-based Student-driven Journals55
Faculty Conference Papers and Proceedings
Journals for External Groups
Student Conference Papers and Proceedings
Technical/Research Reports
Undergraduate Capstones/Honors Theses

2019: New publications from July 2018 to June 2019. 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 may be offered in some form as OA, but are also available as a paid version.


Top Publications:
  • Locke Studies (journal)
  • Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science (journal)
  • International Indigenous Policy Journal (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • philosophy
  • information science
  • women's studies


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

Openess to Partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g. local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • images
  • text
  • video
Softwares & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)
  • OJS
  • ArcGIS

Additional Services:
  • analytics
  • author advisory – copyright
  • contract/license preparation
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • open URL support
  • peer review management
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Digital preservation services under discussion

Additional Information

Plans for Expansion & Future Directions:
We are currently growing our publishing program after a system reorganization; this re-org has enabled us to direct more time and attention to these issues.
Highlighted Publication

Emerging Library & Information Perspectives

ELIP is an open access, peer-reviewed journal managed by students in the Master of Library and Information Science program at Western University. The journal aims to foster a research and publishing community among emerging librarians and information professionals.

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