Western University

Western Libraries

Research and Scholarly Communications Team

Joanne Paterson, Head, Research and Scholarly Communication
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
  • Languages published: English, French, Spanish
  • Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Stage (1-3): 2 - Early
  • Stage Comments:
  • 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: 1
  • 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; electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, campus-based student-created; undergraduate capstones/honors theses; books.

  2020 Open Access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty 31 31
Conference papers and proceedings, student 24 24
Educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules)
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) 803 803
Journals, campus-based faculty-created 12 11 1
Journals, campus-based student-created 15 15
Journals, contracted by external groups
Journals, inactive back-issues
Technical/Research Reports
Undergraduate Capstones/Honors Theses 19 19
Other/Additional Publishing Activities:
Book (1)

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:
  • International Indigenous Policy Journal (journal)
  • Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science (journal)
  • Locke Studies (journal)
  • Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (journal)
  • The Road Goes Ever On: Estelle Jorgensen's Legacy in Music Education (book)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Teaching and learning
  • Philosophy
  • Information science
  • Music


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)

Part of a consortium that provides support for publishing? yes
  • Name of consortium: OCUL
  • Type of support: Shared instance of OJS and some technical support
Work with a university press? no

Administer a university press? no