Western University

Western Libraries

Research and Scholarly Communication

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

Program Overview

The publishing mission of Western Libraries is to work directly with faculty and students to achieve their academic publishing goals by providing tools for and expertise in disseminating original scholarly work, advocating for open access, and educating journal teams about ethical and rigorous publishing processes and standards.

  • Publishing activities began: 2008
  • Location: Canada
  • Languages published: English; French; Spanish
  • Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Stage of publishing efforts (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: 0.75
  • Paraprofessional staff: 0.25
Funding sources for publishing activities:
  • Library materials budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, campus-based student-created; journals, inactive back-issues; monographs; Conference papers and proceedings - faculty and student.

  2021 Open access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty
Conference papers and proceedings, student
Educational resources (e.g., textbooks, course modules)
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
Journals, campus-based faculty-created 14 12 2
Journals, campus-based student-created 19 19
Journals, contracted by external groups
Journals, inactive back issues 1 1
Monographs 4 4
Technical/research reports
Undergraduate capstones/honors theses
Other publishing activities:
Conference papers and proceedings - faculty and student (115)

2021: New publications from July 2020 to June 2021. 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)
  • The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning / La revue canadienne sur l'avancement des connaissances en enseignement et en apprentissage (journal)
  • ESC: English Studies in Canada (journal)
  • Mathematics in Applied Sciences and Engineering (journal)
Disciplinary specialties:
  • education
  • information 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)

Part of a consortium that provides support for publishing?
  • Name of consortium: Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL)
  • Type of support: OCUL hosts our instance of OJS and provides technical support.
Work with a university press?

Administer a university press?

Technologies & Services

Media formats:
  • audio
  • images
  • text
  • video
Softwares & platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)
  • OJS

Additional services:
  • audio/video streaming
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • notification of A&I sources
  • training
Digital preservation strategy:
  • Scholars Portal