Open publishing services

The Library is committed to open scholarship. We provide expertise and infrastructure to assist the uOttawa community with its publishing needs.

Open access journal services

We provide hosting and publishing services for uOttawa-affiliated journals. This includes:

  • space to publish your journal on Open Journal Systems (OJS)
  • OJS training, technical support and workflow optimization
  • support for your journal’s discoverability in indexes like DOAJ and Scholars Portal Journals
  • advice on copyright and Creative Commons licensing
  • DOI assignment, ORCID integration, archiving and more

To provide us with the information to get you started, complete our Journal Services Worksheet.

For roles and responsibilities of your journal and the Library, see our Journal Services Agreement.

To set up a new open access journal or move an existing journal to our platform, email us.

We support over a dozen journals with their publishing. See the list of journals supported by the Library.

Library-supported open access projects

Course journals

Course journals engage students as creators of information by involving them in the academic publishing process. 

Whether you involve students as journal editors or as authors and peer reviewers, course journals move you away from one-off assignments and provide experiential learning opportunities that focus on:

  • critical thinking, research, writing, and editing
  • crafting constructive feedback through peer review
  • ethics of information access and open access publishing
  • copyright, author rights and Creative Commons licensing

To learn more about integrating a course journal into your syllabus, email us.

As well, consult the Instructor Guide for Course Journals and see examples of student course journals.

Open educational resources

We support educators looking to adapt or create open textbooks and other types of open educational resources (OER).

We offer guidance and expertise including:

  • copyright and licensing information to understand how to “remix” (re-use) existing resources
  • support in using the Pressbooks digital publishing platform to create your OER
  • advice on dissemination to make your OER widely available

Learn more about creating and using open education resources. You can also email us about OER.

Student journals

Student journals are academic journals run primarily by students, often in collaboration with professors.

Working on a student journal is a great way to build writing and editing skills while becoming familiar with the scholarly publishing process. 

To understand how to run a successful journal, see our Journal Services Worksheet and consult the Student Journal Toolkit..

Current uOttawa students sponsored by a uOttawa affiliated professor can email us to enjoy our services, including:

  • space to publish your journal on Open Journal Systems (OJS)
  • training, technical support and workflow optimization on OJS
  • guidance on how to set up your journal for long-term sustainability
  • advice on copyright, Creative Commons licensing and more

Student journals publishing with us include the University of Ottawa Journal of Medicine and Potentia: Journal of International and Public Affairs.

Open Journal Systems (OJS) software help and documentation

Open Journal Systems is designed to manage articles from author submission to peer review, editing and publication, but can be configured to manage just some of these functions. We can help you set up OJS to suit your needs.

OJS user guide

The Learning OJS 3 guide is the definitive OJS guide. We’re currently running OJS version 3.1.2.

PKP (Public Knowledge Project) Docs

PKP Docs is the online home for documents created by PKP and the PKP community. It includes guides on best practices for metadata, launching a new journal, discoverability and sustainability, creating accessible content and designing your journal’s look and feel.

PKP School

PKP School is an online, open, self-paced collection of courses designed to help improve the quality of scholarly publishing.

PKP Community Forum

The PKP Community Forum is the central online space for the PKP community to ask and answer questions, showcase members’ accomplishments, discuss local projects and meet others with similar interests.

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