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Digital Publishing
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada
V5A 1S6

Digital Publishing Librarian

Kate Shuttleworth is the Digital Publishing Librarian. Kate joined the SFU Library in 2017.

About Digital Publishing

SFU hosts the Public Knowledge Project, a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. SFU Library advocates for open access and plays a pivotal role in moving scholarship towards a more open, innovative, and accessible model, as reflected in our strategic values and the SFU Strategic Research Plan (2016 - 2020)

The Digital Publishing team at SFU Library offers software, training, and expertise for members of the SFU community who are publishing online open access books and journals using PKP’s Open Journal Systems and Open Monograph Press. As a journal or book editor you will have access to software, support and training to publish your online, open access journal or monograph, which will be hosted for free and fully backed-up and secured by SFU Library.

What are the Public Knowledge Project, Open Journal Systems, and Open Monograph Press?

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) produces open-source software including Open Journal Systems, Open Conference Systems, and Open Monograph Press. These tools guide users through the editorial workflow of scholarly publishing, including submission, review, editing, publishing and indexing. Thousands of faculty members around the world are now using the software to publish independent journals on a peer-reviewed and open access basis, greatly increasing the public and global contribution of research and scholarship.

OJS and OMP:

  • Manage the editorial workflow of scholarly publishing, including submission, review, editing, publishing and indexing. 
  • Support multimedia content such as audio, video, and image files. 
  • Use user-friendly functionality with a straightforward interface so you do not need to know how to code to set-up and run your own journal or monograph. 
  • Allow for custom edits to enhance the look and feel of your journal if you have coding expertise on your team. 

SFU faculty, staff, and students can receive free access to Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Open Monograph Press (OMP) to publish online, open access journals and monographs through SFU Library Digital Publishing.

Interested in working with us on a journal publishing project? See Journal publishing options with SFU Library

Interested in working with us to publish an open access monograph? See Book publishing options with SFU Library

Digital Publishing services available through SFU Library 

The following supports and services are available through SFU Library Digital Publishing. Please note that we are not a University Press. We do not have an in-house editorial team, and we cannot provide support for print publications.

OJS and OMP setup and support

  • We offer consultations with journal editors and teams to help you decide if OJS or OMP is the right platform for your content and workflow requirements.
  • We will create your journal or book using OJS or OMP software, and help you with basic design and initial set-up of your journal website  (banner images, colour schemes, pre-set themes)
  • We will provide an orientation to the journal team on the use of OJS or OMP and the editorial workflow. 
  • If you are migrating previously published content from another platform, we will help you load the content into the system to get you started.

Preservation of journal and monograph content

  • We will let you know how the content will be backed-up and preserved through SFU servers.

Identifiers for journals, books, and articles

  • We can help you obtain an ISSN or ISBN for your journal or book as well as DOIs for journal articles.

Support for visibility of your journal or book

  • We will suggest the best ways to increase the visibility of your journal or book and ensure the content is widely accessible to suitable audiences.

Information about editorial and publication standards 

The Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ) suggests a rigorous set of criteria for open access journals. The Digital Publishing team can consult with journal editors to ensure your journal meets these open access publication standards, including transparency on your journal site around:

  • Peer review
  • Creative commons licensing and copyright retention for authors
  • Editorial board members
  • And more

For more information, please see Steps for setting up your journal and Book publishing options with SFU Library.