November 30, 2020

Canada: University of Alberta Libraries Extends Open Access E-Journal Hosting Services To ANY Canadian Scholarly Journal

From the U. of Alberta: (via ARL):

University of Alberta Libraries is offering its open access e-journal hosting services to any Canadian scholarly journal, effective immediately.

“As the national landscape for scholarly communication shifts away from subscriber-driven business models, we believe it is the right time to expand our capacity and extend the offer of our existing infrastructure to all academic journals based in Canada,” said Gerald Beasley, vice-provost and chief librarian. Faculty, students and others at the U of A and beyond will also benefit from wider access to published research, he added.

U of A Libraries already hosts more than 30 scholarly journals using Open Journal Systems software. It has offered the free service for eight years, but had restricted it to publications with an editorial affiliation or strong historical link to the university.

Extending the reach of this hosting service can benefit both the scholarly journals and the users of their content, said Leah Vanderjagt, digital repository services librarian for U of A Libraries, noting that the service will remain free of charge.

Read the Complete Announcement

Hat Tip and Thank You: Kaylen Groves, ARL

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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