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.
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Hat Tip and Thank You: Kaylen Groves, ARL