Journal Publishing

We are not currently accepting proposals for new titles for our program. Please contact us to request an email notification when we resume reviewing new submissions.

Western Libraries’ journal publishing service offers a no-fee local publication facility for students and faculty who wish to publish an online open access journal. We partner with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and Scholars Portal to host and distribute more than 30 open access journals.

Western Libraries provides support in the set-up and continued maintenance of journals, as well as guidance in increasing the visibility and discoverability of online journal content. Our librarians and staff will facilitate indexing and dissemination of your journal’s contents, and validate standard identifiers for the publication and its content as needed.

Western’s library-hosted journals use the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform. OJS is a collaborative, open-source journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project.

If you are thinking about starting a journal, please review our handout Starting a New Journal – Does It Make Sense.

For current journal editors, please see Resources for Journal Editors for more information about using the OJS publishing system or about improving your journal’s visibility.

Any questions about journal publishing at Western Libraries can be sent to Kristin Hoffmann,