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Research and Publishing Support

Libraries interact directly with publishers and the broader scholarly publishing community and have much to convey in terms of discovery and dissemination strategies for research. York University Libraries provide support and infrastructure for scholarly production and dissemination. At the production end, we offer open access publishing support, research data management assistance, and a free online journal hosting service called York Digital Journals. Limited financial aid in support of open access publishing is offered via an Open Access Author Fund, and YorkSpace, York University's institutional repository supports an alternate route to open access which involves placing a copy of your published work (subject to publisher policy) in an open access repository.

Making one’s publications accessible is a function of a number of factors, including addressing barriers to access (open access publishing), considering copyright, leveraging technological infrastructure to maximize visibility, and publishing in venues that are recognized and visible to one’s target readership. The links below address these areas, integrating how the infrastructure described above advances strategies for navigating the landscape.

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Author Profiles and Identifiers (ORCID, Scopus ID, Web of Science ResearcherID)

Author profiles, also known as researcher profiles, are an essential component of your academic career to build and enhance your online presence and increase engagement. An author profile is an accessible online profile of your professional and academic activities, outputs, and achievements. It allows information about your academic and professional career, and your research to be correctly attributed to you, visible, easy to find, and accessible.  

There are several types of author profiles that can be created and managed. Of note, some profiles are automatically created once you have an article that is indexed, notably the Scopus database. An author profile contains a unique author or researcher identifier that is assigned to you and follows you over the course of your academic and professional career. Much like a Social Security Number (SIN), unique author identifiers like ORCID, Scopus ID, and Web of Science ResearcherID allow researchers to distinguish themselves, even if names, employment, and affiliations change. It is important to check and correct your author profiles, because your publications may be fragmented with multiple IDs that have been created by different profiling platforms. Enhance your visibility by creating and monitoring author profiles over time. Learn how to correct your author details, add your institutional affiliation, merge author profiles, and ensure your publications are correctly attributed to you: 

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Open Access Publishing

York University Libraries have directed a small portion of their collections budget in support of an open access author fund to cover author processing charges for York researchers who wish to publish their work in open access journals. Once the annual allocation has been expended, no further requests can be considered until the following fiscal year.

YorkSpace Institutional Repository

YorkSpace is York University’s Institutional Repository. It functions as an open access library of digital objects. Each submission must be accompanied by a digital object that can be made available to the York and global scholarly community permanently without access restrictions. YorkSpace hosts a variety of scholarly outputs including faculty papers, award winning student papers, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), and conference proceedings.

York Digital Journals

York University Libraries provide an electronic journal hosting service for York-affiliated journals. This service is called York Digital Journals (YDJ). Over 50 scholarly journals and other publications are currently hosted by the platform. Some of the YDJ hosted faculty-led journals feature the peer-reviewed work of graduate and undergraduate students.

Research Data Management (RDM)

Have questions about what to do with your research data? Working on a research data management plan for a grant? Consult our Research Data Management website for more information or contact us at

Borealis - York University Dataverse

Borealis, the Canadian Dataverse Repository, is a bilingual, multidisciplinary, secure, Canadian research data repository, supported by academic libraries and research institutions across Canada. Borealis supports open discovery, management, sharing, and preservation of Canadian research data. Users can create robust metadata, track changes across versions of their datasets, mint Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), and make data open or restricted. The York University Dataverse is included within Borealis and is the main institutional data repository supported by the Libraries.

Research Metrics and Impact

The measurement and assessment of research outputs can be used to better understand the research landscape and various forms of impact, including academic, societal, and economic impact. Using resources available through York University Libraries and beyond, you can gain a sense of the impact of your scholarship, perform impact analysis, find collaborators, and track research trends. When used responsibly and in context, research metrics can be used as evidence of impact for grant, job, promotion and award applications. Have questions about research impact? Want to learn more about the tools available to track the reach and impact of your work? Consult our Research Metrics website for more information or contact us at