About the study

An examination of the Library Publishing Directory and the literature shows some evidence of variability in self-identifying practices between US and Canadian academic libraries engaged in publishing and hosting activities. Where libraries in the US tend to identify themselves as publishers, Canadian libraries often market their efforts under the banner of hosting services. Our study intends to look more closely at the reasoning behind this divergence in naming practices for seemingly similar service umbrellas, with the aim of obtaining a holistic understanding of journal support initiatives across Canada and the United States. The researchers will explore service offerings, divisions of responsibility, funding, terminology, and semantic associations within publishing, both as an active practice and as an advertised service.