Boston College

Boston College University Libraries

Scholarly Communications and Research
United States

Primary Contact:
Jane Morris
Head Librarian, Scholarly Communications and Research
617 552-4481

Program Overview

The Boston College University Libraries’ publishing program showcases and preserves Boston College’s scholarly output in digital form and makes it freely accessible globally. The institutional repository, eScholarship@BC, is a publishing platform for student theses and juried work and for faculty scholarship. Open access journals provide faculty, student groups and academic centers with a platform and services for production and publication of high quality scholarship. The Libraries’ publishing program supports the social justice mission of the University and promotes the goals of the University Libraries by providing access to scholarly resources wherever they are needed.

Year publishing activities began: 2006

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (3.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based faculty-driven journals (1); campus-based student-driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (4); monographs (1); textbooks (4); faculty conference papers and proceedings (2); newsletters (1); ETDs (170); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (23); faculty publication interview videos

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: Theology; Education

Top publications: Information Technology and Libraries; Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations; Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America; Levantine Review

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 50

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners: Catholic Theological Society of America; ALA Library and Information Technology Association; Council of Centers on Christian-Jewish Relations; Seminar on Jesuit Spirituality

Publishing platform(s): OJS; DigiTool; migrating to Islandora

Digital preservation strategy: HathiTrust; LOCKSS; MetaArchive

Additional services: marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata ISSN registry DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; digitization; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We plan to increase outreach efforts to capture more research data and scholarly publications. We are in the process of migrating our repository to an Islandora platform.
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