Boston College

Boston College Libraries

Scholarly Communication and Research Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Sarah Melton
Head Librarian, Digital Scholarship
617 552-3210

Program Overview

The Boston College 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 exceptional student work and for faculty scholarship. We provide the Boston College Dataverse to members of our community who wish to publish their data. Open access journals provide faculty, student groups and academic centers with a platform and services for production and publication of high quality scholarship. The Digital Scholarship Group works with faculty and students to explore new methodologies and create open access projects. The Libraries’ publishing program supports the social justice mission of the University and promotes the goals of the Boston College 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 (4.5)

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

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): 4

Open access focus (1–5): 4

Advisory/editorial board: N

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018:

Library publications in 2018: campus-based faculty-driven journals (2); campus-based student-driven journals (6); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (4); monographs (2); faculty conference papers and proceedings (1); newsletters (1); graduate ETDs (195); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (20); digital scholarship projects (3)

Number of open access titles: journals (13); monographs (2)

Number of paid titles: journals (0); monographs (0)

Number of hybrid titles: journals (0); monographs (0)

Media formats: text; images; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: Theology; Education; Music; History; English

Top publications: Information Technology and Libraries (journal); Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations (journal); Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America (conference proceedings); International Higher Education (newsletter)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 25

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

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; Islandora, Dataverse; Wordpress

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 working to provide more services to those who publish open access journals with our program; we currently have one new faculty-driven journal in development. We also administer an affordable course materials program which we hope will generate some openly available educational content. We will also continue to develop our digital scholarship services and partnerships.
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