Catholic Theological Union

Paul Bechtold Library

Office of the Director
http://www.ctu.edu/library/publications
United States

Primary Contact:
Melody Layton McMahon
Director of the Library
773-371-5460

Program Overview

Paul Bechtold Library Publishing supports open access and sustainable scholarship in the field of theology and practical ministry.

Year publishing activities began: 2011

Organization: highly collaborative, experimental, and non-hierarchical work of library director and electronic resources librarian

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (.3)

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 (1); ETDs (12)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images

Disciplinary specialties: theology; practical ministry

Top publications: New Theology Review; Theophilus

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 3

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; graduate students

External partners: one current partner in pre-publication stage of journal

Publishing platform(s): CONTENTdm; OJS

Digital preservation strategy: digital preservation services under discussion; plan to use OJS CLOCKSS

Additional services: copy-editing; marketing; outreach; training; cataloging; ISSN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; peer review management; author copyright advisory; digitization

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Plan to begin publishing faculty monographs. Have one non-CTU journal in pre-publication phase. Would be willing to publish more non-CTU journals or conference papers that fit our mission.
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