Catholic Theological Union

Paul Bechtold Library

Office of the Director
United States

Primary Contact:
Melody Layton McMahon
Director of the Library

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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