Columbia University

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

Center for Digital Research and Scholarship
@ColumbiaCDRS; @ResearchAtCU; @DataAtCU; @ ScholarlyComm; Scholarship-Columbia-University/63932011889
United States

Primary Contact:
Mark Newton
Production Manager

Program Overview

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) serves the digital research and scholarly communications needs of the faculty, students, and staff of Columbia University and its affiliates. Our mission is to increase the utility and impact of research produced at Columbia by creating, adapting, implementing, supporting, and sustaining innovative digital tools and publishing platforms for content delivery, discovery, analysis, data curation, and preservation. In pursuit of that mission, we also engage in extensive outreach, education, and advocacy to ensure that the scholarly work produced at Columbia University has a global reach and accelerates the pace of research across disciplines.

Year publishing activities began: 1997

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (14.5); graduate students (0.5); undergraduate students (1.25)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (77); non-library campus budget (3); grants (2); licensing (17); charge backs (1)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (4); student-driven journals (15); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (19); monographs (36); technical/research reports (2667); conference papers and proceedings (1150); databases (1); ETDs (1627); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (130)

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Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; software

Disciplinary specialties: law; humanities; public health; global studies; interdisciplinary studies

Top publications: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements (journal); Dangerous Citizens (website); Academic Commons (digital research repository); Women Film Pioneers Project (website); Columbia Business Law Review (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: Modern Languages Association; Fordham University Press; New York University; Ecological Society of America. Informal partners include California Digital Library; Cornell University; Purdue University

Publishing platform(s): Fedora; OJS/OCS/OMP; WordPress; locally developed software; Drupal

Digital preservation strategy: APTrust; Archive-It; DuraCloud/DSpace; DPN; in-house; digital preservation services under discussion; content is also backed up to NYSERnet, to two on-site locations, and off-site to tape with IronMountain

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); typesetting; copy-editing; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; ISSN registration; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; business model development; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming; preservation; repository deposit to PMC; SEO; application development; content and platform migration; workshops and consultation; social media and journal publishing best practices workshops; informal scholarly communication events; Open Access Week events; Campus OA fund management; collaboration spaces

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Planning to continue integration of the publishing program with the digital research repository, Academic Commons (, as well as to pursue new publishing partnerships with scholarly societies through members affiliated with the university. Further plans include expansion into unique identifier support (such as with ORCID and through EZID) as well as work in support of federal and funder mandates for access to funded research.
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