Columbia University

Columbia University Libraries

Center for Digital Research and Scholarship
United States

Primary Contact:
Mark Newton
Interim Director and 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: professional staff (14.5); graduate students (0.5); undergraduate students (1.25)

Funding sources (%): N/A

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2016:

Library publications in 2016: campus-based faculty driven journals (3); campus-based student driven journals (17); technical/research reports (44); faculty conference papers and proceedings (20); ETDs (207); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (20)

Number of open access titles: journals (11); monographs (0)

Number of paid titles: journals (3); monographs ()

Number of hybrid titles: journals (6); monographs (0)

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

Disciplinary specialties: Law; (Digital) Humanities; Interdisciplinary Studies

Top publications: Academic Commons (digital research repository); Digital Dante; Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements; Women Film Pioneers Project;

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 90%

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: Modern Language Association

Publishing platform(s): Fedora; OJS; Wordpress; locally developed software

Digital preservation strategy: Amazon S3; AP Trust; Archive-It; DuraCloud; DPN; in-house; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); print-on-demand; typesetting; copy-editing; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; ISBN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; 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, scholarly communication and open access outreach and programming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Future plans include expansion of data publication services within Academic Commons and continued integration of platforms between the journals and the repository. CDRS seeks to expand its journals program with the addition of new partners and publications, through enhanced marketing and outreach efforts, and through attention to underlying nontechnical infrastructure such as its publishing agreements.
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