East Carolina University

Academic Library Services

Scholarly Communication

Joseph Thomas, Assistant Director, Collections and Scholarly Communication
Phone: 252-737-2728
Email: thomasw@ecu.edu

Program Overview

Academic Library Services supports the creation and dissemination of research produced by faculty and students at East Carolina University through The ScholarShip, ECU’s institutional repository, and through hosting scholarly journals that are published on Open Journal Systems software.

  • Publishing activities began: 2009
  • Location: United States
  • Languages published: English
  • Organization: services distributed across library units/departments
  • Stage of publishing efforts (1-3): 3 - Established
  • Stage comments:
  • Open access focus (1-5): 4 - Very Important
  • Program advisory/editorial board: No
  • Peer reviewed journals: 100%
Staffing (in full-time equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 0.5
  • Paraprofessional staff: 1
  • Graduate students: 0.25
Funding sources for publishing activities:
  • Library operating budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: conference papers and proceedings, faculty; electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); expansive digital publications (digital humanities or other complex multimedia projects); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, inactive back-issues; undergraduate capstones/honors theses.

  2021 Open access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty
Conference papers and proceedings, student
Educational resources (e.g., textbooks, course modules)
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) 300
Journals, campus-based faculty-created 5 5
Journals, campus-based student-created
Journals, contracted by external groups
Journals, inactive back issues 1 1
Technical/research reports
Undergraduate capstones/honors theses 40

2021: New publications from July 2020 to June 2021. Journals include titles actively publishing during the date range. Other publication types include items that were published or added to repositories for the first time within the date range.

OA/Paid/Hybrid: Publications currently published and/or available online. OA (open access) publications do not include counts for hybrid publications. Hybrid publications are those that offer a combination of both open access and pay-access content.


Top publications:
  • Theory and Practice in Rural Education (journal)
  • North Carolina Libraries (journal)
  • Engineering Design Graphics Journal (journal)
Disciplinary specialties:
  • maritime history
  • rural education
  • nursing


Internal partners: campus departments or programs

Openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g. local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)

Part of a consortium that provides support for publishing?

Work with a university press?

Administer a university press?

Technologies & Services

Media formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia/interactive content
  • text
  • video
Softwares & platforms:
  • DSpace
  • Dataverse
  • OJS
  • Omeka

Additional services:
  • author advisory – copyright
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • ISSN registry
Digital preservation strategy:
  • Archive-It
  • PKP Preservation Network