East Carolina University

Academic Library Services

Academic Library · United States

Scholarly Communication


Joseph Thomas, Assistant Director for Collection Management 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
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across library units/departments
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 1.5
  • Individual people: 2
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library materials budget; library operating budget, non-library campus budget

Publishing Activities

  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Journals

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 5
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 4
  • Peer-reviewed: 5
  • Currently inactive or archived: 1


Top Publications:
  • Theory and Practice in Rural Education (journal)
  • Engineering Design Graphics Journal (journal)
  • North Carolina Libraries (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Library science
  • Rural education
  • Engineering


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
  • Program’s 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 which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • data
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • Dataverse
  • DSpace
  • OJS
  • Omeka

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • ISSN registry
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • PKP