Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University Libraries

Collections and Discovery

Laura Edwards, Associate Director, Discovery and Metadata
Email: laura.edwards@eku.edu

Program Overview

To provide open access to EKU’s scholarship and the scholarship of others, and to support the mission of EKU, which is regional engagement, student and faculty achievement.

  • Publishing activities began: 2010
  • Location: United States
  • Languages published: English
  • Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Stage of publishing efforts (1-3): 2 - Early
  • Stage comments:
  • Open access focus (1-5): 5 - Completely
  • Program advisory/editorial board: No
  • Peer reviewed journals: 100%
Staffing (in full-time equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 3
Funding sources for publishing activities:
  • Library operating budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: conference papers and proceedings, faculty; educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules); electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); journals, campus-based faculty-created; undergraduate capstones/honors theses; graduate capstones.

  2021 Open access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty 27 27
Conference papers and proceedings, student
Educational resources (e.g., textbooks, course modules) 0
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) 22 22
Journals, campus-based faculty-created 2 2
Journals, campus-based student-created
Journals, contracted by external groups
Journals, inactive back issues
Technical/research reports
Undergraduate capstones/honors theses 75 34 41
Other publishing activities:
graduate capstones (32)

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:
  • JOTE (Journal of Occupational Therapy) (journal)
  • Slavery to Liberation: the African American Experience (open textbook)
  • Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)
  • KJUS (Kentucky Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship) (journal)
  • JORA (Journal of Retracing Africa) (journal)
Disciplinary specialties:
  • occupational therapy education
  • African studies
  • college teaching and learning
  • undergraduate scholarship


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
  • text
  • video
Softwares & platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)

Additional services:
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • peer review management
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital preservation strategy:
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Digital preservation services under discussion
Service vendors: Bepress, CrossRef

Additional Information

Plans for Expansion & Future Directions:
Focus on OERs to support student success.
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