Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Hunt Library

Academic Library · United States

Scholarly Communication Department


Chip Wolfe, Scholarly Commons Administrator
Email: dbcommon@erau.edu

Program Overview

Scholarly Commons is an open access digital repository for the research, scholarship, and creative works of the faculty, students, and staff of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. By collecting and preserving the University community’s research in a single location, Scholarly Commons provides a digital showcase for campus publications, archival materials, library special collections, and other University-related creative works not published elsewhere.
  • Publishing activities began: 2013
  • 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: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 4
  • Individual people: 4
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library materials budget; library operating budget; non-library campus budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 5
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 3
  • Campus-based student-created: 1
  • Contracted by external groups: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 3
  • Currently inactive or archived: 2
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 273
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 81


Top Publications:
  • Dissertations and Theses
  • Faculty Publications
  • International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace (journal)
  • Digital Forensics, Security and Law (journal)
  • Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Aviation safety and security
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Forensic science and technology
  • Aviation
  • Astrophysics and astronomy


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)
  • Pressbooks

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon Glacier
  • In-house


Adopted Policies:
COPE for Ethics and Malpractice

Additional Information

Last Year:
OER has expanded this year to help students save over 1.5 million dollars in textbook fees.
Future Plans:
Working on expanding our research data services to include a collaboratory workspace and simplified publishing of big data. Also, expanding our OER even more to increase student success.