Emory University

Robert W. Woodruff Library

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship
United States

Primary Contact:
Stewart Varner
Digital Scholarship Coordinator

Program Overview

The enduring goal of a university is to create and disseminate knowledge. Changes in technology offer opportunities for new forms of both creation and dissemination of scholarship through open access (OA). Open access publishing also offers opportunities for Emory University to fulfill its mission of creating and preserving knowledge in a way that opens disciplinary boundaries and facilitates sharing that knowledge more freely with the world.

Year publishing activities began: 1995

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (4); graduate students (6)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (95); grants (5)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (4); student-driven journals (1); databases (18); ETDs (758)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; concept maps/modeling maps/visualizations; multimedia/interactive content

Disciplinary specialties: Southern studies; religion/theology

Top publications: Southern Spaces (journal); Molecular Vision (journal); Methodist Review (journal); Practical Matters (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): Fedora; OJS/OCS/OMP; WordPress; Drupal

Digital preservation strategy: digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: typesetting; copy-editing; metadata; peer review management; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; digitization; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Reexamining the expansion of library publishing services following the recent launch of the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.
On June 1, 2013, Emory University announced the launch of the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS). The ECDS brings together four units currently housed in the Robert W. Woodruff Library: the Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC), the Electronic Data Center, the Lewis H. Beck Center for Electronic Collections, and the Emory Center for Interactive Teaching (ECIT). These units have each collaborated with Emory scholars who wish to incorporate technology into their teaching and research. The formation of the ECDS will break down barriers between these functions and simplify the process of establishing partnerships with scholars. Expanding and strengthening support for open access, digital publishing is a top priority for the ECDS. View All Entries