Georgia Southern University

University Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Institutional Repository Services, Collection Services Department

Beth Burnett, Digital Scholarship Librarian

Program Overview

Digital Commons@Georgia Southern is an open-access digital repository that collects, archives, and disseminates the intellectual and creative output of the University’s faculty, staff, students, and community partners. Digital Commons hosts contributions from across the campus and the community, including campus documents and publications, faculty and student research, conferences, journals, research data, news, and more.
  • 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, Spanish

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 5
  • Individual people: 5
  • Students: Graduate student(s), undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library materials budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 10
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 9
  • Campus-based student-created: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 10
  • Currently inactive or archived: 9


Top Publications:
  • International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (journal)
  • National Youth Advocacy and Resilience Journal (journal)
  • Journal of Applied Marketing Theory (journal)
  • The Coastal Review (journal)
  • Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • History
  • World languages


  • 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: 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:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)

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