Grand Valley State University

Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons

Academic Library · United States

Collections and Digital Scholarship

Jacklyn Rander, Publishing Services Manager
Phone: 616-331-2623

Program Overview

In order to increase visibility and access, Grand Valley State University Libraries provides open access infrastructure and support for the publication of scholarly, educational, and creative works affiliated with GVSU, including journals, open education materials, conference proceedings, and ETDs.
  • Publishing activities began: 2008
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 2
  • Individual people: 3
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

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

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 10
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 9
  • Campus-based student-created: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 10
  • Required fee to enable Open Access: 1
  • Currently inactive or archived: 16


Top Publications:
  • Online Readings in Psychology and Culture (journal)
  • Active Calculus (textbook)
  • ETDs
  • Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture (journal)
  • The Foundation Review (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Mathematics
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Reading
  • Language arts
  • Autistic culture


  • 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: No
  • 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): Yes

Technologies & Services

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

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • analytics
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Amazon S3
  • Portico


Adopted Policies:
Committee on Publication Ethics

Additional Information

Last Year:
In 2022 the GVSU Libraries continued to grow our open educational resources (OER) publishing capacity as part of a university-funded initiative. The student editorial assistant position we began piloting in 2021 allowed us to provide accessibility editing for OER creators and convert existing OER into more accessible, web-friendly formats. The student editorial assistant also developed a guide to basic coding concepts specifically to support our use of the PreTeXt OER-authoring system ( We continue to support OER creation via PreTeXt Pressbooks, and Digital Commons.
Future Plans:
OER continue to be a major priority for the GVSU Libraries and the university as a whole, and we are likely to continue expanding and refining our OER publishing support. Our current funding for OER grants and the student editorial position ends in December 2023, so we will be seeking new funding streams and alternate strategies to sustain this work. We are beginning to explore publishing online video collections, including original student works and supporting materials for faculty-created OER. The GVSU Libraries are also involved in the university’s ongoing conversation about digital portfolios for students, which may lead to expanded library publishing activities.