Illinois Wesleyan University

The Ames Library

Scholarly Communications
United States

Primary Contact:
Stephanie Davis-Kahl
Scholarly Communications Librarian

Program Overview

The Ames Library publishing program focuses on disseminating excellent student-authored and peer reviewed research, scholarship, and creative works, with an emphasis on providing education and outreach on issues related to publishing such as Open Access, author rights and copyright.

Year publishing activities began: 2008

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (1); paraprofessional staff (1); undergraduate students (2)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (25); non-library campus budget (75)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): 4

Open access focus (1–5): 4

Advisory/editorial board: N

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018:

Library publications in 2018: campus-based student-driven journals (8); student conference papers and proceedings (2); newsletters (1); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (26)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video

Disciplinary specialties: Economics; Political Science; History; Educational Studies; Multi (conferences, Honors Projects)

Top publications: Undergraduate Economic Review (journal); Constructing History (journal); Res Publica (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

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

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy: in-house; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: training; analytics; metadata; peer review management; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We continue to seek out ways to position the program to become a publishing outlet for faculty.
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