Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Scholarly Communication

Matt Vaughn, Open Publishing Librarian
Phone: 812-856-6842

Program Overview

The Scholarly Communication Department at IU Bloomington Libraries provides infrastructure and services to support the IU community in creating, sharing, and preserving their scholarly work. We believe that equitable access to data, research, and information is foundational to the production of knowledge, and are dedicated to supporting this principle within the IU community.
  • Publishing activities began: 2012
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 5.2
  • Individual people: 8
  • Students: Graduate student(s); undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library materials budget

Publishing Activities

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

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 25
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 15
  • Campus-based student-created: 1
  • Contracted by external groups: 9
  • Peer-reviewed: 20
  • Currently inactive or archived: 15
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 6


Top Publications:
  • Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (journal)
  • Studies in Digital Heritage (journal)
  • Indiana Magazine of History (journal)
  • International Journal of Designs for Learning (journal)
  • Indiana University Journal of Undergraduate Research (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Folklore
  • Education


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
    We share resources and expertise with the IU Press, including typesetting services, developer support, and librarian support. We work together to troubleshoot problems, and we seek ways to support each other’s projects whenever possible.
  • 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)
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: We are interested in expanding our support for work by BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and scholars from the Global South. We are also open to considering publications relating to our established strengths in scholarship on folklore, education, and cultural heritage.
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • text
  • video
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • OJS
  • Pressbooks
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • analytics
  • copyediting
  • dataset management
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:


Adopted Policies:
COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)

Additional Information

Last Year:
In the past year, we have hired a new scholarly communication librarian, digital publishing librarian, and an open publishing librarian. We have expanded our OER services, and we onboarded one new journal. The scholarly communication librarian manages our institutional repository and assists with our OER program. Our previous scholarly communication librarian now focuses on OER work full-time as the open education librarian. The digital publishing librarian is a new position whose responsibilities are being defined, though the position is expected both to develop and manage a library publishing service for long-form texts and grey literature and to help bridge the Scholarly Communication department and Indiana University Press. The open publishing librarian’s primary role is to support the 50-plus journals published through our open access journal publishing program.
Future Plans:
In the future, we expect continued growth in all our service areas and further collaboration with the IU Press.