Kennesaw State University

KSU Library System

Academic Library · United States

Digital Commons@Kennesaw State University

Heather Hankins, Supervisor, Institutional Repository

Program Overview

The Digital Commons@Kennesaw State University began as a way to publish ETDs for the school and has grown to host 31 journals ranging from student journals to international ones. Our mission is to provide low-barrier access to publishing for our community and affiliates, while highlighting the breadth of scholarly and creative activities occurring at Kennesaw State University.
  • Publishing activities began: 2008
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: One priority among many
  • 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): 2
  • Individual people: 2
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget; non-library campus budget

Publishing Activities

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

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 12
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 5
  • Contracted by external groups: 7
  • Peer-reviewed: 8
  • Currently inactive or archived: 19


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
  • 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 specialize at supporting new journal editors in building their journals.
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

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

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • open URL support
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • No digital preservation services provided