Middle Tennessee State University

James E. Walker Library

Academic Library · United States

Digital Scholarship Initiatives


Digital Scholarship Initiatives
Email: digitalscholar@mtsu.edu

Program Overview

Digital Scholarship Initiatives is an extension of the mission of the Walker Library as an active partner in the scholarly communication process and supports the educational mission of the university through providing access to information. Digital Scholarship is scholarship enhanced by the design of digital projects, incorporation of digital tools, collaboration among digital partners, and dissemination through digital platforms. DSI Core Principles are at: https://dsi.mtsu.edu/coreprinciples
  • Publishing activities began: 2014
  • 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): 2.5
  • Individual people: 6
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Charge backs/cost sharing; library operating budget

Publishing Activities

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

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 6
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 5
  • Campus-based student-created: 2
  • Peer-reviewed: 5
  • Currently inactive or archived: 2
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 1


Top Publications:
  • International Journal of the Whole Child (journal)
  • Scientia et Humanitas (journal)
  • Journal for Economic Educators (journal)
  • Trials, Triumphs, and Transformations (expansive digital project)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • History
  • Education
  • Digital humanities
  • Social sciences


  • 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
    Some units publish newsletter- or monograph-type works on their respective websites. On occasion, consultations may occur. Most have their own objectives and pursue work on their own.
  • 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
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • OMP
  • Pressbooks

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • Developmental and/or substantive editing
  • DOI distribution
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • compiling indexes and/or TOCs
  • copyediting
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • PKP
  • Amazon S3
  • In-house


Adopted Policies:
LPC Roadmap for Anti-Racist Practice (2021), Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) Joint Statement of Principles, Florida State University Libraries Publishing, and University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing Services

Additional Information

Last Year:
Over the past year we implemented MT Open Press, a book publishing program. This is a digital-first, hybrid press that includes external reviews and print-on-demand options.
Future Plans:
We will be creating and implementing new policies including an antiracism policy, inclusive language policy, and correction policy.