Northeastern University

University Libraries

Scholarly Communication and Digital Publishing
United States

Primary Contact:
Hillary Corbett
Scholarly Communication Librarian

Program Overview

The University Libraries offer a growing suite of publishing services in response to the needs of faculty, students, and staff. The Libraries provide an online platform for journal publishing (OJS) and the opportunity to produce innovative online collections and e-books based in its Digital Repository Service. Through the DRS, the Libraries also provide open access to the university’s electronic theses and dissertations, scholarly research output, and university-produced objects. The Libraries recently took over managing the university’s partnership with the University Press of New England; in early 2015, Northeastern will cease active production of new monographs with UPNE and transition to a distribution-only relationship. An expanded publishing program is currently under development, with year one of a three-year plan beginning in fall 2014.

Year publishing activities began: 2006

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (0.5); graduate students (0.25);

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based faculty-driven journals (3); campus-based student-driven journals (2); newsletters (8); ETDs (280); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (14); video series (3); photographic collections (5); psychological instruments (1); special collections (14)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications: Digital Humanities Quarterly; Annals of Environmental Science

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: individual faculty

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): Fedora; Hydra; OJS; Wordpress; Issuu

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

Additional services: print-on-demand; typesetting; copy-editing; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; metadata; compiling indexes and/or TOCs; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registry; ISBN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; dataset management author copyright advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: The Libraries plan to formalize its current publishing services into a named publishing program in the 2014-2015 academic year. As part of this new program, it will continue the publishing activities already underway, as well as offering a range of new services over a three-year period. In Year 1 (beginning Fall 2014) the publishing program will offer expanded journal publishing services through OJS; work with UPNE to create open-access digital editions of out-of-print Northeastern University Press titles; and conduct an environmental scan of additional needs for publishing services on campus. We also plan to convene an advisory board.
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