Northeastern University

Snell Library

Scholarly Communication and Digital Publishing
United States

Primary Contact:
Hillary Corbett
Director, Scholarly Communication and Digital Publishing

Program Overview

Northeastern University Library offers a growing suite of digital publishing services. The library-based publishing program provides 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 library also manages the university’s partnership with the University Press of New England, which produced titles under the Northeastern University Press imprint for 10 years and continues to handle reprints. As part of the publishing program the library is producing open-access editions of select out-of-print NUP titles.

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 (0.5)

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

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): Established

Open access focus (1–5): Completely

Advisory/editorial board: No

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018:

Library publications in 2018: monographs (1); technical/research reports (136); ETDs (516); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (4)

Number of open access titles: monographs (1)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications: Digital Humanities Quarterly (journal); Gun Violence in America: The Struggle for Control (monograph); The Consequences of Dropping Out of High School: Joblessness and Jailing for High School Dropouts and the High Cost for Taxpayers (report); Left Behind in America: The Nation's Dropout Crisis (report)

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; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners:

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

Digital preservation strategy: Archive­It; Hydra; 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: We plan to offer print-on-demand soon for our open access monographs. We are also working on expanding our capacity for supporting the production and digitization of reports and white papers.
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