Oregon State University

Oregon State University Libraries and Press

Digital Publishing Initiatives
United States

Primary Contact:
Korey Jackson
Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services

Program Overview

Oregon State University Libraries’ publishing activities are primarily focused on the dissemination of scholarship produced by OSU faculty and students. This is achieved through a number of different channels: 1) The institutional repository, ScholarsArchive@ OSU, which includes material such as electronic theses and dissertations, agricultural extension reports, conference proceedings, and faculty data sets. 2) Hosted open access journals. OSU Libraries support OJS-hosted journals and have been cetnral in helping new campus-based journals using the editorial management and hosting service Scholastica. 3) The Libraries’ Digital Publishing Initiatives program (DPI) is in the process of digitizing selected out-of-print OSU Press publications and out-of-copyright materials from our archives to include a collection called Reading the Pacific Northwest. 4) We also create and host a number of Press-related projects using the Scalar platform, and provides open access to excerpts from Press books and supplementary materials such as maps and data sets. OSU Libraries also collaborates with OSU Press and OSU Extended Campus to publish open textbooks by OSU faculty. Other publishing activities involve the development of online resources that present the unique holdings of OSU Libraries, such as the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives, the Linus and Ava Helen Pauling Papers, and related archival collections in the History of Science. We have been using the publishing platform Scalar to publish content largely related to our special collections.

Year publishing activities began: 2006

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (2); paraprofessional staff (1)

Funding sources (%): library materials budget (80); endowment income (20)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): 3

Open access focus (1–5): 5

Advisory/editorial board: N

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018: 20

Library publications in 2018: campus-based faculty-driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (1); ETDs (550); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (150); data sets (10)

Number of open access titles: journals (3); monographs (1)

Number of paid titles: journals (); monographs ()

Number of hybrid titles: journals (1); monographs ()

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; multimedia/interactive content

Disciplinary specialties: forestry; agriculture; history of science; water studies

Top publications: "Growing Your Own" (technical report); Forest Phytophthoras (journal); International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade Conference Proceedings (conference proceedings); Journal of the Transportation Research Forum (journal); "Reducing Fire Risk on Your Forest Property" (technical 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: Transportation Research Forum; International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade; Western Dry Kiln Association; Oregon Institute for Natural Resources; Academic Affairs

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; Fedora; Hydra; OJS; Wordpress, Scholastica; Scalar

Digital preservation strategy: LOCKSS; MetaArchive

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); analytics; cataloging; metadata ISSN registry DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; dataset management author copyright advisory; digitization; image services; data visualization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Our plans for the near future focus largely on open textbooks, digital humanities, and linking data sets to published articles. The OSU Libraries’ Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services is developing a strategic vision for digital publishing with an emphasis on platforms that integrate the publishing activities of the Libraries and Press.
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