Pennsylvania State University

Penn State University Libraries

Publishing & Curation Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Linda Friend
Head, Scholarly Publishing Services

Program Overview

Our mission is to provide authors and researchers with consultation on publishing options and practical, alternative ways for Penn State faculty and students to publish and disseminate research in many formats. In addition, we provide assistance to scholarly journals and societies in disseminating their publications and proceedings electronically. We subscribe to the principles of open access to research information. Doctoral dissertations and master’s theses for most academic programs are submitted digitally and are disseminated through the Libraries, and there is an active program of collecting and making student research available. The three primary research journals in the field of Pennsylvania history are part of our digitized collections. We are currently investigating the need and feasibility of offering an enhanced program of tiered publishing services, particularly for research journals, data, conference proceedings, and student-initiated work.

Year publishing activities began: 2000

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (2.5); graduate students (0.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (99); sales revenue (1)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (3); faculty conference papers and proceedings (1); ETDs (1155); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (575); graduate student research exhibition posters; undergraduate student research exhibition posters

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

Disciplinary specialties: Pennsylvania history and culture

Top publications: Pennsylvania History Journal (journal); Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (magazine); Western Pennsylvania History (journal); WEPAN Conference Proceedings (conference proceedings)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 75

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners: Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN); Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Heinz History Center; Pennsylvania History Association

Publishing platform(s): CONTENTdm; OJS/OCS/OMP; WordPress

Digital preservation strategy: digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: marketing; outreach; metadata; dataset management; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Redescribing the program, with expansion of services in the near future.
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