Penn State University

Penn State University Libraries

Publishing & Curation Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Linda Friend
Head, Scholarly Publishing Services

Program Overview

Publishing & Curation Services, a department of the University Libraries, serves the Penn State community of authors and researchers with in-house publishing options and related consultation services. We have a commitment to open access and complement the journal and monograph publishing services of the Penn State University Press, offering practical alternative ways of publishing and disseminating research in many formats using a range of publishing platforms including OJS, OCS, our ScholarSphere repository, WordPress, Omeka, and so forth. We provide assistance to scholarly journals and societies in disseminating their publications and proceedings electronically, and our list includes the three primary journals for Pennsylvania history. Doctoral dissertations and master’s theses for most academic programs, as well as the majority of undergraduate honors theses, are submitted digitally and are disseminated through a locally maintained database, and there is an active program of collecting and making other student research available.

Year publishing activities began: 2000

Organization: primarily centralized library publishing unit/department located at the main campus. Various operations and publishing workflow responsibilities and support activities (depending on needs, content, format, etc.,) are distributed among a range library units/departments including technology support, cataloging and metadata services, digitization and preservation, etc.

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (2.5); paraprofessional staff (0.75); graduate students (0.25)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (98); sales revenue (1); licensing revenue (1)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2016: Press not applicable; repository (2126)

Library publications in 2016: campus-based faculty driven journals (6); campus-based student driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (3); faculty conference papers and proceedings (1); ETDs (1400); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (500)

Number of open access titles: not available

Number of paid titles: not available

Number of hybrid titles: not available

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

Disciplinary specialties: Pennsylvania history and culture; digital humanities; philosophy of education

Top publications: Pennsylvania History; Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB); Western Pennsylvania History; IK: Other Ways of Knowing; Digital Literary Studies [forthcoming]

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Heinz History Center; Pennsylvania History Association

Publishing platform(s): CONTENTdm; Fedora; Hydra; OJS; OCS; Scalar; WordPress; Drupal; locally developed software

Digital preservation strategy: CLOCKSS; HathiTrust; Hydra; LOCKSS; MetaArchive; Portico; in-house; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: marketing; outreach; training metadata dataset management; peer review management; budget preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We are continuing to build our formal program of tiered publishing services, particularly for research journals, data, conference proceedings, and student-initiated work. PCS collaborates with the Penn State Press, which also reports to the Dean of Libraries and Scholarly Communications. We subscribe to the principles of open access to research information and in April 2014 the University Libraries faculty voted to endorse open access publishing and submit their own scholarship to OA publishing venues whenever possible. The University Senate adopted an Open Access Resolution in April 2015.
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