Penn State University

Penn State University Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Research Informatics and Publishing

Ally Laird, Open Publishing Program Coordinator
Phone: 814-867-3702

Program Overview

To provide and support digital platforms and publishing services for the creation and dissemination of high-quality scholarly publications that are free of cost and available to readers everywhere.
  • Publishing activities began: 2007
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English, Spanish, French

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3.5
  • Individual people: 4
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Endowment income; library materials budget; library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Databases
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Journals
  • Monographs

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 12
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 5
  • Campus-based student-created: 1
  • Contracted by external groups: 5
  • Peer-reviewed: 10
  • Currently inactive or archived: 5
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 6


Top Publications:
  • Utopian Literature in English: An Annotated Bibliography From 1516 to the Present (bibliography)
  • The Pittsburgh Novel: Western Pennsylvania in Fiction and Drama, 1792-2022 (bibliography)
  • Penn State Journal of Medicine (journal)
  • International Journal of Education and the Arts (journal)
  • Engineering Psychology (OER)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Pennsylvania History
  • Pennsylvania Literary History


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
    We work with the Penn State Press by hosting and making openly available the back issues of the Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, a journal they publish.
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    We have provided accessibility consultations in addition to future DOI registration services.
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g., local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: Content with a tie to Penn State or to Pennsylvania
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • data
  • images
  • text
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • locally developed software
  • OJS
  • Pressbooks
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • analytics
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • data visualization
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Digital preservation services under discussion
  • In-house


Other Policies:
OER specific policies

Adopted Policies:
Penn State policies; Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE); federal guidelines

Additional Information

Last Year:
The Open Publishing Program is now providing OER hosting services via a repository.
Future Plans:
The Open Publishing Program would like to expand its accessibility training services to our monograph publications.