Pepperdine University

Pepperdine Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Office of the Dean of Libraries

Bailey Berry, Librarian for Digital Publishing, Curation, and Conversion
Phone: 310-506-4711

Program Overview

The Pepperdine Libraries provide a global gateway to knowledge, serving the diverse and changing needs of our learning community. As the information universe continues to evolve, our goal is to remain responsive to users' needs by providing seamless access to print and digital resources essential for scholarship. Through Pepperdine Digital Commons, we publish and support a wide array of digital publications that are openly accessible for study, research, and learning.
  • Publishing activities began: 2010
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 1
  • Individual people: 1
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Journals
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 8
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 5
  • Campus-based student-created: 3
  • Peer-reviewed: 8


Top Publications:
  • Leaven (journal)
  • Pepperdine Law Review (journal)
  • Theses and Dissertations (etd)
  • Pepperdine Journal of Communication Research (journal)
  • Global Tides (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Religion
  • Business
  • Public policy
  • Communication
  • Law


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
  • 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)
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)

Additional Services:
  • analytics
  • audio/video streaming
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Digital preservation services under discussion
  • DuraCloud
  • In-house