Pitt Open Library Publishing

University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Academic Library · United States

Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing


Lauren Collister, Director, Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing
Email: e-journals@mail.pitt.edu

Program Overview

Our mission is to support researchers in knowledge production, rapid sharing of new research, and Open Access to scholarly information; build collaborative partnerships around the world; improve the production and sharing of scholarly research; and support innovative publishing services.
  • Publishing activities began: 1999
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Japanese, Turkish

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 2
  • Individual people: 7
  • Funding sources: Charge backs/cost sharing; library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Journals

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 34
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 13
  • Campus-based student-created: 4
  • Contracted by external groups: 17
  • Peer-reviewed: 34
  • Currently inactive or archived: 17


Top Publications:
  • Names: A Journal of Onomastics (journal)
  • Journal of the Medical Library Association (journal)
  • International Journal of Telerehabilitation (journal)
  • Radical Teacher (journal)
  • Ledger (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Cultural studies
  • Languages and linguistics
  • Library and information science
  • Education
  • Medicine


  • 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
    We are colleagues but we do not collaborate.
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners but only if in our disciplinary specialty
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: Scholarly society journals, journals transitioning from print to online open access.
  • 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:
  • EPrints
  • OJS

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • PKP


Adopted Policies:
Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC); Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Additional Information

Last Year:
We launched a new imprint for our publishing portfolio, Pitt Open Library Publishing, to distinguish it from our Library Hosted Publications and Scholarly Exchange® Hosting Service.
Future Plans:
The program is focusing on sustainability, including cross-training across library departments and specialties to integrate library publishing more widely across the discipline.