Portland State University

Portland State University Library

Digital Initiatives Unit
United States

Primary Contact:
Karen Bjork
Digital Initiatives Coordinator

Program Overview

Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication services supports new models of scholarly communications, copyright services, the showcasing of Portland State University’s intellectual output via open access repository services, as well as the digitization of unique historical materials. This is achieved largely through the institutional repository PDXScholar (pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu). Major publishing initiatives include the production of the undergraduate student journals and open textbook publishing. The Library is committed to playing an active role in the changing landscape of scholarly publishing and supports the ideals of the open access movement.

Year publishing activities began: 2010

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (2); paraprofessional staff (3.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2016:

Library publications in 2016: monographs (5); technical/research reports (75); student conference papers and proceedings (27); ETDs (250); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (105)

Number of open access titles: journals (2); monographs (7)

Number of paid titles: journals (0); monographs (0)

Number of hybrid titles: journals (0); monographs (0)

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

Disciplinary specialties: Urban Studies and Planning; Environmental Science; Engineering and Computer Science; Physics; Education

Top publications: Brew to Bikes: Portland's Artisan Economy (open access book); PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal (student journal); Anthos (student journal), Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (open access textbook)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: University Honors College, McNair Scholars Program, Graduate School, Environmental Science and Management department, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Civil and Environmental Engineering

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata dataset management author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; image services; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Strengthen existing library publishing partnerships; and expand our publishing of original research and scholarship, with a particular focus on textbook publishing and research data.
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