Portland State University

Portland State University Library

Digital Initiatives Unit
United States

Primary Contact:
Karen Bjork
Head of Digital Initiatives

Program Overview

Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication services supports new models of scholarly communications, copyright services, the showcasing of PSU’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 (http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/). Publishing initiatives include graduate and undergraduate student journals and open access textbooks. 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 2017:

Library publications in 2017: campus-based student-driven journals (2); monographs (5); technical/research reports (75); student conference papers and proceedings (50); ETDs (250); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (115)

Number of open access titles: journals (2); monographs (5)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties: urban studies and planning; environmental science; engineering and computer science; mathematics; biology

Top publications: Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (book); PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal (journal); "Social Media and Self: Influences on the Formation of Identity and Understanding of Self through Social Networking Sites" (undergraduate honors thesis); Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice: An Introduction to GIS (book)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: Ooligan Press (teaching press staffed by students pursuing master’s degrees in the Department of English at PSU), University Honors College, McNair Scholars Program, Graduate School, Environmental Science and Management, 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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