Purdue University

Purdue University Libraries

Purdue Scholarly Publishing Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Charles Watkinson
Head, Scholarly Publishing Services

Program Overview

Purdue Scholarly Publishing Services focuses on supporting the publication efforts of various centers and departments within the Purdue system. The primary publishing platform used is Purdue e-Pubs (www.purdue. edu/epubs), and the majority of products created are openly accessible, free- of-charge, to readers. Open access is made possible by the financial support of partners, foundations, and Purdue University Libraries. Major initiatives include the production of the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research, the publication of technical reports on behalf of the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP), and the project management of HABRI Central, a major bibliographic reference database for researchers in the area of human-animal bond studies, produced in partnership with the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. Purdue Scholarly Publishing Services and Purdue University Press, which publishes more formal books and journals, together constitute the publishing division of Purdue Libraries. Our diverse publishing activities are supported by a single group of staff members with assistance from undergraduate and graduate students. By harnessing the skills of both librarians and publishers, and leveraging a common infrastructure, we believe we can better serve the needs of scholars in the digital age and enhance the impact of Purdue scholarship by developing information products aligned with the University’s strengths.

Year publishing activities began: 2006

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (4.5); graduate students (0.75); undergraduate students (2.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (50); non-library campus budget (10); grants (15); sales revenue (3); licensing (3); charge backs (19)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (11); student-driven journals (3); monographs (1); textbooks; (3); technical/research reports (28); faculty conference papers and proceedings (5); ETDs (1063); undergraduate capstone/ honors theses (5); HABRI Central (an information hub for human-animal bond studies built on the HUBzero platform for scientific collaboration); the Data Curation Profiles Directory

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Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; multimedia/interactive content

Disciplinary specialties: engineering (civil engineering); education (STEM); library and information science; public policy; comparative literature

Top publications: Joint Transportation Research Program Technical Reports (technical reports); JPUR: Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (journal); HABRI Central (website); CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture (journal); Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners: Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT); HABRI Foundation; Charleston Conference/Against the Grain Press; International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL)

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons); HUBzero

Digital preservation strategy: CLOCKSS; Portico; MetaArchive

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); typesetting; copy-editing; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; compiling indexes and/or TOCs; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registration; DOI assignment/ allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; peer review management; business model development; budget preparation; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming; developmental editing; project management

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Working to expand the number of centers and departments we serve on campus, particularly in the area of conference proceedings and technical reports; creating better linkages between publications and materials in Purdue’s data and archival repositories; developing better capacity to handle multimedia and “new form” publications; developing a clearer sustainability plan across the Libraries Publishing Division that balances earned revenue with internal support.
Data publication is handled by the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), which is a collaborative project of the Libraries, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), and the Office of the Vice President for Research. We have classified all open access journals as being products of Scholarly Publishing Services because of the types of workflow adopted, but five of these use the Purdue University Press imprint. View All Entries