Purdue University Libraries

Purdue University Libraries and School of Information

Academic Library · United States

Library Publishing Unit

Nina Collins, Scholarly Publishing Specialist
Email: nkcollin@purdue.edu

Program Overview

To enhance the impact of Purdue scholarship by delivering high-value open information products aligned with the University’s strengths; to continue to explore new models and new partnerships; to advocate for open access, and to advance the creation, communication, and discovery of new knowledge.
  • Publishing activities began: 2006
  • 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: Services distributed across library units/departments
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 1.75
  • Individual people: 3
  • Students: Graduate student(s)

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Databases
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 11
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 6
  • Contracted by external groups: 5
  • Peer-reviewed: 11
  • Currently inactive or archived: 6


Top Publications:
  • JTRP Technical Reports (technical reports)
  • Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (journal)
  • Purdue Road School (conference proceedings)
  • Herrick Laboratories Conferences (conference papers)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • STEM Education


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
    Purdue University Research Repository (PURR) publishes data sets. We collaborate on publishing projects that have associated published data sets.
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    Our publishing units do not interact with the Graduate School Thesis Office. Libraries harvests metadata from their repository to make it discoverable in the library catalog.
  • 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
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)

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
  • audio/video streaming
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon S3
  • MetaArchive
  • Portico