Texas A&M University

Texas A&M Universities Libraries

Office of Scholarly Commmunications
United States

Primary Contact:
Bruce Herbert

Program Overview

Digital technologies are prompting significant change and opportunities in scholarly communications including the roles of commercial publishers, copyright, fair use, rankings of journals, and peer review. This presents exciting opportunities for research libraries to work with faculty to influence and promote positive change in the access to scholarly research, author/faculty rights, decreased costs and enhanced use of the scholarly corpus through data/textual manipulation and analysis. The Office of Scholarly Communication serves TAMU scholars through the provision of modern, web-based publishing and repository services. We seek to (i) strengthen scholarly communications, open access, and the creation and dissemination of knowledge, (ii) advance access to TAMU scholarship represented by journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports, research data, educational resources and digitized special collections through the Texas A&M Digital Repository, and (iii) identify trends and opportunities in scholarly communications and open access. We seek to bring about systemic change on campus through the design of coordinated and innovative programs that rely on an effective partnership with the campus and libraries communities and use an iterative design process that draws from the best practices of program design and organizational change frameworks.

Year publishing activities began: 2004

Organization: services are distributed across campus

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (6)

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 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based faculty-driven journals (5); campus-based student-driven journals (1); textbooks (1); technical/research reports (100); faculty conference papers and proceedings (3); newsletters (2); ETDs (2439); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (50)

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Number of paid titles:

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Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; concept maps, modeling, maps, or other visualizations; multimedia/interactive content

Disciplinary specialties: Engineering; Agriculture; Science; Humanities

Top publications:

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 0

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; OJS; Wordpress

Digital preservation strategy: DPN; HathiTrust

Additional services: metadata applying for Cataloging in Publication Data; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; author copyright advisory; digitization

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We are exploring options to enhance the publication and access of Texas A&M's grey literature, especially reports developed by major TAMU Center's and Institutions.
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