Texas Tech University

University Libraries

Scholarly Communication Team
United States

Primary Contact:
Camille Thomas
Scholarly Communication Librarian

Program Overview

This team is responsible for investigating and assessing the TTU community for current opinions relating to scholarly communication, particularly open access, and copyright related towards teaching and research. Assist the Scholarly Communications Librarian to prepare materials to develop and deliver programming to raise understanding of internal and external faculty and staff with issues relating to scholarly communication and copyright. Creates plan, policies and promotion of and for scholarly communication needs of the campus.

Year publishing activities began: 2005

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (10); undergraduate (3)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (25); charitable contributions/Friends of the Library organizations (5); grants (10); sales revenue (50); licensing revenue (10)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): 4

Open access focus (1–5): 3

Advisory/editorial board: Y

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018: campus-based faculty-driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (3); monographs (25)

Library publications in 2018: campus-based faculty-driven journals (1); faculty conference papers and proceedings (280); newsletters (1); ETDs (850); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (250); TTU Press distributes historic photo note card sets, photo prints, concert DVD and calendar for the Libraries & Southwest Collection/ Special Collections

Number of open access titles: journals (3)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties: music; medical; archives and preservation; Texas history

Top publications: 6666: Portrait of a Texas Ranch (monograph); Texas Quilts and Quiltmakers (monograph); Roadrunner (monograph); Winning 42 (monograph); Great Lonely Places of the Texas Plains (monograph)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100%

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

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

External partners: Vernacular Music Center Society; Joseph Conrad Society

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; OJS; OMP; locally developed software

Digital preservation strategy: HathiTrust; in-house; TTU Press' various printers also house their digital files

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); print-on-demand; typesetting; copy-editing; marketing; outreach; training; cataloging; metadata; compiling indexes and/or TOCs; ISSN registry; ISBN registry; applying for Cataloging in Publication Data; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; peer review management; budget preparation; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Developing a hybrid medical journal (Texas Rural Health), establishing a low-cost imprint for educational resources at TTU Press
New open access journal to feature: Cefiro: Journal of Hispanic Culture and Literature. It is a graduate journal that publishes academic critiques and creative works. It has been a print publication in TTU's Modern Languages and Literature department since 2000. The editors decided to flip to an open access model using in 2017. View All Entries