The Ozarks Studies Institute at Missouri State University

Duane G. Meyer Library

Academic Library · United States

Ozarks Studies Institute

Rachel Kersey, Managing Editor-Writer
Phone: 417-836-3164

Program Overview

The Ozarks Studies Institute, an initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries, seeks to preserve the heritage of the Ozarks, its culture, environment and history by fostering a comprehensive knowledge of Ozarks' peoples, places, characteristics and dynamics. The Institute promotes a sense of place for residents and visitors alike and serves as an educational resource by collecting existing and discovering new knowledge about the Ozarks and by providing access to that knowledge.
  • Publishing activities began: 1987
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 2 - Early
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Some
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 5
  • Individual people: 5
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Charitable contributions, Endowment income, Library materials budget, Library operating budget, Non-library campus budget, Sales revenue

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 1
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 1
  • Contracted by external groups: 1
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 3


Top Publications:
  • OzarksWatch Magazine (magazine)
  • Ozarks Book Series (books)
  • eJournal of Public Affairs (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • History
  • Ecology
  • Religion
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and culture


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty, Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners but only if in our disciplinary specialty
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: monographs on Ozarks history/ecology/culture/art/anthropology/religion, scholarly articles, essays, book reviews
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • images
  • text
  • video
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • locally developed software
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Developmental and/or substantive editing
  • analytics
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • audio/video streaming
  • budget preparation
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • image services
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • In-house


Additional Information

Last Year:
The library hired a managing editor to oversee the publication of the magazine, books, and eJournal as opposed to contracting for outside workers or interior staff members to do this job in addition to their other responsibilities.
Future Plans:
A new editorial board is being assembled.