The University of Texas at Arlington

UTA Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Open Partnerships and Services

Leah McCurdy, Director of Open Partnerships and Services

Program Overview

  • Publishing activities began: 2013
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English, Spanish

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across library units/departments
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 6
  • Individual people: 6
  • Students: Graduate student(s), Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Charitable contributions, Grants, Library materials budget, Library operating budget, Non-library campus budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Journals
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 8
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 6
  • Campus-based student-created: 2
  • Peer-reviewed: 2
  • Currently inactive or archived: 2


Top Publications:
  • Applied Fluid Mechanics Lab Manual (OER)
  • Global Insight: A Journal of Critical Human Science and Culture (journal)
  • Properties and Behaviors of Soil (OER)
  • Foundations of Social Work Research (OER)
  • Tout un Monde: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Intermediate French (OER)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Engineering
  • Biology
  • International relations/global studies
  • Social work
  • Nursing and medical humanities


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty, Graduate students, 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: Open to working with any external partner
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • data
  • multimedia
  • text
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • Dataverse
  • DSpace
  • OJS
  • Pressbooks

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • compiling indexes and/or TOCs
  • copyediting
  • data visualization
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • image services
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Amazon S3
  • Preservica


Additional Information

Future Plans:
We are seeking a hosted platform for DSpace or other to reduce the internal tech support needs for our institutional repository, open access journals, and digital projects with publication outcomes.
Other Information:
This survey focused on journal publishing but we think OER publishing is incredibly important so we want to include that info here: - 26 of OERs published to date - 6 OERS published in 2022 - 7 OERs in the works for 2023