University of California

California Digital Library

California Digital Library,
United States

Primary Contact:
Catherine Mitchell
Director, Access and Publishing

Program Overview

The CDL Publishing team provides open access digital publication services to the University of California academic community, supports widespread distribution of UC research materials, and fosters new models of scholarly publishing through the development and application of advanced technologies. The CDL’s suite of publication services includes a system-wide digital publications platform as well as tools to support the UC Open Access Policy. All of these services are a part of UC’s broader effort to ensure a sustainable scholarly publishing system in the service of the University’s research and teaching enterprise.

Year publishing activities began: 2002

Organization: At the CDL, the publishing activities are centered in the Access & Publishing group. However, other publishing activities occur across the UC system, some of which use eScholarship, but not all.

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 (43); campus-based student-driven journals (25); monographs (190); technical/research reports (20926); faculty conference papers and proceedings (154); student conference papers and proceedings (96); ETDs (9804); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (176); eScholarship is also the repository for UC faculty postprints; of which we currently have 24;138.

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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; ; We display PDF (rendered as an image), but can accept any format of file as a supplemental file and allow end users to download it. We stream audio and video.

Disciplinary specialties: eScholarship has no particular domain focus. We support the entire range of academic inquiry, from established disciplines to newly emerging fields.

Top publications: Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines.; California Classical Studies (Book Series); Western Journal of Emergency Medicine; California Agriculture; Dermatology Online Journal

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: UC Press

Publishing platform(s): OJS; locally developed software; XTF

Digital preservation strategy: UC3 Merritt

Additional services: print-on-demand training; analytics; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registry DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; open URL support; author copyright advisory hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We are currently integrating the eScholarship publishing platform with a publication harvesting system from Symplectic Elements, in order to support UC faculty in their efforts to comply with their Open Access Policy. Harvested and claimed items will have an authorized article made available in eScholarship. In addition, we are exploring new strategies for digital-first monograph publishing and are conducting research with UC based digital humanists to get a better understanding of their research and publishing needs and how we might support them.
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