University of California System

California Digital Library

Access and Publishing Group
United States

Primary Contact:
Catherine Mitchell
Director, Access and Publishing Group

Program Overview

eScholarship provides a suite of open access, scholarly publishing services and research tools that enable departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship.

Year publishing activities began: 2002

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (5)

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 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (28); student-driven journals (31); monographs (159); technical/research reports (18607); faculty conference papers and proceedings (967); student conference papers and proceedings (35); ETDs (5354); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (35)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

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Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: law; Romance languages/classics; environmental studies; architecture/urban planning; linguistics/literary studies

Top publications: “Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines” (technical/ research report); Dermatology Online Journal (journal); Journal of Transnational American Studies (journal); Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (journal); The Traffic in Praise: Pindar and the Poetics of Social Economy (monograph)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 90

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: Public Knowledge Project; 10 UC Campus Libraries; PubMed; BioMed Central

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

Digital preservation strategy: UC3 Merritt

Additional services: outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; DOI assignment/ allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; peer review management; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Identify opportunities to support new modes of research by investigating the needs of digital humanities scholars; explore to what extent altmetrics and commenting/annotation provide utility to researchers in different disciplines by experimenting with the provision of related tools and technologies; improve the quality of eScholarship journals by providing baseline standards and guidance regarding best practices for OA publications; empower eScholarship contributors to better understand and manage their copyright and publishing choices; improve the ability of eScholarship research units to more robustly interact with eScholarship by completing an administrative interface project (begun in 2012–13) that provides them with expanded capabilities to control their publication environment within eScholarship; continue to build relationships with and contribute to the broader digital library publishing community via our major development partnership with the Public Knowledge Project; develop and formalize user community engagement processes for Access and Publishing services in order to leverage super-user knowledge/ practices, better align development priorities with user needs, raise awareness of new features/development agenda, work more directly with campus contacts and increase outreach opportunities to new users.
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