University of Cambridge

Cambridge University Library

Office of Scholarly Communication;;
United Kingdom

Primary Contact:
Dr Danny Kingsley
Head, Office of Scholarly Communication
44 01223 747 437

Program Overview

The publishing activities of Cambridge University Library have two main objectives: 1. to make the research undertaken within the University of Cambridge accessible to the research community and the public, including theses, data, discussion papers and other grey literature produced by the University
2. to digitise and make available the Library’s unique or rare material (from medieval manuscripts to the personal archives of individual scholars) in partnership with researchers to increase access to and understanding of our special collections and preserve them for future generations

Year publishing activities began: 2004

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (9); paraprofessional staff (9)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (50); grants (35); sales revenue (10); licensing revenue (5)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2017: The Digital Library publishes approximately 10,000 digitised items from our special collections

Library publications in 2017: campus-based faculty-driven journals (2); monographs (1); technical/research reports (3); faculty conference papers and proceedings (10); newsletters (1); databases (460); ETDs (1521)

Number of open access titles: journals (2)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications: Darwin Correspondence Project; Newton Papers; Cairo Genizah Collection; exhibition items; Cambridge University PhD theses (theses)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed:

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: British Library; National Maritime Museum; Darwin Correspondence Project; Darwin Manuscripts Project; Needham Research Institute; Newton Project (Oxford); Genizah Project; Lute Society; many individual researchers and research groups, nationally and internationally

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; Wordpress; locally developed software

Digital preservation strategy: Digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: outreach; training; cataloging; metadata; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; dataset management; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; image services; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We are working closely with Cambridge University Press to develop academic-led publishing options for our community. A recent upgrade of the repository will allow a wider array of publication options for our community through the repository.
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