University of Central Florida

John C. Hitt Library

Academic Library · United States

Digital Initiatives

Lee Dotson, Interim Department Head, Technology Solutions and Digital Initiatives

Program Overview

The UCF Libraries provides publishing support for a wide range of digital scholarship, data, honors theses, graduate ETDs, and UCF affiliated or UCF faculty-edited open access e-journals. Efforts to support broader dissemination of scholarship include enabling access to a wide audience through freely accessible databases and administering the STARS institutional repository hosted on the Digital Commons platform.
  • Publishing activities began: 2004
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: One priority among many
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across library units/departments
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 2.5
  • Individual people: 3
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Databases
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 7
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 5
  • Campus-based student-created: 2
  • Peer-reviewed: 5
  • Currently inactive or archived: 6


Top Publications:
  • Graduate Theses and Dissertations
  • Honors Undergraduate Theses
  • Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research (journal)
  • University catalogs (text)
  • Harrison "Buzz" Price Papers (archival content)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • History
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Hospitality management


  • 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: Yes
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g., local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: content affiliated with the University of Central Florida; historical content for central Florida
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • analytics
  • audio/video streaming
  • digitization
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • metadata
  • open URL support
  • peer review management
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon S3


Additional Information

Future Plans:
Additional focus for compliance with university policy for digital accessibility