University of Cincinnati

Langsam Library

Academic · Cincinnati OH

University of Cincinnati Press

Elizabeth Scarpelli, Director

Program Overview

The University of Cincinnati Press is committed to publishing rigorous, peer-reviewed, leading scholarship accessibly to stimulate dialog between the academy, public intellectuals and lay practitioners. The Press endeavors to erase disciplinary boundaries in order to cast fresh light on common problems in our global community through new modes of scholarly publishing that shrink the distance between author and reader and expand the traditional published book dynamically to cast a real-time, interactive lens on the written word in a stable environment.
  • Publishing activities began: 2017
  • Stage of publishing efforts: Early
  • Open access focus: Very important
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Some
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3.8
  • Individual people: 5
  • Students: Graduate; Undergraduate
  • Funding sources: Charge backs; charitable contributions; Grants; Non-library campus budget; Sales revenue

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Educational resources
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia


Top Publications:
  • Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Strategies for Teaching (monograph)
  • Jim Crow Sociology: The Black and Social Roots of American Sociology (monograph)
  • Bicycling Through Paradise: Historic Tours Around Cincinnati (monograph)
  • Social Media, Social Justice and the Political Economy of Online Networks (monograph)
  • Surviving the America’s: Garifuna Persistence from Nicaragua to New York City (monograph)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Social justice studies
  • Equity studies
  • Higher education
  • Ethnic studies
  • Regional studies


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments: Individual faculty; Graduate students and 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 external partners in our disciplinary specialty
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: monographs, edited collections from any discipline in social justice and equity studies, greater Cincinnati area books in all subjects, scholarly and regional authors authors looking for multimedia embedding, scholarly and regional authors looking to publish in open access, scholarly and regional authors look
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • concept maps or other visualizations
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Manifold
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • Pressbooks
  • Samvera (including Hyku
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Developmental and/or substantive editing
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • budget preparation
  • business model development
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Digital preservation services under discussion
  • In-house
  • Portico


Other Policies:
We follow the accessibility and DEI policies of the university

Additional Information

Last Year:
development of OER content and APC grant program
Other Information:
We are a teaching press with approximately a 3:1 student to FTE ratio. We have had approximately 20 student undergraduate and graduate workers all of whom have graduated with full-time work in publishing, communications, and graduate school regardless of major. We believe we have a 100% FTE post-college success ratio. We are a Coop 2.0 work site with the university. We have won 6 regional and national prizes in the last three years based on 25 books published. 100% of our books are peer reviewed.