University of Florida

George A. Smathers Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Digital Partnerships & Strategies

Perry Collins, Interim Chair, Digital Partnerships & Strategies; Editor-in-Chief, Library Press@UF

Program Overview

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida engage in library publishing as a collaborative endeavor. The Libraries publish scholarly, educational, and creative works, with an emphasis on promoting public access to scholarship and ethical practices in scholarly publishing. The Libraries’ publishing initiatives complement the work of the University of Florida Press (UF Press) to collectively contribute to the shared missions of the Libraries, Press, and UF.
  • Publishing activities began: 2006
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across campus
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3.25
  • Individual people: 5
  • Students: Graduate student(s); Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Endowment income; Grants; Library operating budget; Non-library campus budget

Publishing Activities

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

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 18
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 10
  • Campus-based student-created: 2
  • Contracted by external groups: 6
  • Peer-reviewed: 18
  • Required fee to enable Open Access: 2
  • Currently inactive or archived: 4
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 3
  • Peer-reviewed: 2


Top Publications:
  • B is for Baldwin: An Alphabet Tour of the Baldwin Library (monograph)
  • Fight for Rights: The Chicago 1919 Riots and the Struggle for Black Justice (monograph)
  • SOURCE: The Magazine of the University of Florida Libraries (print and OA journal)
  • New Florida Journal of Anthropology (OA journal)
  • African American Studies: 50 Years at the University of Florida (monograph)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Caribbean studies
  • Children's literature
  • Agriculture
  • Entomology
  • African studies


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; Individual faculty; Graduate student; Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    LibraryPress@UF is an imprint of the libraries and the University of Florida Press. Libraries staff manage editorial responsibilities, design, and publishing platform management and hosting. We work with UF Press on production, dissemination, and marketing, as well as broader knowledge exchange around academic publishing.
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners but only if in our disciplinary specialty
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: Works in Caribbean studies across formats
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • locally developed software
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • Pressbooks
  • PubPub
  • Scalar
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • Developmental and/or substantive editing
  • DOI distribution
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • copyediting
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • image services
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • PKP
  • Digital preservation services under discussion
  • In-house


Adopted Policies:
Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication