University of Houston Libraries

M.D. Anderson Library

Digital Research Services

Taylor Davis-Van Atta, Director, Digital Research Commons
Phone: 713-743-6390

Program Overview

University of Houston Libraries provides a growing suite of open publishing services and solutions for a wide range of student and faculty scholarly works, born-digital exhibits, open educational resources, and bespoke digital research projects and outputs.

  • Publishing Activities Began: 2010
  • Location: United States
  • Languages published: English
  • Organization: services distributed across library units/departments
  • Stage (1-3): 3 - Established
  • Stage Comments:
  • Open Access Focus (1-5): 4 - Very Important
  • Program Advisory/Editorial Board: No
  • Peer Reviewed Journals: 100%
Staffing (in Full Time Equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 2
  • Paraprofessional staff: 1
  • Graduate students: 1
  • Undergraduates: 3
Funding Sources for Publishing Activities:
  • Library Operating Budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: conference papers and proceedings, faculty; conference papers and proceedings, student; datasets; educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules); electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, inactive back-issues; monographs; technical/research reports; undergraduate capstones/honors theses.

  2020 Open Access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty 300 300
Conference papers and proceedings, student 350 350
Datasets 8 6
Educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules) 25 12
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) 600 400
Journals, campus-based faculty-created 3 3
Journals, campus-based student-created
Journals, contracted by external groups
Journals, inactive back-issues 3 3
Monographs 1 1
Technical/Research Reports 6 6
Undergraduate Capstones/Honors Theses 74 68

2020: New publications from July 2019 to June 2020. Journals include titles actively publishing during the date range. Other publication types include items that were published or added to repositories for the first time within the date range.

OA/Paid/Hybrid: Publications currently published and/or available online. OA (open access) publications do not include counts for hybrid publications. Hybrid publications are those that offer a combination of both open access and pay-access content.


Internal Partners: campus departments or programs

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)

Part of a consortium that provides support for publishing? yes
  • Name of consortium: Texas Digital Library
  • Type of support: Texas Digital Library provides hosting for our open repositories (institutional and data) and OJS3-run journals.
Work with a university press? no

Administer a university press? no

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • concept maps or other visualizations
  • data
  • images
  • text
  • video
Softwares & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • Dataverse
  • Fedora
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • Pressbooks
  • WordPress
  • locally developed software

Additional Services:
  • audio/video streaming
  • author advisory – copyright
  • budget preparation
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • data visualization
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • outreach
  • peer review management
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Archivematica
  • HathiTrust
  • In-house

Additional Information

Plans for Expansion & Future Directions:
UH Libraries is building its capacity to host, maintain, and preserve "living" digital research projects and interactive web-based publications; expanding its Alternative Textbook Incentive/OER Program; and establishing an in-house open monograph production workflow.
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