University of Houston

M.D. Anderson Library

Academic Library · United States

Research Services Department

Taylor Davis-Van Atta, Head of Research Services

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, research data and databases, born-digital exhibits, open educational resources, and bespoke and web-based research projects and outputs.
  • Publishing activities began: 2010
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most
  • Publishing Languages: English, Spanish

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across library units/departments
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 4
  • Individual people: 6
  • Students: Graduate student(s); 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
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 4
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 3
  • Campus-based student-created: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 4
  • Currently inactive or archived: 2
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 1
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 4
  • Peer-reviewed Open Educational Resources: 1


  • 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
    Arte Publico Press/US Latino Digital Humanities program. The Libraries works with this group on shared publishing infrastructure for digital humanities projects/outputs.
  • 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: n/a
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • modeling
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • Dataverse
  • DSpace
  • locally developed software
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • Pressbooks
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • budget preparation
  • data visualization
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Archivematica
  • HathiTrust
  • In-house


Adopted Policies:
OER terms of service adapted from the Fort Hays State University Digital Press Terms of Service

Additional Information

Last Year:
UH Libraries partnered with university research administration to introduce expanded centralized hosting infrastructure and support for public/digital humanities scholarship. Additionally, the Libraries launched the OER Creation Program, in partnership with the Rebus Community Textbook Success Program, to provide professional development and financial support for faculty to create high-quality OER that will be used as required course material in a UH course or program and that fills a gap in existing OER content.
Future Plans:
The Libraries will continue expanding its custom cloud hosting infrastructure for public and digital humanities research.