University of Illinois at Chicago

University Library

Assessment and Scholarly Communication

Sandra De Groote, Head, Assessment & Scholarly Communication
Phone: 312-413-9494

Program Overview

The objective/mission of the UIC University Library publishing program is to advance scholarly knowledge in a cost-effective manner.

  • Publishing activities began: 2007
  • Location: United States
  • Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Stage of publishing efforts (1-3): 3 - Established
  • Stage comments:
  • Open access focus (1-5): 4 - Very Important
  • Program advisory/editorial board: No
  • Peer reviewed journals: 80%
Staffing (in full-time equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 1.5
  • Graduate students: 0.5
Funding sources for publishing activities:
  • Library operating budget: 70%
  • Chargebacks: 30%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: conference papers and proceedings, faculty; datasets; educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules); electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, campus-based student-created; journals, contracted by external groups.

  2021 Open access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty
Conference papers and proceedings, student
Datasets 4
Educational resources (e.g., textbooks, course modules)
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) 424
Journals, campus-based faculty-created
Journals, campus-based student-created
Journals, contracted by external groups 6 6
Journals, inactive back issues
Technical/research reports
Undergraduate capstones/honors theses

2021: New publications from July 2020 to June 2021. 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.


Top publications:
  • First Monday (journal)
  • Online Journal of Public Health Informatics (journal)
  • Uncommon Culture (journal)
Disciplinary specialties:
  • information science
  • public health
  • social science


Internal partners: individual faculty

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?

Work with a university press?

Administer a university press?

Technologies & Services

Media formats:
  • audio
  • concept maps or other visualizations
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia/interactive content
  • video
Softwares & platforms:
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • Scalar
  • figshare
  • Domain of One's Own

Additional services:
  • author advisory – copyright
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital preservation strategy:
  • HathiTrust