University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University Library

Scholarly Communication and Publishing

Daniel Tracy, Head, Scholarly Communication and Publishing
Phone: 217-300-8439

Program Overview

Scholarly Communication and Publishing develops innovative, sustainable structures for the development of digital scholarship and broad dissemination and enduring preservation of the scholarly conversation, towards the goal of ensuring that the benefits of scholarship accrue to everyone. We provide expertise on copyright, authors’ rights, digital humanities, online scholarly identities, and open access publishing to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois. Our press, the Illinois Open Publishing Network, publishes scholarly work across the disciplines and seeks to lower the cost of producing, disseminating, and preserving high-quality educational and scholarly publications through optimized use of resources.

  • Publishing Activities Began: 2010
  • Location: United States
  • Languages published: English
  • Organization: services distributed across campus
  • Stage (1-3): 2 - Early
  • Stage Comments:
  • Open Access Focus (1-5): 5 - Completely
  • Program Advisory/Editorial Board: Yes
  • Peer Reviewed Journals: 100%
  • Journals that assess article processing charges: 20%
Staffing (in Full Time Equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 4.5
  • Graduate students: 1
Funding Sources for Publishing Activities:
  • Library Operating Budget: 80%
  • Endowment Income: 5%
  • Grants: 15%

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, campus-based student-created; journals, contracted by external groups; journals, inactive back-issues; monographs; newsletters; technical/research reports; undergraduate capstones/honors theses.

  2020 Open Access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty
Conference papers and proceedings, student
Datasets 106 106
Educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules)
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) 1358 588
Journals, campus-based faculty-created 1 1
Journals, campus-based student-created 2 2
Journals, contracted by external groups 3 3
Journals, inactive back-issues
Monographs 3 3
Technical/Research Reports
Undergraduate Capstones/Honors Theses 30 30

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.


Top Publications:
  • Lost in the City: An Exploration of Edward P. Jones's Short Fiction (book)
  • Love and Suspense in Paris Noir: Navigating the Seamy World of Jake Lamar's Rendezvous Eighteenth (book)
  • Illinois 150: The 21st Century Research University and the Public Good (book)
  • Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus (journal)
  • SourceLab (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • African-American studies
  • literature
  • media studies
  • history
  • library and information science


Internal Partners: campus departments or programs

Openness to working with external partners: Work with any external partner for long-form works; work with external partners with ties to institution (i.e. advisory board member) for journals

Best publications to refer to our program: Multimodal (text plus multimedia) publications; open textbooks; companion websites for traditional text monographs; publications fitting the Pressbooks, Omeka S, and Scalar platforms.

Part of a consortium that provides support for publishing? no

Work with a university press? yes
  • University Press Partners: University of Illinois Press
Administer a university press? yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • concept maps or other visualizations
  • data
  • images
  • modeling
  • multimedia/interactive content
  • text
  • video
Softwares & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • OJS
  • OMP
  • Omeka
  • Pressbooks
  • Scalar
  • locally developed software

Additional Services:
  • analytics
  • author advisory – copyright
  • author advisory – other
  • cataloging
  • copyediting
  • dataset management
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • marketing
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Digital preservation services under discussion
  • HathiTrust
  • In-house
Service Vendors: Freelancers;; Crossref; Bowker

Additional Information

Other Information:
Additional press partner: Open Humanities Press.
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