University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University Library

Scholarly Communications and Publishing
United States

Primary Contact:
Aaron McCollough
Head, Scholarly Communications and Publishing

Program Overview

The University of Illinois Scholarly Communications and Publishing Unit is an essential part of the library’s long-standing efforts in offering scholarly preservation, dissemination, and access solutions to faculty and students at the University and beyond. In partnership with other campus units, including the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the University of Illinois Press, and others, the unit is currently in the process of developing high-quality scholarly publishing venues in addition to its suite of scholarly communications training and consulting services. We were established to help student and faculty researchers navigate all of the key functions of the publishing process. We are responsible for rights, permissions, and contracts consultations, institutional repository management, as well as journal, book, and multimodal scholarly publication development and support.

Year publishing activities began: 2010

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (4.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (66); non-library campus budget (2); endowment income (22); grants (10)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2017:

Library publications in 2017: campus-based student-driven journals (5); ETDs (2,200); exhibition catalogs

Number of open access titles: journals (5)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video

Disciplinary specialties: literary criticism; ethnography; agriculture, consumer, and environmental sciences; social work

Top publications:

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 80

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): CONTENTdm; DSpace; OJS

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: outreach; training; cataloging; metadata; ISSN registry; peer review management; author copyright advisory; digitization

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: "Journal, monographic, and “digital scholarship” publishing activities (as well as consultation around all three of these) scaling up in coming months."
Recipient, along with 3 other campus units, of a $1M Mellon Grant (Publishing Without Walls) to customize and deploy workflows and a light-weight toolchain of existing digital publishing software for use in libraries. View All Entries