University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University Library

Scholarly Communication and Publishing
United States

Primary Contact:
Harriett Green
Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing, and Scholarly Communication and Publishing Librarian

Program Overview

The University of Illinois Library’s Scholarly Communication 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 of Illinois and beyond. In partnership with other campus units, including the iSchool, Office of Undergraduate Research, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the University of Illinois Press, and others, the Scholarly Communication and Publishing unit develops high-quality scholarly publishing services in addition to its suite of scholarly communications training and consulting services. The unit aims to educate student and faculty researchers on resources for effective scholarly communications and navigate all of the key functions of the publishing process. We are responsible for authors’ 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): (3) Developmental stage

Open access focus (1–5): (5) Completely

Advisory/editorial board: Y

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018: 1 e-book; 2 digital publications (Scalar)

Library publications in 2018: campus-based student-driven journals (7); ETDs (1399); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (14); exhibition catalogs

Number of open access titles: journals (5); monographs (2)

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: Claude Monet: The Water-Lilies (e-book)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 80

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

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

External partners: New Media Caucus

Publishing platform(s): CONTENTdm; DSpace; OJS; Scalar; Omeka; Pressbooks; Commons in a Box; CommentPress

Digital preservation strategy: Amazon Glacier; HathiTrust; in-house; Digital Preservation Services

Additional services: outreach; training; cataloging; metadata; ISSN registry; peer review management; author copyright advisory; other authors advisory; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; contract/license management

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Finalized research study on scholarly needs for digital publishing; Journal, monographic, and “digital scholarship” publishing; production of Library Publishing Curriculum materials on policy for library publishing; expanded author consultations
Recipient, along with 3 other campus units, of a $1M Mellon Foundation 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