University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University Library

Academic Library · United States

Scholarly Communication and Publishing

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

Program Overview

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. The library also publishes data sets through the Illinois Data Bank and content including newsletters, proceedings, and more in our institutional repository, IDEALS.
  • Publishing activities began: 2010
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 2 - Early
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across campus
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 4.5
  • Individual people: 8
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Endowment income; Grants; Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Newsletters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 11
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 3
  • Campus-based student-created: 4
  • Contracted by external groups: 4
  • Peer-reviewed: 11
  • Required fee to enable Open Access: 1
  • Currently inactive or archived: 6
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 1
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 1


Top Publications:
  • Instruction in Libraries and Information Centers (textbook)
  • ВИВЛIОθИКА: E-Journal of Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies (journal)
  • Claude Monet: The Water-Lilies and Other Writings on Art (translated biography)
  • The Journal of Anime and Manga Studies (journal)
  • Drug Use and Misuse: A Community Health Perspective (textbook)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Black studies
  • History
  • Library and information Science
  • Media and arts
  • Literature


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    We are collaborating with our university press to publish a digital project that will parallel a forthcoming print title they have in progress.
  • 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: 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 which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • locally developed software
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • OMP
  • Pressbooks
  • Scalar

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • analytics
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • copyediting
  • data visualization
  • dataset management
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Archive-It
  • In-house


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