University of Iowa

University of Iowa Libraries

Digital Research and Publishing
United States

Primary Contact:
Wendy Robertson
Digital Scholarship Librarian

Program Overview

Digital Research and Publishing explores ways that academic libraries can best leverage digital collections, resources, and expertise to support faculty and student scholars by: collaborating on interdisciplinary scholarship built upon digital collections; offering publishing services to support sustainable scholarly communication; engaging the community through participatory digital initiatives; promoting widespread use and reuse of locally built repositories and archives; and advancing new technologies that support digital research and publishing.

Year publishing activities began: 2009

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (1.5); graduate students (0.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (6); student-driven journals (2); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (1); technical/ research reports (9); faculty conference papers and proceedings (1); newsletters (1); ETDs (530)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications: Walt Whitman Quarterly Review (journal); Medieval Feminist Forum (journal); Proceedings in Obstetrics & Gynecology (journal); Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies (journal); Poroi (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 90

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons); CONTENTdm; WordPress

Digital preservation strategy: Archive-It; LOCKSS; in-house; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: cataloging; metadata; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registration; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; peer review management; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Working on adding additional services, such as DOIs, HTML versions of articles, and possibly some formatting of content; assessing campus needs for datasets.
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