University of Iowa

University of Iowa Libraries

Digital Research & 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: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (0.45); paraprofessional staff (0.5)

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

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based faculty-driven journals (6); campus-based student-driven journals (3); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (1); technical/research reports (10); faculty conference papers and proceedings (36); newsletters (1); databases (1); ETDs (514); We will publish other content for faculty; including supplemental content to published items; and sometimes work on extensive projects with them. This is extremely variable by year.

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Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; data; audio, video and data can supplement journals; short video series for our special collections department

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications: Walt Whitman Quarterly Review; Medieval Feminist Forum; Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies; Poroi; Proceedings of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 8

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; locally developed software

Digital preservation strategy: Archive-It; LOCKSS; Portico; in-house

Additional services: graphic design (print or web) copy-editing training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registry DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; 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. Working with Graduate College to have ETDs submitted to IR by students.
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