University of Iowa

University of Iowa Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio

Mark Anderson, Digital Scholarship & Collections Librarian
Phone: 319-335-5685

Program Overview

The Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio collaborates with faculty and students on the digital design, implementation, and circulation of their research. Subscribing to a show more, tell less approach where digital scholarship is concerned, the Studio embraces scholarly creativity and encourages interdisciplinary research and multi-platform circulation. In this manner, the Studio helps scholars tailor the presentation and application of their research to a variety of audiences.
  • Publishing activities began: 2009
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 4
  • Individual people: 4
  • Students: Graduate student(s); Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library materials budget; Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 8
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 4
  • Campus-based student-created: 3
  • Contracted by external groups: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 6
  • Currently inactive or archived: 27


Top Publications:
  • Walt Whitman Quarterly Review (journal)
  • The Annals of Iowa (journal)
  • Proceedings in Obstetrics and Gynecology (journal)
  • Marilyn Zurmuehlen Working Papers in Art Education (journal)
  • Proceedings of the 7th International Digital Human Modeling Symposium (conference proceedings)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • History
  • Art and literature
  • Rhetoric
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Education


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; Individual faculty; Graduate students; Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
    OpenHawks is a campus-wide grant program, administered by the University of Iowa Libraries, that funds instructor efforts to replace their current textbooks with open educational resources (OER) for enhanced student success. The program is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students who teach for-credit courses at the University of Iowa.
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    The University of Iowa Press is a separate publishing entity at the University of Iowa. The Press reports to the Graduate College and is a member of the Association of American University Presses and Green Press Initiative.
  • 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: Journals wishing to use the Janeway publishing platorm; OER monographs in PressBooks.
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • images
  • text
  • video
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • Islandora
  • Janeway
  • Omeka
  • Pressbooks
  • WordPress

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
  • digitization
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Amazon S3
  • Archive-It
  • In-house