University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky Libraries

Department of Digital Scholarship
United States

Primary Contact:
Adrian K. Ho
Director of Digital Scholarship

Program Overview

The University of Kentucky (UK) Libraries launched an institutional repository (UKnowledge) in late 2010 to champion the integration and transformation of scholarly communication within the UK community. The initiative sought to improve access by students, faculty, and researchers to appropriate resources for maximizing the dissemination of their research and scholarship in an open and digital environment. A crucial component of UKnowledge is providing publishing services to broadly disseminate scholarship created or sponsored by the UK community. We provide a flexible platform to publish a variety of scholarly content and to expand the discoverability of the published works. Additionally, we are establishing a separate digital repository for the long-term preservation of the published content and research datasets. Using state-of-the-art technologies, we are able to offer campus constituents sought-after services in different stages of the scholarly communication life cycle to help them thrive and succeed. We also inform them of scholarly communication issues such as open access, author rights, and the economics of journal publishing. Providing library publishing services is one avenue through which we are making significant contributions to the fulfillment of UK’s mission.

Year publishing activities began: 2010

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (2)

Funding sources (%): library materials budget (99); charge backs (1)

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 (2); student-driven journals (2); technical/research reports (9); faculty conference papers and proceedings (4); newsletters (1); ETDs (2040); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (6); image galleries/virtual exhibits (10)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images

Disciplinary specialties: higher education; Hispanic studies; public health; undergraduate research (multidisciplinary)

Top publications: Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice (journal); Nomenclatura: Aproximaciones a Los Estudios Hispánicos (journal); Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research (journal); Kaleidoscope: The University of Kentucky Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 75

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registration; open URL support; peer review management; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Strengthening existing library publishing partnerships; bringing more campus constituents on board; building upon our current library publishing services (e.g., partnering with the UK Graduate School to complete the integration of our library publishing services into the workflow as they implement an electronic thesis and dissertation mandate); pursuing additional opportunities to collaborate with various campus units in support of undergraduate research as we celebrate UK students’ academic achievements by making them visible and accessible worldwide; assisting UK-based print journals to create their online presence and extend their reach beyond academia; exploring data publishing in partnership with UK researchers; continuing to advocate open access and open licensing as well as inform the UK community of new scholarly communication practices such as alternative metrics, open peer review, and researcher identity management; making UKnowledge the primary online publishing avenue for UK-based research and scholarship.
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