University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky Libraries

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 students’, faculty’s, and researchers’ access 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. Using state-of-the-art technologies, we are able to offer campus constituents sought-after services in different stages of the scholarly communication lifecycle to help them thrive and succeed. We also inform them of scholarly communication issues such as open access, author rights, open licensing, article-level metrics, researcher identity management, and the economics of scholarly 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: professional staff (1); paraprofessional staff (1); student assistant (0.25)

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 2017: 58

Library publications in 2017: campus-based faculty-driven journals (2); campus-based student-driven journals (2); technical/research reports (355); faculty conference papers and proceedings (38); ETDs (530); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (8); graduate capstone projects (102); image galleries (2); textbooks (5)

Number of open access titles: journals (4)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; video; podcast

Disciplinary specialties: cardiology; Hispanic studies; public health; social theory; transportation engineering

Top publications: Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research (journal); The VAD Journal: Journal of Mechanical Assisted Circulation and Heart Failure (journal); disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory (journal); Nomenclatura: Aproximaciones a los estudios hispánicos (journal); Kentucky Transportation Center Research Report (research report)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments and research centers; individual faculty; graduate students

External partners: N.A.

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy: Digital Preservation Network

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

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: UK Libraries will continue to strengthen existing library publishing partnerships, bring more campus constituents on board, and build upon our current library publishing services. We will pursue 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. We will also assist UK-based print journals to create their online presence and extend their reach beyond academia. Through partnerships with UK researchers, we will explore data publishing. Last but not least, we will continue to advocate open access and open licensing as well as inform the UK community of new scholarly communication practices such as article-level metrics, open peer review, and researcher identity management. We look forward to UKnowledge being the primary online publishing avenue for UK-based research and scholarship.
Over 1,100 monographs published by the University Press of Kentucky are freely available to the current faculty, students, and staff of the University of Kentucky via UKnowledge. View All Entries