University of Leicester

University of Leicester Library

Academic Library · United Kingdom

Research Services

William Farrell, Research Services Consultant
Phone: (44) 116-252-2018

Program Overview

University of Leicester Open Journals publishes open access journals and working papers. Run by the library, we publish peer-reviewed academic research in museum studies; physics; education; Middle Eastern studies; media and communication; and interdisciplinary topics. Our primary purpose is to support publications associated with the university, but we work with external organizations too. We are committed to open access publishing.
  • Publishing activities began: 2015
  • 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): 1
  • Individual people: 1
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Grey literature
  • Journals

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 6
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 5
  • Campus-based student-created: 3
  • Peer-reviewed: 6
  • Currently inactive or archived: 1


Top Publications:
  • Museum and Society (journal)
  • New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences (journal)
  • LIAS Working Paper Series (working paper series)
  • for(e)dialogue (journal)
  • Physics Special Topics (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Museum Studies
  • Physical sciences
  • Higher education and pedagogy
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Media and communications


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; Graduate students; Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
  • 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, conference proceedings, and working papers with connection to University of Leicester research and teaching
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • figshare
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • PubPub

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • PKP