University of Manchester

University of Manchester Library

Research Services
United Kingdom

Primary Contact:
Helen Dobson
44 (0)161 275 8729

Program Overview

The University of Manchester Library’s publishing program has been developed to support the creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge. Our mission is to (i) sustain and enhance the research reputations of individuals and organizations affiliated with the University of Manchester; (ii) enhance the global research community’s ability to access the University of Manchester’s research outputs and Special Collections; (iii) produce high quality learning objects to support academic and personal development. Current publishing activities cover a range of materials, with an emphasis on open access content: (i) PhD theses, technical reports and conference papers are published through the institutional repository, Pure; (ii) learning objects are shared via My Research Essentials and My Learning Essentials webpages; (iii) image collections are made available via Luna Insight. The Library works in partnership with Manchester University Press to support the development of new journals.

Year publishing activities began: 2009

Organization: services are distributed across campus

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (4); paraprofessional staff (8)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (80); library materials budget (5); grants (5); sales revenue (5); charge backs (5)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2017: journals (1)

Library publications in 2017: technical/research reports (56); ETDs (469); data objects; learning objects (37); digital images (69,946)

Number of open access titles: journals (1)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; data; multimedia/interactive content

Disciplinary specialties: arts and humanities; social sciences; medical and human sciences; life sciences; physical and engineering sciences

Top publications: The James Baldwin Review (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 1

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: individual faculty; campus departments or programs

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): Fedora, Luna, Pure

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; ISBN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; dataset management; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; image services; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: The Library is keen to develop new services and enhance existing services with new technologies to continue to meet the needs and expectations of the University of Manchester and the wider research community. The Library works in partnership with Manchester University Press, facilitating the development of new open access journals from proposals approved by senior faculty research staff and providing online training materials on the publication process.
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