University of Massachusetts Amherst

W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Office of Scholarly Communication
United States

Primary Contact:
Marilyn S. Billings
Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian

Program Overview

ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst, an open access digital repository service, was established in 2006 to provide a digital showcase of the unique research and scholarly outputs of members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst community. It provides a platform for the distribution of content such as electronic dissertations, master’s theses, and capstone projects as well as scholarly output of academic departments, research centers, and institutes. ScholarWorks provides a wide variety of scholarly publishing services including: online journal publishing and conference management system; collaboration with scholarly presses to provide permanent location and URLsfor supplementary content for scholarly monographs, texts, and other scholarly materials. ScholarWorks provides many services for research support that can be used in conjunction with grant applications, which now require applicants to detail how the results of the funded research will be showcased and disseminated. The ScholarWorks service can be included as part of the overall data management strategy for research results, reports, new journal services, conference proceedings, etc. These value-added services enhance the professional visibility for faculty and researchers and provide excellent search and retrieval facilities and broader dissemination as well as increased use of materials through services such as Google Scholar and other Internet search engines.

Year publishing activities began: 2006

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (2.5); undergraduate students (0.5)

Funding sources (%): library materials budget (20); library operating budget (70); non-library campus budget (10)

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 (7); student-driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (5); monographs (8); textbooks; (2); technical/research reports (1000); faculty conference papers and proceedings (100); newsletters (2); ETDs (3200); graduate student capstones and practicums

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: anthropology; engineering; community engagement; nursing; hospitality and tourism

Top publications: “How To Do Case Study Research” (technical report); “The Impact of Language Barrier & Cultural Differences on Restaurant Experiences: A Grounded Theory Approach” (conference proceedings); “Theme Park Development Costs: Initial Investment Cost Per First Year Attendee” (conference proceedings); “The Form of the Preludes to Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suites” (thesis); “Ratio Analysis for the Hospitality Industry: A Cross Sector Comparison of Financial Trends in the Lodging, Restaurant, Airline and Amusement Sectors” (journal article)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

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); EPrints; Fedora

Digital preservation strategy: LOCKSS; in-house; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; ISSN registration; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; peer review management; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Exploring additional publication services in collaboration with other groups on campus (copy-editing, proofing, graphic design, referral services); engaging in more extensive collaboration with the Office of Research on data management, intellectual property/copyright; and expanding into capturing undergraduate student work/projects.
We are looking into the possibilities of coordinating more closely with our University Press on a variety of services. They have expertise but not the additional time to assist with the types of publishing services faculty are starting to ask for, such as copy-editing, proofing. We are also members of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). View All Entries