University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

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, provides a platform for the distribution of content such as ETDs; capstone projects; scholarly output of academic departments, research centers, and institutes, and faculty work. Materials published include online journals, conference proceedings, open education curriculum materials, multimedia objects, and data sets. Services include training and consultation for journal editors, education regarding copyright and licenses, advocacy and consultation for author rights, and data management plans. ScholarWorks provides permanent location and URLs for supplementary content for scholarly publications such as monographs and articles. These value-added services enhance the professional visibility for faculty and researchers and provide excellent search and retrieval facilities and broader dissemination.

Year publishing activities began: 2006

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (2); paraprofessional staff (2); undergraduates (2)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (30); library operating budget (70)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based faculty-driven journals (7); campus-based student-driven journals (3); monographs (6); textbooks (3); technical/research reports (1000); faculty conference papers and proceedings (4); newsletters (2); databases (1); ETDs (4000)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

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Media formats: text; images; video; data; concept maps, modeling, maps, or other visualizations

Disciplinary specialties: Anthropology; Communication; Cultural Studies; Botany; Statistics

Top publications: "How to Do Case Study Research"; The Fish Passage; Landscapes of Violence; Communication +1; Journal of Medicinally Active Plants

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; undergraduate students

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons); Eprints, Fedora

Digital preservation strategy: CLOCKSS; LOCKSS

Additional services: print-on-demand; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; metadata; ISSN registry; open URL support; peer review management; business model development; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: In the future UMass Amherst Libraries plans to collaborate with the University of Massachusetts Press to provide complete solutions for published scholarly work in both print and electronic formats. Topics to address include provision of joint editorial and production services. Content includes materials from the Open Education Initiative (OEI), which has saved students over $1 million in textbook costs and has resulted in innovative learning materials. A focus area for the upcoming year is outreach and expansion of services to the research centers and institutions on campus, so as to better serve and represent the strengths of UMass Amherst. Longer term goals include capturing undergraduate research, particularly for the Honors College and outstanding departmental projects.
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