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 is a digital repository for the research and scholarly output of members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst community, administered by the UMass Amherst Libraries. It is a way for UMass Amherst scholars to organize, store, and preserve research in a single unified location. It can accommodate virtually any publication, presentation, or production in electronic format, including journal articles, conference materials, books, theses and dissertations, educational materials, datasets, working papers, and image, video, and audio files. These 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 (4); paraprofessional staff (1); undergraduates (3)

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 2016:

Library publications in 2016: campus-based faculty driven journals (5); campus-based student driven journals (2); 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: journals (8); monographs (6); conferences (4)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text, images, video, data, tables and graphs, maps, embedded streaming media

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: 75

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners: American Council for Medicinally Active Plants; International Dose-Response Society; Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; Tourism Travel and Research Association; USBI Biochar

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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