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 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, data sets, working papers, data sets, 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); undergraduates (3)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2017: Supplements to University of Massachusetts press titles (3)

Library publications in 2017: campus-based faculty-driven journals (6); campus-based student-driven journals (1); textbooks (1); technical/research reports (640); faculty conference papers and proceedings (4); newsletters (2); databases (1); ETDs (1630)

Number of open access titles: journals (7)

Number of paid titles: journals (2)

Number of hybrid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties: anthropology; communication; cultural studies; economics; hospitality & tourism

Top publications: How to Do Case Study Research (monograph); Dissertations collection (ETD); Masters theses collection (ETD); Journal of Medicinally Active Plants (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 95

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: Office of Research; Academic Departments; Graduate School; Information Technology

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; HathiTrust; LOCKSS

Additional services: print-on-demand; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; metadata; ISBN or ISSN registry; DOI assignment; open URL support; dataset management and data management plans;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: 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. We are also exploring the use of PressBooks through the OTN membership. Topics to address with both of these solutions include provision of joint editorial and production services. Content includes materials from the Open Education Initiative (OEI), which has saved students over $1.5 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. Another focus area is the implementation of the UMass Amherst's Open Access Policy along with associated workflows and training materials. Longer term goals include capturing undergraduate research, particularly for the Honors College and outstanding departmental projects.
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