University of Massachusetts Amherst

Academic Library · United States

Scholarly Communication

Erin Jerome, Library Publishing & Institutional Repository Librarian
Phone: 413-545-2174

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. ScholarWorks provides UMass Amherst scholars with a means of publishing, disseminating, and preserving their research in a single unified location. These services enhance the professional visibility for faculty and researchers through broader dissemination of their work.
  • Publishing activities began: 2006
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most
  • Publishing Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Irish/Gaelic, Russian, Catalan, French, Kaingang, Chikashshanompa’

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 2
  • Individual people: 2
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 9
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 7
  • Campus-based student-created: 2
  • Peer-reviewed: 9
  • Required fee to enable Open Access: 1
  • Currently inactive or archived: 5
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 1
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 42


Top Publications:
  • Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation (Journal)
  • UMass Amherst Theses & Dissertations (ETDs)
  • Travel and Tourism Research Association (Conference Proceedings)
  • Center for International Education Master's Capstones (ETDs)
  • Journal of Hospitality Financial Management (Journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Language and literature
  • Environmental conservation
  • Travel and tourism


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; Individual faculty; Graduate students; Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    We support the creation of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for open access publications that the University of Massachusetts Amherst Press publishes through Manifold. The Press is exploring the possibility of offering authors the option of having their out-of-print titles posted in our repository as open access monographs.
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g., local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)
  • Pressbooks

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • peer review management
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Digital preservation services under discussion