University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Libraries

Open Scholarship & Publishing Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Kate McCready
Director of Content Serivces

Program Overview

The University of Minnesota Libraries Open Scholarship & Publishing Services unit provides support to the University of Minnesota’s faculty, staff and students in publishing their scholarly and academic works. Broadly, we at the University of Minnesota Libraries aim to lead collective action to bring about a sustainable economic model for disseminating knowledge resources.
The University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing imprint is produced by the Open Scholarship & Publishing Services unit which is part of the Content Services Department. Content Services includes interlibrary loan and document delivery services, copyright information and permissions services, and also includes our publishing services. Open Scholarship & Publishing Services provides a unique collection of services that relate directly to the needs of scholarly and academic content:
– The Copyright Information Services provides education and consultation services on copyright, licensing and other intellectual property issues for the campus community.
– Copyright Permissions Services handles the rights management work for content reuse by our faculty, staff, and students.
– Publishing Services supports the creation, production and dissemination of the University’s faculty and instructor produced digital scholarship.

Through the implementation and promotion of sustainable services for publishing for scholarly, academic, and creative works for the University of Minnesota’s campus community, we hope to engage authors and editors in dialog about scholarly communications, and new models of producing scholarship.

Year publishing activities began: 2014

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (3); paraprofessional staff (1)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (75); library materials budget (25)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2017:

Library publications in 2017: campus based faculty-driven journals (9); faculty conference papers and proceedings (1); monographs (1); textbooks (30)

Number of open access titles: journals (9); monographs (1)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications:

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 50

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments, programs or colleges; individual faculty members and affiliated scholars

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons); Wordpress

Digital preservation strategy: CLOCKSS; DuraCloud; HathiTrust; Portico; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: outreach; training; notification of A&I sources; dataset management; author copyright advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Beginning in Fall 2016, the University of Minnesota Libraries' Publishing Services plans to fully market our services and proposal process. While promoting our service offerings we will continue to refine our processes for program improvements and better alignment with other scholarly communication service offerings within the Libraries (e.g., eLearning/OER support, data management & curation services, digital library services, content hosting services, media services, etc.). We also intend to create an inventory of our campus' publishing activities to identify and help support our campus' needs.
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