University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Libraries

Open Scholarship & Publishing Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Emma Molls
Publishing Services Librarian

Program Overview

University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing Services is here to support our affiliates’ creation of scholarly publications. We provide consultations about general publishing questions, and we publish a number of journals, books, dynamic scholarly serials, and textbooks through our University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing imprint. Our core principles are:
-We believe the Libraries serves as a critical, central resource for publishing expertise on campus and our essential services should be offered without charge.
-We support scholars by contributing quality, scholarly works to the public commons through open access publishing.
-We practice transparent production processes in order to promote critical understanding of the publishing landscape’s range of production and economic models.
-We support intellectual freedom by keeping the means of production in the hands of scholars.
-We seek to create partnerships on campus and beyond, to help shape the future of scholarly publishing.
-We support innovative publications and scholarly experimentation grounded in widely-used standards and time-proven practices.
-We believe that the scholarly ecosystem works best when creators retain their copyright.
-We leverage replicable and scalable tools and services to support the economic sustainability of common publishing activities on campus.
-We work to decrease the cost of higher education for students through the production and integration of open content into course curriculum.

Year publishing activities began: 2014

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (4); paraprofessional staff (1)

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

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): Established

Open access focus (1–5): Completely

Advisory/editorial board: Y

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018: 22

Library publications in 2018: campus based faculty-driven journals (8); campus based student-driven journals (7); faculty conference papers and proceedings (1); monographs (4); textbooks (2);

Number of open access titles: journals (15); monographs (4)

Number of paid titles: journals (0); monographs (0)

Number of hybrid titles: journals (0); monographs (0)

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

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications: INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy (journal); Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place & Community (journal); #ImmigrationSyllabus (teaching resource); International Journal of Partnership Studies (journal); Linear Regression Using R: An Introduction to Data Modeling (open textbook);

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 0.5

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

Internal partners: campus departments, programs or colleges; individual faculty members, undergraduates, graduates

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): PKP OJS3; Wordpress; Pressbooks; bepress (Digital Commons)

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

Additional services: print­-on-­demand; outreach; training; analytics: cataloging; metadata; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registry; ISBN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; dataset management; peer review management; budget preparation; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Working under a revised memorandum of agreement that supports partnerships with external organizations, University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing will begin offering publishing services to nonprofit societies and professional associations with an initial University of Minnesota affiliate involvement. Exploration of a print on demand service offerings. Further work to include faculty participation in the strategic planning for our Publishing Services. Increased emphasis on programming for supporting authors and editors on our campus. Increased marketing and promotion of our services.
In 2017, University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing successfully implemented a standard call for proposals and proposal review process. View All Entries