University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Publishing Services Team

Emma Molls, Publishing Librarian

Program Overview

Our Publishing Services align with the University’s land-grant mission of "promoting access to higher education and collaborating to advance knowledge benefiting communities, the state, and world." Publishing Services supports our affiliates' creation of scholarly publications. We provide consultations about general publishing questions; and publish journals, books, dynamic scholarly serials, and textbooks through our University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing imprint.
  • Publishing activities began: 2014
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English; Spanish; Russian; Portuguese; German

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across library units/departments
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3.5
  • Individual people: 5
  • Funding sources: Charge backs/cost sharing; Library materials budget; Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Educational resources
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Journals
  • Monographs

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 25
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 10
  • Campus-based student-created: 12
  • Contracted by external groups: 3
  • Peer-reviewed: 12
  • Currently inactive or archived: 4
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 2
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 3


Top Publications:
  • The Science of Plants (textbook)
  • Journal of Social Equity and Public Administration (journal)
  • Panorama (journal)
  • Innovations in Pharmacy (journal)
  • A arte de Brasília: 2000-2019 (monograph)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Law
  • Humanities
  • Public health
  • Agriculture


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; Individual faculty
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
  • 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)
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: Society journals that do not have a formal publisher
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • Manifold
  • OJS
  • Pressbooks
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • budget preparation
  • business model development
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • PKP
  • Portico


Adopted Policies:
Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Additional Information

Last Year:
Expansion and formalization of our OER program
Future Plans:
Continue to grow our open textbook and society journal publications