University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries

Scholarly Communications ;
United States

Primary Contact:
Paul Royster
Coordinator of Scholarly Communications
402 472-3628

Program Overview

Zea E-Books is the digital and on-demand imprint of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Its mission is to publish academic works (books, journals, multimedia) by scholars who are either affiliated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or are working in research areas of significant interest at UNL. Zea E-Books was founded in the fall semester of 2010 and is a natural outgrowth of the successful UNL DigitalCommons institutional repository (, an enterprise that had already been publishing electronic books for five years.

Year publishing activities began: 2005

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (3); undergraduate students (3)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (99); sales revenue (1)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based faculty-driven journals (8); campus-based student-driven journals (3); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (8); monographs (9); technical/research reports (3000); faculty conference papers and proceedings (2); student conference papers and proceedings (4); newsletters (12); ETDs (1000); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (50);

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties: ornithology; entomology; honors program administration; library science; tractors

Top publications: Nebraska Tractor Tests; Library Philosophy & Practice; Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God; We survived … At last I speak; The Constitutions of the Free-Masons

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 75

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: individual faculty

External partners: Center for Systematic Entomology National Collegiate Honors Council Nebraska Academy of Sciences Nebraska Ornithologists Union Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management Lester A. Larson Tractor and Power Museum USDA National Wildlife Research Center

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy:

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); print-on-demand; typesetting; copy-editing; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; compiling indexes and/or TOCs; ISSN registry; ISBN registry peer review management contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; image services; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Addition of a new staff member should allow for further expansion of publishing program and reduction of production schedule times.
View All Entries