University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries

Office of Scholarly Communications
United States

Primary Contact:
Paul Royster
Coordinator of Scholarly Communications

Program Overview

Zea Books is the digital and on-demand publishing operation 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 Books provides an innovative way for faculty to promote and disseminate their scholarly research. The imprint also helps foster the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s commitment to the future of scholarly communications.

Year publishing activities began: 2005

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (0.4); undergraduates (0.1)

Funding sources (%): library oeprating budget (98); sales revenue (2)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2016:

Library publications in 2016: campus-based faculty driven journals (6); campus-based student driven journals (3); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (3); monographs (8); technical/research reports (25); faculty conference papers and proceedings (1); student conference papers and proceedings (2); newsletters (6); ETDs (400); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (40)

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Number of paid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties: ornithology; parasitology; Holocaust studies; entomology; horticulture

Top publications: Loris Malaguzzi and the Teachers: Dialogues on Collaboration and Conflict among Children, Reggio Emilia 1990; At Home and at Large in the Great Plains: Essays and Memories; Historical Common Names of Great Plains Plants (2 vols.); Syntagma Musicum II: De Organographia, Parts III – V with Index; Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners: Nebraska Academy of Sciences; Center for Systemic Entomology; National Collegiate Honors Council, Nebraska Ornithologists Union

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy:

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

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Hope to expand staff and titles by 25% to 50% in next 1-2 years.
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