University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries

Scholarly Communications ;
United States

Primary Contact:
Paul Royster
Coordinator of Scholarly Communications

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 2017:

Library publications in 2017: campus-based faculty-driven journals (8); campus-based student-driven journals (3); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (8); monographs (13); faculty conference papers and proceedings (2); student conference papers and proceedings (4); newsletters (12); ETDs (1000); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (50)

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Number of paid titles:

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

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

Top publications: Per Axel Rydberg’s Botanical Collecting Trips to Western Nebraska in 1890 and 1891 (monograph); The North American Grouse: Their Biology and Behavior (monograph); Penelope’s Daughters (monograph); Estudios en Biodiversidad, Volumen I (monograph); “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” (sermon)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 75

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: individual faculty

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; 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: Hope to expand staff and titles by 25 to 50 percent in next 1 to 2 years.
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