University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Zea Books

Paul Royster, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications
Phone: 402-617-0028

Program Overview

Zea Books is the digital 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 Books was founded in 2008. It is a natural outgrowth of the successful UNL DigitalCommons institutional repository (, an enterprise that has been publishing electronic books since its inception in 2005. The imprint helps foster the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s commitment to the future of scholarly communications.
  • Publishing activities began: 2005
  • Open access focus: One priority among many
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3
  • Individual people: 3
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 100
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 7
  • Campus-based student-created: 3
  • Peer-reviewed: 10
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 30
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 30


Top Publications:
  • Library Philosophy and Practice (journal)
  • Constitutions of the Free-Masons (monograph)
  • Resilient Russian Women in the 1920s & 1930s (monograph)
  • Manter: Journal of Parasite Biodiversity (journal)
  • Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Entomology
  • Textiles
  • Ornithology
  • Parasitology
  • Educational leadership


  • Internal partners:  Individual faculty; Graduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    We sometimes provide online platform and archiving for preservation.
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: "Shovel-ready" projects of research or pedagogical interest
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • images
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • compiling indexes and/or TOCs
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • image services
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • In-house