University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Scholarly Communication & Data Services

Andrea Wirth, Scholarly Communication Librarian

Program Overview

The mission of Digital Scholarship@UNLV is to capture, preserve, and share the intellectual output of UNLV faculty, staff, students, and collaborations with other stakeholders.
  • Publishing activities began: 2009
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Some

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across campus
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 2
  • Individual people: 4
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget; Non-library campus budget; Author fees

Publishing Activities

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

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 8
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 7
  • Campus-based student-created: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 8
  • Required fee to enable Open Access: 2
  • Currently inactive or archived: 6


Top Publications:
  • Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones (ETD collection)
  • UNLV Retrospective Theses and Dissertations (ETD collection)
  • UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal (journal)
  • Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice (journal)
  • Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Health disparities
  • Gaming research
  • Hospitality
  • Education


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; Individual faculty; Graduate students; Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
    We collaborate with Special Collections on Archives, as needed, when we are approached about a collection that may be more appropriate for that division of the library (and vice versa).
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    We provide the platform on which departments, colleges, and administrative units can publish journals and conference proceedings.
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Only work with internal partners
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

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

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • analytics
  • audio/video streaming
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • open URL support
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Amazon S3
  • In-house
  • Portico


Additional Information

Last Year:
We have discontinued our brief support for hosting data.
Future Plans:
We expect to increase our support for student-produced research and release a new collection development policy in 2023 that reflects this and accessibility requirements more clearly. We are actively pursuing a project to review and improve the accessibility of our video and audio content this year.
Other Information:
The journals we host are entirely run by academic and administrative units and some are supported by bepress publishing services, which provide many of the services listed above. For all the hosted journals, the library provides the platform only and offers advice as needed on setting policy and the system features. The staffing numbers reported in this survey do not take into account the staff that the academic units may be using to support their journal operations (editors, copyeditors, APC management, etc.)