University of New Mexico

College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences

Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication
Twitter: @UNM_DISC
United States

Primary Contact:
Kevin Comerford
Director of Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication

Program Overview

The UNM University Libraries is dedicated to providing an online venue for student theses and dissertations; and also a resource for hosting open access research publications related to subjects that concern the university academic community.

Year publishing activities began: 2009

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (1); paraprofessional staff (2); graduate students (5); undergraduates (2)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (50); endowment income (25); charitable contributions/Friends of the Library organizations (25)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): 4

Open access focus (1–5): 4- Primarily

Advisory/editorial board: Not presently, it is under discussion to create an editorial board.

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018: Rough estimate, 129

Library publications in 2018: campus-based faculty-driven journals (7); campus-based student-driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (6); faculty conference papers and proceedings (20); student conference papers and proceedings (3); ETDs (212); ornithology archiving service (SORA) articles (1000)

Number of open access titles: journals (12)

Number of paid titles: journals (2)

Number of hybrid titles: journals (4)

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

Disciplinary specialties: Southwest studies; Southwest history; ornithology

Top publications: New Mexico Historical Review (journal); Searchable Ornithological Research Archive; Historical Geography (journal); Wagon Tracks (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed:

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

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

External partners: For the SORA repository, we work with around 30 Ornithological societies and publishers

Publishing platform(s):

Digital preservation strategy: DPN & LibSafe (by LibNova)

Additional services:

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Plans to develop more Open Educational Resources, plans to better integrate UNM Press and Libraries publishing efforts
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