University of North Texas

University Libraries

Scholarly Publishing Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Kevin S. Hawkins
Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication

Program Overview

The UNT Libraries provide services to help members of the UNT community disseminate the results of their research. We provide information related to scholarly communication, an institutional repository (UNT Scholarly Works), a for-fee publishing imprint for works of scholarship from the UNT community, and a free service to host journals connected to UNT. We also support members of the UNT community in their publishing endeavors through our Editors’ Roundtable and through individual consultations about publishing projects. Finally, we promote open educational resources as a participant in the Open Textbook Network.

Year publishing activities began: 2009

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (0.98); paraprofessional staff (0.66); graduate students (0.13); undergraduates (1.4)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (93%); non-library campus budget (6%); charge backs (1%)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): 4

Open access focus (1–5): 4

Advisory/editorial board: N

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018: 19

Library publications in 2018: campus-based student-driven journals (1); monographs (6); ETDs (719)

Number of open access titles: journals (1); monographs (5)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles: journals (0); monographs (1)

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications: Social Circumstance and Aesthetic Achievement: Contextual Studies in Richard Wright’s Native Son (monograph); The Eagle Feather (journal); Economics: From the Dismal Science to the Moral Science: The Moral Economics of Kendall P. Cochran (gedenkeschrift); From Wright Field,Ohio, to Hokkaido, Japan: General Curtis E. LeMay's Letters to His Wife Helen, 1941–1945 (monograph); Near-Death Experiences While Drowning: Dying Is Not the End of Consciousness! (monograph)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

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

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

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): OJS; Locally developed software

Digital preservation strategy: Archive-It, LOCKSS, MetaArchive, Inhouse

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); print-on-demand; typesetting; copy-editing; analytics; cataloging; metadata; compiling indexes and/or TOCs; ISSN registry; ISBN registry; ISBN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; peer review management; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We are in the process of relaunching our journal hosting service, moving from a for-fee to free model and hoping that OJS version 3 will be more intuitive for users than version 2. By the end of 2017 we also expect to complete a multiyear project to digitized and catalog past theses and dissertations, which has occupied up to 1.5 FTE.
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