University of North Texas

University Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Scholarly Publishing Services

John Edward Martin, Director of Scholarly Communication
Phone: 940-565-3980

Program Overview

The UNT Libraries Scholarly Publishing Services, in coordination with staff from elsewhere in the UNT Libraries and UNT Press, helps members of the UNT community disseminate the results of their research.
  • Publishing activities began: 2009
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: Mostly English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across library units/departments
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 0.5
  • Individual people: 1
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget; Non-library campus budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Journals
  • Monographs

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 2
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 2
  • Peer-reviewed: 1
  • Currently inactive or archived: 1
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 10
  • Peer-reviewed Open Educational Resources: 1


Top Publications:
  • North Texas Journal of Undergraduate Research (journal)
  • Foundations of the Information and Knowledge Professions (open textbook)
  • Quantitative Analysis in Exercise and Sport Science (open textbook)
  • Applied Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice (open textbook)
  • Empirical Legal Research Services (open textbook)


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty, Graduate students, Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
    We have a collaborative open textbook program with the University of North Texas Press, which provides low-cost printed versions of selected textbooks and provides peer review and copyediting services for those books. A free online version of the text is also made available through the libraries' Pressbooks platform. The Press may also refer UNT authors of manuscripts not selected by the Press for publication to our Scholarly Publishing Services.
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g., local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: At present, only publications with at least one author or editor currently affiliated with UNT
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • Pressbooks
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • cataloging
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • image services
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • open URL support
  • outreach
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • In-house


Additional Information

Last Year:
Because of available institutional funding, we have focused our efforts on OER and open textbook publishing by providing small stipends to UNT faculty authors and providing platforms for publication of these materials. We have largely moved away from print publications except through our collaborative work with the UNT Press.
Future Plans:
We hope to expand the availability of open journals through our OJS platform and encourage the use of our Pressbooks platform for open monographs, pedagogical materials, or other projects by UNT authors. We are also working with our Digital Libraries unit to provide more options for the hosting of OER materials.
Other Information:
Our UNT Open Books site can be found at: The Catalog page includes links to all of our published open textbooks. UNT Hosted Journals can be found at: