University of Pittsburgh

University Library System

Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing
United States

Primary Contact:
Timothy S. Deliyannides
Director, Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing

Program Overview

The University Library System, University of Pittsburgh offers a full range of publishing services for a variety of content types, specializing in scholarly journals and subject-based open access repositories. Because we are committed to helping research communities share knowledge and ideas through open and responsible collaboration, we subsidize the costs of electronic publishing and provide incentives to promote open access to scholarly research. Our program promotes open access journal publishing at a very low cost; eliminates the high cost of print journal publication and distribution; allows easy collaboration among authors, editors, and reviewers regardless of location; enhances the visibility, searchability, and navigation of publications; and incorporates innovative and sustainable technologies to speed and facilitate scholarly publishing. We are seeking partners around the world who share our commitment to open access to scholarly research information.

Year publishing activities began: 1999

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (4.5); graduate students (0.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (75); non-library campus budget (5); charge backs (20)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (10); student-driven journals (10); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (14); monographs (209); technical/research reports (4587); faculty conference papers and proceedings (273); ETDs (565); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (25); government documents (2340); unpublished article manuscripts (308)

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

Disciplinary specialties: Latin American studies; European studies; history and philosophy of science; law; health sciences

Top publications: Revista Iberoamericana (journal); University of Pittsburgh Law Review (journal); International Journal of Telerehabilitation (journal); Archive of European Integration (digital collection); PhilSci-Archive (preprints)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 95

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: American Forensic Association; Brunel University; Consortium of Indonesian Universities–Pittsburgh (KPTIP); Fonds Ricoeur; Grupo Biblios: International Network of the Development of Library and Information Science; Institute for Linguistic Evidence; Institute of Integrative Omics and Applied Biotechnology; Institute of Public Health, Bangalore, India; Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana; Kadir Has University; LAPS/ENSP Oswaldo Cruz Foundation; Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT); Pennsylvania Library Association; Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française; Society for Ricoeur Studies; TALE: The Association for Linguistic Evidence; University of Chapeco, Department of Anthropology; University of Kingston Centre for Modern European Philosophy

Publishing platform(s): Eprints; Fedora; Islandora; WordPress; locally developed software

Digital preservation strategy: discoverygarden; HathiTrust; LOCKSS; in-house

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; compiling indexes and/or TOCs; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registration; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; dataset management; business model development; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

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