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. We strive to promote scholarly publishing at a very low cost; allow easy collaboration among authors, editors, and reviewers regardless of location; and enhance the visibility, discoverability, and navigation of our publications. We actively develop and employ innovative and sustainable technologies to accelerate knowledge production, measure the impact of our research publications, and demonstrate return on investment. We are seeking partners around the world who share our commitment to open access to scholarly research information. Our skilled staff will help you turn your ideas into reality to produce an online academic journal of the highest quality at very low cost. To learn more, visit

Year publishing activities began: 1999

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (4); paraprofessional staff (0.5); graduate students (0.5); undergraduate students (0.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (75); charge backs (25)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2016: N/A

Library publications in 2016: campus-based faculty driven journals (11); campus-based student driven journals (9); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (17); monographs (7); technical/research reports (2530); faculty conference papers and proceedings (250); ETDs (640); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (109); government documents (10,199); unpublished manuscripts (381)

Number of open access titles: journals (34); monographs (2)

Number of paid titles: journals (3); monographs (0)

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

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; concept maps, modeling, maps, or other 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); Archive of European Integration (document repository); PhilSci-Archive (preprint repository); International Journal of Telerehabilitation (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students; University of Pittsburgh Press

External partners: American Forensic Association; American Hungarian Educators Association; American Sociological Association: Political Economy of the World-System Section; Association for Anthropology and Gerontology; Brunel University; European Union Studies Association; Fonds Ricoeur; Grupo Biblios; Institute for Linguistic Evidence; Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University; Institute of Integrative Omics and Applied Biotechnology ; Institute of Public Health, Bangalore, India; Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana; International Network of the Development of Library and Information Science; Kadir Has University; Konsorsium Perguruan Tinggi Indonesia–Pittsburgh (KPTIP); LAPS/ENSP Oswaldo Cruz Foundation LAPS; Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT); Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan; Pennsylvania Library Association, College and Research Division; 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; OJS; Wordpress; locally developed software; OMP (Open Monograph Press)

Digital preservation strategy: discoverygarden; HathiTrust; LOCKSS Alliance; PKP Private LOCKSS Network; in-house

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); print-on-demand; typesetting; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; compiling indexes and/or TOCs; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registry; ISBN registry; applying for Cataloging in Publication Data; 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; article level metrics (traditional and altmetrics)

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Through our development partnership with Plum Analytics, we offer traditional and alternative metrics at the article level through PlumX for all our journals and repositories.
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