University of South Florida

Tampa Library

Academic Resources
United States

Primary Contact:
Rebel Cummings-Sauls
Library Operations Coordinator

Program Overview

The USF Tampa Library strives to develop and encourage research collaboration and initiatives throughout all areas of campus. Members of the USF community are encouraged to deposit their research with Scholar Commons. We commit to assisting faculty, staff, and students in all stages of the deposit process, to managing their work to optimize access/ readership, and to ensure long-term preservation. Long-term preservation and increasing accessibility will increase citation rates and highlight the research accomplishments of this campus. Scholar Commons will have a direct impact on the University’s four strategic goals: student success, research innovation, sound financial management, and creating new partnerships.

Year publishing activities began: 2007

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (3); graduate students (0.25)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (60); endowment income (40)

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: journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (12); monographs (2); textbooks; (4); technical/research reports (75); faculty conference papers and proceedings (350); student conference papers and proceedings (285); newsletters (10); databases (5); ETDs (4452); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (90); oral histories; events and lectures; course material; grey/white works

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Number of paid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties: geology and karst; Holocaust and genocide; environmental sustainability; literature; math/quantitative literature

Top publications: ETDs; Social Science Research: Principle, Methods, and Practices (journal); International Journal of Speleology (journal); Journal of Strategic Security (journal); Studia UBB Geologia (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 92

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI); Aphra Behn Society; Union Internationale de Spéléologie; Center for Conflict Management (CCM) of the National University of Rwanda (NUR); Henley- Putnam University; National Numeracy Network (NNN); IAVCEI Commission on Statistics in Volcanology (COSIV); Babeş-Bolyai University; National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy: LOCKSS; Portico; in-house; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); typesetting; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; compiling indexes and/or TOCs; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registration; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; peer review management; author copyright advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/ video streaming; add DOIs to references; suggest POD services

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Adding a Coordinator role; expanding all content areas; and we currently have three new journals in process.
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