University of South Florida

University of South Florida Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Jason Boczar, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian
Phone: 813-974-5505

Program Overview

The USF Libraries strive 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 Digital Commons @ University of South Florida. 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 ensuring long-term preservation.
  • Publishing activities began: 2007
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across several campuses
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3
  • Individual people: 3
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Endowment income; Library materials budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 12
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 11
  • Campus-based student-created: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 12


Top Publications:
  • Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices (textbook)
  • Journal of Strategic Security (journal)
  • International Journal of Speleology (journal)
  • Numeracy (journal)
  • Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Geology and karst
  • Literature
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Holocaust and genocide studies
  • Mathematics/quantitative literacy


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; Individual faculty; Graduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • 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)
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • analytics
  • audio/video streaming
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • open URL support
  • peer review management
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon S3
  • Portico