University of Southern Mississippi

Cook Library

Library Technology
United States

Primary Contact:
Josh Cromwell
Institutional Repository Coordinator

Program Overview

We provide a platform to assist the university community with publishing activities in an electronic format, and we encourage that these publications should ideally be Open Access if possible.

Year publishing activities began: 2012

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (1); paraprofessional staff (1); undergraduates (1)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): (4)

Open access focus (1–5): (4)

Advisory/editorial board: No

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018: N/A

Library publications in 2018: campus-based faculty-driven journals (5); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (2); newsletters (4); ETDs (1057); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (116); annual reports from campus units/departments (1)

Number of open access titles: journals (6)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles: journals (1)

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: library science; health/nursing; marine biology; archival science; sport and spectator security

Top publications: Gulf and Caribbean Research (journal); Journal of Sport Safety and Security (journal); The Primary Source (journal); SLIS Connecting (journal); Online Journal of Health Ethics (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 86%

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 14% (one title)

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

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy: Preservica

Additional services: training; analytics; metadata; ISSN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; peer review management; author copyright advisory; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Current goal is to identify other campus journals in need of an electronic publishing platform. Long-term goal is to be able to provide design and copy-editing support in-house as well.
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