University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Library Services

Academic Library · United States

Digital Publishing Services

Eric Robinson
Phone: 760-410-5310

Program Overview

It is the mission of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Library’s digital publishing program to advance the role of the open access publishing model and to better meet the research needs of the health sciences community.
  • Publishing activities began: 2018
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 2 - Early
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 1
  • Individual people: 1
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Grey literature
  • Journals

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 2
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 1
  • Campus-based student-created: 1
  • Contracted by external groups: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 2


Top Publications:
  • Student Research Collection (ETDs)
  • Philippine Journal of Physical Therapy (journal)
  • Student Journal of Occupational Therapy (journal)
  • Symposia & Research Days (conference proceedings)
  • Faculty & Staff Research Collection (journal articles and conference proceedings)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Health sciences
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nursing
  • Education


  • 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: No
  • 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)
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: We welcome partnerships with professional organizations or scholarly societies seeking to launch or transition to a diamond OA journal. Editorial boards should be able to be self-sufficient after a short journal planning and launch period; and we require that at least one editor on the board be from our institution.
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • data
  • 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)
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • audio/video streaming
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • metadata
  • peer review management
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon S3


Adopted Policies:
Open Access and Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)

Additional Information

Last Year:
The library is currently planning to launch the Journal of Innovation in Health Sciences Education, an open access journal focused on transformational educational approaches, emerging instructional technologies, and outcome-focused teaching and learning innovation in health sciences education (face-to-face, virtual, or hybrid). Launch is expected in early 2023 and the journal will be found at
Other Information:
The library also assists with DOI metadata registration for linking metadata for licensing and grant funding. ORCID ID, as well as correction and retraction information for all journal publications hosted through the library.