University of Sydney

University of Sydney Library

Publishing and Data Services

Susan Murray, Manager, Scholarly Publishing and Sydney University Press

Program Overview

Publishing and Data Services at the University of Sydney Library support the many ways that academics want to communicate the results of their research. We offer publishing platforms that support open journals and provide open access to digital materials, both text and multimedia. Sydney Open Journals is a fully featured journal publishing platform, offering editorial workflows from submission and selection, through peer review and feedback, to publication and promotion. The Sydney eScholarship Repository can store your technical reports, datasets, conference papers, as well as audio, video, and other multimedia material. All repository materials are searchable via Google Scholar, maximising access to your content. Other solutions, including digitization, data visualization, and research data management are also available.

  • Publishing activities began: 2001
  • Location: Australia
  • Languages published: English
  • Organization: services distributed across library units/departments
  • Stage of publishing efforts (1-3): 3 - Established
  • Stage comments:
  • Open access focus (1-5): 3 - Important
  • Program advisory/editorial board: No
  • Peer reviewed journals: 80%
Staffing (in full-time equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 2
Funding sources for publishing activities:
  • Library operating budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules); electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, contracted by external groups; journals, inactive back-issues.

  2021 Open access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty
Conference papers and proceedings, student
Educational resources (e.g., textbooks, course modules)
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) 1012 448 564
Journals, campus-based faculty-created 13 13
Journals, campus-based student-created
Journals, contracted by external groups 8 8
Journals, inactive back issues 12 12
Technical/research reports
Undergraduate capstones/honors theses

2021: New publications from July 2020 to June 2021. Journals include titles actively publishing during the date range. Other publication types include items that were published or added to repositories for the first time within the date range.

OA/Paid/Hybrid: Publications currently published and/or available online. OA (open access) publications do not include counts for hybrid publications. Hybrid publications are those that offer a combination of both open access and pay-access content.

Library-administered university press publications:

For journals, include titles that published at least one article in the last twelve months. For other publication types, report items that were published or added to your repository for the first time within the last twelve months.

Monographs 11


Top publications:
  • Journal of Gandhāran Buddhist Texts
  • International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (journal)
  • Python Language Companion to Introduction to Applied Linear Algebra: Vectors, Matrices, and Least Squares (supplement to book)
  • The Home Falls and Accidents Screening Tool (HOME FAST) (journal article appendix)
  • Clinical Application of the Food Insulin Index to Diabetes Mellitus (thesis)
Disciplinary specialties:
  • ethics in medicine
  • transport and logistics
  • sociology and social policy
  • Australian literature
  • literature and literary studies


Internal partners: campus departments or programs

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)

Best publications to refer to our program: Australian-focused scholarly OA journals

Part of a consortium that provides support for publishing?

Work with a university press?
  • University press partner: Sydney University Press
Administer a university press?

Technologies & Services

Media formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • multimedia/interactive content
  • text
  • video
Softwares & platforms:
  • DSpace
  • OJS

Additional services:
  • analytics
  • audio/video streaming
  • data visualization
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • training
Digital preservation strategy:
  • HathiTrust
  • Portico

Additional Information

Plans for Expansion & Future Directions:
Better support of journals, including DOI, marketing, and inclusion in DOAJ and indexes.
Other Information:
We are exploring different ways we can support scholarly communication, from traditional university press to experimental and open publishing activities.
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