University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee Libraries

Digital Production and Publishing/Newfound Press;
United States

Primary Contact:
Holly Mercer
Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication & Research Services

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee Libraries has developed a framework to make scholarly and specialized works available worldwide. Newfound Press, the University Libraries digital imprint, advances the community of learning by experimenting with effective and open systems of scholarly communication. Drawing on the resources that the university has invested in digital library development, Newfound Press collaborates with authors and researchers to bring new forms of publication to an expanding scholarly universe. UT Libraries provides open access publishing services, copyright education, and services to help scholars meet new data management and sharing requirements. In addition, we create digital collections of regional and global importance to support research and teaching.

Year publishing activities began: 2005

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (1.35); graduate students (0.5)

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

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: faculty-driven journals (2); student-driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (1); monographs (3); faculty conference papers and proceedings (50); student conference papers and proceedings (23); newsletters (2); databases (1); ETDs (652); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (75)

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Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; multimedia/interactive content

Disciplinary specialties: East Tennessee; Great Smoky Mountains; anthropology; sociology; law

Top publications: The Fishes of Tennessee (monograph); Building Bridges in Anthropology (monograph); To Advance Their Opportunities: Federal Policies Toward African American Workers from World War I to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (monograph); Goodness Gracious, Miss Agnes: Patchwork of Country Living (monograph); “Why We Don’t Vote: Low Voter Turnout in U.S. Presidential Elections” (thesis)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 50

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: Southern Anthropological Society; Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons); locally developed software

Digital preservation strategy: DuraCloud/DSpace; MetaArchive

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); typesetting; copy-editing; marketing; analytics; cataloging; metadata; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; dataset management; peer review management; author copyright advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming; assignment of ISBNs

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Exploring how to cultivate data publishing and how to support digital humanities on campus.
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