University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee Libraries

Digital Production & Publishing/Newfound Press ;
United States

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

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee Libraries makes original, 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: professional staff (0.6); paraprofessional staff (1.1); graduate students (0.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (99); sales revenue (1)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based faculty-driven journals (2); campus-based student-driven journals (4); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (3); monographs (5); student conference papers and proceedings (22); ETDs (369); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (130)

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

Disciplinary specialties: East Tennessee; Great Smoky Mountains; Anthropology; Sociology; Law

Top publications: The Fishes of Tennessee (monograph); “Why We Don’t Vote: Low Voter Turnout in U.S. Presidential Elections” (thesis); Southern Foodways and Culture (monograph); The Wondrous Bird's Nest (monograph); ""The Story of the Monkey and the Turtle": An Illustrated Retelling of a Folktale from the Philippines" (undergraduate thesis)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 56

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: Southern Anthropological Society; Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic; Southeastern Fishes Council; National Council of Teachers of English

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

Digital preservation strategy: DuraCloud; MetaArchive

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); typesetting; copy-editing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; notification of A&I sources; ISBN registry; applying for Cataloging in Publication Data; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; peer review management; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; digitization; image services; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We will focus on publishing manuscripts and other materials from the Libraries' special collections; we are also exploring how we can help certify the products of digital humanities research.
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