University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Scholarly Communications

Colleen Lyon, Head of Scholarly Communications

Program Overview

Texas ScholarWorks was established to provide open, online access to the products of the University's research and scholarship, to preserve these works for future generations, to promote new models of scholarly communication, and to help deepen community understanding of the value of higher education.
  • Publishing activities began: 2008
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3
  • Individual people: 3
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Charitable contributions, Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

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


Top Publications:
  • Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (taxa accounts)
  • Population Research Center Research & Policy Brief Series (grey literature)


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty, Graduate students, Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    The University of Texas Press is separate from the library.
  • 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)
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • data
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Dataverse
  • DSpace
  • OJS
  • Pressbooks

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • cataloging
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • metadata
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon S3
  • Digital preservation services under discussion
  • In-house


Additional Information

Last Year:
We started an OER publishing service in 2022. We are close to publishing our first monograph as a part of that service.