University of Virginia

University of Virginia Library

Academic Library · United States

Scholarly Communication

Dave Ghamandi, Open Publishing Librarian & Managing Editor, Aperio

Program Overview

Aperio, a service of the University of Virginia Library, draws upon the strengths of the University to increase open access knowledge for a global audience in a variety of formats—journals, monographs, open educational resources, etc.
  • Publishing activities began: 2010
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English, Spanish

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 1
  • Individual people: 1
  • Funding sources: Charge backs/cost sharing, Endowment income, Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Journals
  • Newsletters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 4
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 3
  • Campus-based student-created: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 4


Top Publications:
  • Journal of Modern Philosophy
  • Language Documentation and Description
  • Essays in History
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • modern philosophy
  • history
  • linguistics
  • higher education administration


  • 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)
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • modeling
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • Dataverse
  • Fedora
  • Pressbooks
  • Ubiquity platforms

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • budget preparation
  • business model development
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • AP Trust
  • Program Policies: Author rights/copyright policy, Authorship/contributorship policy, Conflict of interest policy, Diversity, equity, and inclusion statement, Open access policy, Peer review policy, Privacy/confidentiality policy, Retraction/correction policy