University of Washington

University of Washington Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Scholarly Communication & Publishing

Gordon J. Aamot, Director, Scholarly Communication & Publishing
Phone: 206-616-6431

Program Overview

We support UW creators of intellectual content in sharing their work with the world.
  • Publishing activities began: 1998
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 2 - Early
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across several campuses
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 1.5
  • Individual people: 3
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Endowment income, Grants, Library materials budget, Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 1
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 1
  • Currently inactive or archived: 3
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 37
  • Peer-reviewed: 37
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 17


Top Publications:
  • ETDs, all departments (ResearchWorks Repository)
  • Journal of Indo-Pacific Archeology (journal)
  • Proceedings from North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (conference proceedings)
  • Slovene Studies (journal)
  • Jacob Lawrence in Seattle (Pressbooks OER)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Southeast Asia
  • Medicine
  • Anthropology
  • Information Studies
  • Engineering


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty, Graduate students, Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
    The University of Washington Press reports to the Dean of UW Libraries. While they maintain their own publishing workflows the Press and Libraries share a Manifold platform. The Libraries provides the Press some administrative support services - for example, HR administration and IT support.
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    The UW Law Library reports to the School of Law and isn't administratively part of the Libraries. The Law Library supports its own Digital Commons repository and hosts all Law-produced content there.
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Only work with internal partners
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: n/a
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)
  • DSpace
  • Manifold
  • OJS
  • Omeka
  • Pressbooks
  • PubPub
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • cataloging
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • PKP
  • Archivematica
  • HathiTrust
  • Portico


Additional Information

Future Plans:
In January 2023 we began a Dryad membership for data repository services to help expand support for current demand plus new (NIH) and upcoming (OSTP policy memo) funder requirements for data sharing.