University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries

General Library System;
United States

Primary Contact:
Elisabeth Owens
Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for Libraries

Program Overview

The General Library System publishes print and digital works featuring new works of scholars, researchers, and poets, and important scholarly and historical materials that are available for study in both print and digital formats. These publications are the result of collaborations with the scholarly community and represent an ongoing commitment by the Libraries to scholarly communication as a contribution to the Wisconsin Idea and in support of the outreach mission of the university.

Year publishing activities began: 1999

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (1); graduate students (0.5); undergraduate students (0.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (70); non-library campus budget (10); endowment income (5); charitable contributions/Friends of the Library organizations (5); sales revenue (5); other (5)

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 (3); student-driven journals (1); monographs (10); faculty conference papers and proceedings (25); newsletters (1); ETDs (500); reformatted works

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; concept maps/modeling maps/visualizations

Disciplinary specialties: University of Wisconsin; state of Wisconsin; African studies; ecology and natural resources; decorative arts and material culture

Top publications: WI Land Survey Records (digital collection); Foreign Relations of the United States (digital collection); Icelandic Online (digital collection); Africa Focus (digital collection); Decorative Arts Library (digital collection)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 75

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; Fedora; OJS/OCS/OMP; WordPress; locally developed software

Digital preservation strategy: CLOCKSS; HathiTrust; LOCKSS; in-house; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); copy-editing; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; ISSN registration; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; peer review management; budget preparation; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Increasing emphasis on open access publications and unique archival and special collections materials.
The majority of the Libraries’ publishing activities involve the reformatting and dissemination of new versions of existing resources. We do publish new material, and our responses are primarily reflective of these activities (as opposed to our digital collections and repository services). View All Entries