University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries

General Library System;
United States

Primary Contact:
Carrie Nelson
Directory of Scholarly Communication

Program Overview

The Digital Collections Center was created to provide quality digital resources from academic libraries to UW faculty, staff and students, citizens of the state, and scholars at-large. Parallel Press promotes the Wisconsin Idea of making the research of the university available to the world at-large and engages in the research and teaching efforts of the university. It publishes print and digital publications featuring new works of scholars, researchers, and poets and also makes important and out-of-print scholarly research available for study in both print and digital formats. These publications are the result of collaborations with the UW campus 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: professional staff (1); paraprofessional staff (1)

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 2017:

Library publications in 2017: campus-based faculty-driven journals (3); campus-based student-driven journals (1); print theses and dissertations; reformatted works

Number of open access titles: journals (1)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; concept maps, modeling, maps, or other visualizations

Disciplinary specialties: University of Wisconsin; State of Wisconsin; ecology and natural Resources; decorative arts and material culture; teaching

Top publications: WI Land Survey Records; Icelandic Online; Aldo Leopold Collection; Decorative Arts Library; Foreign Relations of the United States

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed:

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; Fedora; OJS; Wordpress; locally developed software

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

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); copy-editing; marketing; outreach; cataloging; metadata; ISSN registry; 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; image services; data visualization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Plans to identifying resources being managed independently by campus departments or groups that should be more broadly published and determining the appropriate model(s) to provide that support. Increasing collaboration with other institutions. Potential for focus on textbook-style resources.
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