Utah State University

Merrill-Cazier Library

Digital Initiatives
digitalcommons.usu.edu
United States

Primary Contact:
Becky Thoms
Copyright Librarian
435-797-0816

Program Overview

USU Libraries is committed to the open dissemination of knowledge, as well as its delivery in new forms. Our publishing efforts emphasize open access and a commitment to look beyond traditional monographs and scholarly articles to disseminate dynamic scholarly works that can incorporate multimedia and social communications-style input.

Year publishing activities began: 2009

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (0.15); undergraduate students (0.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

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); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (1); monographs (3); faculty conference papers and proceedings (1811); newsletters (2); ETDs (311); faculty and student posters

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications: Journal of Indigenous Research (journal); Journal of Mormon History (journal); Journal of Western Archives (journal); Foundations of Wave Phenomena (journal); An Introduction to Editing Manuscripts for Medievalists (monograph)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 70

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); cataloging; metadata; author copyright advisory; digitization

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Building on existing collaborative relationship with the USU Press to connect authors with freelance providers of traditional publisher services such as peer review management, copy-editing, and typesetting.
Our digital publishing content is archived on bepress servers in several geographic locations; we also archive copies on an in-house server. Some titles are preserved in HathiTrust, and we are investigating DPN. View All Entries