Vanderbilt University

Jean and Alexander Heard Library

Scholarly Communications
United States

Primary Contact:
Clifford B Anderson
Director, Scholarly Communications

Program Overview

The Jean and Alexander Heard Library fosters emerging modes of open access publishing by providing scholarly, technical, and financial support for the digital dissemination of faculty, student, and staff publications. The library maintains several publishing initiatives through its scholarly communication program. Currently, it publishes four peer-reviewed, open access journals–AmeriQuests, Homiletic, Vanderbilt e-Journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies, and the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal—using Open Journal Systems software. It also hosts a database of electronic theses and dissertations in cooperation with the Graduate School. Additionally, the library distributes undergraduate capstone projects through its institutional repository.

Year publishing activities began: 2004

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (2)

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 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based faculty-driven journals (3); campus-based student-driven journals (1); ETDs (410); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (45)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images

Disciplinary specialties: American studies; Homiletics; Luso-Hispanic studies

Top publications: AmeriQuests (journal); Homiletic (journal); Vanderbilt e-Journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies (journal); Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: Academy of Homiletics

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; OJS; ETD-db

Digital preservation strategy: LOCKSS; in-house

Additional services: outreach; training; cataloging; metadata; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; author copyright advisory

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We plan to strengthen our support for the publication of scientific datasets as well as projects in the digital humanities.
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