Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Libraries

Digital Technologies
United States

Primary Contact:
Sam Byrd
Digital Collections Systems Librarian

Program Overview

Scholars Compass is a publishing platform for the intellectual output of VCU’s academic, research, and administrative communities. Its goal is to provide wide and stable access to the exemplary work of VCU’s faculty, researchers, students, and staff. VCU Libraries administers and oversees the Scholars Compass.

Year publishing activities began: 2003

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (0.25)

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: faculty conference papers and proceedings (17); ETDs (452)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties: Art and Design; Psychology; Medical Sciences; Theatre and Performance Studies; Public Health

Top publications: British Virginia; Information Technology Outsourcing in U.S. Hospital Systems; A Computational Biology Approach to the Analysis of Complex Physiology: Coagulation, Fibrinolysis, and Wound Healing; The Effects of the Handwriting Without Tears Program on the Handwriting of Students in Inclusion Classrooms; Psychology and the Theatre: A Qualitative Experiment in Actor Training

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: n/a

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: n/a

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

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

Additional services: marketing; outreach; training; cataloging; metadata author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We are working on taking over the publication of an established journal and plan to host journals and conference proceedings, in addition to publishing scholarly articles and monographs.
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