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 (0.3)

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 2016:

Library publications in 2016: journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (1); ETDs (538); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (137)

Number of open access titles: journals (1); monographs (1)

Number of paid titles: journals (); monographs ()

Number of hybrid titles: journals (); monographs ()

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: Journal of Social Theory in Art Education; British Virginia; Story-Telling Through the Design of a Permanent Mission Trip Training and Housing Facility; Emancipators, Protectors, and Anomalies: Free Black Slaveowners in Virginia; Remembering through Music: Music Therapy and Dementia

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: Caucus of Social Theory in Art Education (CSTAE)

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 plan to host journals and conference proceedings, in addition to publishing scholarly articles and monographs.
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