Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Libraries

Scholarly Communications and Publishing
United States

Primary Contact:
Sam Byrd
Scholarly Publishing 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 (1.0), paraprofessional staff (0.5)

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

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): Established

Open access focus (1–5): -4

Advisory/editorial board: N

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018:

Library publications in 2018: campus-­based student­ driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (1); monographs (2): technical/research reports (43); faculty conference papers and proceedings (43); newsletters (1); ETDs (599); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (100)

Number of open access titles: journals (1); monographs (2)

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 (journal); British Virginia (monograph series); Theses and Dissertations (graduate student work); Undergraduate Research Posters (student work); VCU Commencement Programs (archival)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

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; Amazon Glacier; Amazon S3; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); marketing; outreach; training; cataloging; metadata; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; image services; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We will be hosting three new open access journals in the coming months. In addition to publishing scholarly articles and monographs, we are investigating rights reversion strategies for faculty monographs as well as digitization and republication of art exhibition catalogs. We are also working on our backup storage infrastructure using cloud services.
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