Washington University in St. Louis

University Libraries

Scholarly Publishing
United States

Primary Contact:
Emily Stenberg
Digital Publishing and Preservation Librarian

Program Overview

The mission of the Washington University in St. Louis publishing program is to provide alternatives to traditional publishing avenues and to promote and disseminate original scholarly works of the university community. Publishing is supported through three independent library repositories: Open Scholarship provides a platform for ETDs, student research, and faculty scholarship, while also facilitating the original publication of online journals and monographs for the schools of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Sam Fox School of Art & Architecture, and the Brown School of Social Work; DigitalCommons@Becker enhances the visibility of scholarly work created through the School of Medicine, including faculty research and graduate capstones; and the Law Repository provides free and open access to the school’s intellectual content, with a focus on scholarly journals.

Year publishing activities began: 2009

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (1.7); graduate students (0.8)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (80); endowment income (20)

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 (1); campus-based student-driven journals (4); monographs (2); ETDs (346); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (31); MFA student exhibition catalogs; Graduate independent studies/capstones; faculty-driven digital projects

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video

Disciplinary specialties: Art & Architecture; Audiology & Communication Sciences; Human Research Protection; Law; Social Work & Public Health

Top publications: Optimization of Wind Turbine Airfoils/Blades and Wind Farm Layouts; The Foreign Ear: Elizabeth Bishop's Proliferal Wit & the Chances of Change; The importance of parental involvement in language acquisition and activities and techniques to enhance the home-school connection; Washington University Law Review; Washington University Journal of Law and Policy

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 20

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

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); copy-editing; marketing; cataloging; metadata; ISBN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; dataset management; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Merging University Libraries and Law Library repositories and adding the law journals to Open Scholarship; launching a journal; completing one book and beginning a second
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