Washington University in St. Louis

University Libraries

Digital Library Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Emily Stenberg
Digital Publishing and Preservation Librarian

Program Overview

The mission of the Washington University in St. Louis Libraries Publishing Program is twofold: to provide alternatives to traditional publishing avenues, and to promote and disseminate original scholarly work of the Washington University community. Washington University Libraries began publishing ETDs in 2009, and in 2011, we launched the Open Scholarship repository to continue ETD publication, to provide a platform for the open access re-publication of faculty articles, and to provide for original publication of online journals and monographs. Since the launch of Open Scholarship, we have expanded into undergraduate honors theses and presentations, and have begun publishing monographs.

Year publishing activities began: 2009

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (1.5)

Funding sources (%): endowment income (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: monographs (1); ETDs (264); undergraduate capstone/ honors theses (13)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications: “Edith Wharton: Vision and Perception in Her Short Stories” (thesis); “Added-Tone Sonorities in the Choral Music of Eric Whitacre” (thesis); “Fashioning Women Under Totalitarian Regimes: ‘New Women’ of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia” (thesis); “Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modeling of Mixed Convection Flows in Building Enclosures” (thesis); “Sentimental Ideology, Women’s Pedagogy, and American Indian Women’s Writing: 1815-1921” (thesis)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed:

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); copy-editing; metadata; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; other author advisory

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Bringing a small number of journals (currently in development) online in the coming year.
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