Washington University in St. Louis

University Libraries

Scholarly Publishing
United States

Primary Contact:
Emily Symonds 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 two independent library repositories on the main and medical campuses: Open Scholarship provides a platform for the university community to make their scholarly and creative works available, providing free and open access whenever possible. The Scholarly Publishing department of the University Libraries provides overall administration for the repository, while the Law Library, recently merged with University Libraries, supports and manages publications affiliated with the School of Law. DigitalCommons@Becker enhances the visibility of scholarly work created through the School of Medicine, including faculty research and graduate capstones.

Year publishing activities began: 2009

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (2.7); graduate students (0.8)

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

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): (3) Developmental Stage

Open access focus (1–5): (5) Completely

Advisory/editorial board: N

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018:

Library publications in 2018: campus-based faculty-driven journals (1); campus-based student-driven journals (6); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (1); monographs (4); textbooks (1)

Number of open access titles: journals (3); monographs (5)

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

Number of hybrid titles: journals (5); monographs ()

Media formats: text; images; audio; video

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

Top publications: "Threats and Safeguards in the Determination of Auditor Independence" (scholarly article); "Psychiatric Effects of Solitary Confinement" (scholarly article); Edith Wharton: Vision and Perception in Her Short Stories (dissertation); "A General Framework of Large-Scale Convex Optimization Using Jensen Surrogates and Acceleration Techniques" (dissertation); "Symptoms of imbalance associated with cervical spine pathology" (scholarly article)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 25

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

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; ORCID assignment for authors

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Expanding online journal and monograph offerings
For information about Law School publications, contact Dorie Bertram, bertram@wustl.edu. For information about DigitalCommons@Becker, contact Amy Suiter, suitera@wusm.wustl.edu. View All Entries