Wayne State University

Wayne State University Library System

Academic Library · United States

Digital Publishing House


Joshua Neds-Fox, Coordinator for Digital Publishing
Phone: 313 577 4460
Email: dp5745@wayne.edu

Program Overview

Digital Publishing in the Library System exists to foster the development, production, and preservation of scholarly communication through open access (OA) publication. Our goal is to make research and creative activities as freely available as possible, paying as much attention to our local needs as our global ones, and operating with a sense of equity and social justice.
  • Publishing activities began: 2010
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 1
  • Individual people: 1
  • Students: Graduate student(s), Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Grants, Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 3
  • Campus-based student-created: 3
  • Peer-reviewed: 1
  • Currently inactive or archived: 5
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 2
  • Peer-reviewed: 2
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 2
  • Peer-reviewed Open Educational Resources: 2


Top Publications:
  • Clinical Research in Practice (journal)
  • Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods (journal)
  • The Woodward Review (journal)


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty, Graduate students, Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    We host journals and provide training and support for staff and editors at the Wayne State University Press.
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g., local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: start-up open access journals or faculty-led journals transitioning to open access; open educational resources and open textbooks; digital humanities projects; Wayne State-affiliated publishing projects that don’t fit in traditional scholarly workflows
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • images
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)
  • Fedora
  • locally developed software
  • Omeka

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • image services
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Digital preservation services under discussion
  • In-house


Adopted Policies:
Committee on Publication Ethics Library Publishing Coalition Directory of Open Access Journals

Additional Information

Last Year:
In 2022, we undertook our first open textbook projects, publishing two of four planned monographs; worked with advising and training student editors on two student-led journal start-ups; and continued to provide opportunities and education to students (graduate student assistants in the School of Information Sciences and interns from other campus departments) interested in library publishing. At the same time, our staff was reduced to one FTE, reducing our overall capacity.
Future Plans:
We plan to resource the unit at 2 FTE in the near future.