Library publishing

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Library publishing, also known as campus-based publishing,[1] is the practice of an academic library providing publishing services.


A library publishing service usually publishes academic journals and often provides a broader range of publishing services as well.[2] This can include publishing other formats such as scholarly monographs and conference proceedings.[3] It generally has a preference for open access publishing.[4]

Library publishing often focuses on electronic publishing rather than print, thus complemeting the role of traditional academic presses.[5] Sometimes a library and a university press based at the same institution will form a partnership, with each focusing on their own area of expertise.[6][7] For example, the University of Pittsburgh library publishing service publishes peer-reviewed journals and also collaborates with the university press to publish open access monographs.[8]

Software is available to manage the journal publication process. The open source Open Journal Systems by the Public Knowledge Project, and Digital Commons' bepress, are both widely used by library publishing services.[9] Some libraries use Open Journal Systems to create overlay journals which present scholarly content that is held in an institutional repository.[10]


Library publishing has a long history and has been around since before the Internet.[11]

In 1990, academic libraries published two of the first scholarly electronic journals on the Internet. The University of Houston Libraries began publishing The Public-Access Computer Systems Review [12][13] and the Virginia Tech University Libraries began publishing the Journal of the International Academy of Hospitality Research. [14]

The Synergies project (2007-2011) was a collaboration between different Canadian universities to create infrastructure to support institutional publishing activities.[15] A survey conducted by Hahn in 2008 found that at that time 65% of research libraries in North America either had a library publishing service or were considering creating one.[6]

In 2011 in the UK, Jisc funded three library publishing projects: Huddersfield Open Access Publishing (HOAP) at the University of Huddersfield, SAS Open Journals at the University of London, and EPICURE at UCL.[16]

The Library Publishing Coalition was launched in 2013 to provide a hub for library publishing activities.[4] In October 2013, during Open Access Week, they launched a Library Publishing Directory[17] which contains information about library publishing activities at 115 academic and research libraries.[18]

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Mullin, J.L.; Murray-Rust, C.; Ogburn, J.L.; Crow, R.; Ivins, O.; Mower, A.; Nesdill, D.; Newton, M.P.; Speer, J.; Watkinson, C. (2012). "Library publishing services: strategies for success: final research report". SPARC. p. 6. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  3. ^ Hahn, Karla L. (2008). "Research library publishing services: new options for university publishing" (PDF). Association of Research Libraries. p. 5. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b "About us". Library Publishing Coalition. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  5. ^ Harboe-Ree, Cathrine (2007). "Just advanced librarianship: the role of academic libraries as publishers". Australian Academic & Research Libraries. 38 (1): 21. doi:10.1080/00048623.2007.10721264. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b Hahn, Karla L. (2008). "Research library publishing services: new options for university publishing" (PDF). Association of Research Libraries. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  7. ^ Wittenberg (2004). "Librarians as publishers: a new role in scholarly communication". Searcher. 12 (10).
  8. ^ Deliyannides, T.S.; Gabler, V.E. (2013). "The university library system, University of Pittsburgh: how & why we publish". Library publishing toolkit. IDS Project Press. p. 82. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  9. ^ Hahn, Karla L. (2008). "Research library publishing services: new options for university publishing" (PDF). Association of Research Libraries. p. 14. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  10. ^ Brown, Josh (2009). "An introduction to overlay journals" (PDF). UCL. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  11. ^ Maxim, G.E. 1965. A history of library publishing, 1600 to the present day. Thesis approved for Fellowship of the Library Association.
  12. ^ Bailey, Charles W., Jr. (January 1991). "Electronic (Online) Publishing in Action . . . The Public-Access Computer Systems Review and Other Electronic Serials". ONLINE. 15: 28–35.
  13. ^ Ensor, Pat; Thomas Wilson (1997). "The Public-Access Computer Systems Review: Testing the Promise". The Journal of Electronic Publishing. 3 (1): 28–35.
  14. ^ Savage, Lon (1991). "The Journal of the International Academy of Hospitality Research". The Public-Access Computer Systems Review. 2 (1): 54–66. Archived from the original on 2006-09-02.
  15. ^ Devakos, R.; Turko, K. (2007). "Synergies: building national infrastructure for Canadian scholarly publishing" (PDF). ARL Bi-Monthly. 252/253: 16.
  16. ^ "Scholarly communications". Jisc. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  17. ^ Lippincott, Sarah K. (ed.) (2013). "Library Publishing Directory" (PDF). Library Publishing Coalition. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  18. ^ "Library Publishing Directory: Announcing the 1st edition of the Library Publishing Directory". Library Publishing Coalition. 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.

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