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Building support for Open Access: a comprehensive program at the University of Pittsburgh

Deliyannides, Timothy S. and Gabler, Vanessa Building support for Open Access: a comprehensive program at the University of Pittsburgh. In: PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2013, 19 August 2013 - 21 August 2013, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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Abstract

The University Library System (ULS), University of Pittsburgh has built an extensive digital publishing program over the past two decades consisting of both digitized library content and new original research. This program has been driven by a strong institutional commitment to Open Access to scholarly information. The organization has placed strategic emphasis on leadership in transforming the patterns of scholarly communication and supporting researchers not only in discovering and accessing scholarly information, but in the production and sharing of new knowledge and the creation of original scholarly research. Key to Pitt’s success as a library publisher, the ULS has implemented all of PKP’s major publishing systems, including Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS), Open Monograph Press (OMP), and Open Harvester Systems (OHS). The ULS also supports a local institutional repository and six subject-based repositories for specialized global communities of researchers. We will describe the rationale for and the genesis of the ULS program to publish new original content, explain how the program evolved, and give insight into our future directions. We will detail the suite of specific tools and techniques we have used to build a highly cost-efficient e-journal publishing program based on PKP software. We will review additional publishing services offered by the ULS including consultation on editorial workflow management, software configuration, graphic design services, training, online usage statistics, quality control, marketing, promotion, digital preservation and ongoing systems support. We will describe common pitfalls to avoid and techniques that help with clear communications and management of mutual expectations between publisher and publishing partners. Quality control is discussed, including careful selection of partners, conducting peer reviews, maintaining academic quality, and advising on publishing best practices. The library-based publishing program is only one approach to building support for Open Access and new modes of communicating research results at the University of Pittsburgh. The ULS’ comprehensive Open Access program seeks to build awareness among researchers about a wide range of scholarly communications issues, to encourage authors to submit their research to Open Access journals through an author fee fund, to explore alternative metrics for measuring scholarly impact, and to support national and international efforts to promote Open Access. We will describe these multiple approaches to creating positive change in the role of today’s academic research library.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Deliyannides, Timothy S.tsd@pitt.eduTSD
Gabler, Vanessavgabler@pitt.eduVGABLER
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Event Title: PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2013
Event Dates: 19 August 2013 - 21 August 2013
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: University libraries > University Library System
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2013 20:16
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2018 00:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19734

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