With the changing landscape of academic publishing, libraries are increasingly positioned to meet campus-based publishing needs. As libraries take on the role of publishers, they have the chance to breathe new life into once-dormant publications, as well as launch new journals of all different stripes and disciplines. Flexible publishing tools can accommodate a wide spectrum of publishing needs, from professional-grade society journals to student publications with quick launch times and low overhead. Digital Commons users are now publishing nearly 1000 journals collectively, and that number is only growing; to learn more about the Digital Commons publishing landscape, take a look at Library Led Publishing Data & Benchmarks, a report we created based on 2013 data and shared at the inaugural Library Publishing Forum.

Below we’ve collected a list of resources and guides from the library publishing community. Our reference guides include a set-up form, tutorials on how to manage submissions and the peer-review process, and a checklist for successful journals. A complete list of all journals published in Digital Commons can be found here. To see resources specifically related to student journals, please visit the Student journals series.

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Bepress Guides

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Digital Commons Journal Guide: How to Manage, Peer Review, and Publish Submissions to Your Journal, bepress

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Establishing Library Publishing: Best Practices for Creating Successful Journal Editors, Jean-Gabriel Bankier and Courtney Smith

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Journal Essentials: Practical Steps to Better Journals, bepress

Blog Posts

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Journal Editors Drop Subscription Control and Build International Impact, bepress

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Scotland Reacts to Literary Journal's Move Online, bepress

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Veteran-authored Journal at Eastern Kentucky University Gets NY Times Mention, bepress

Digital Commons Webinars

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Journal Make-over: Practical Steps to Better Journals, Irene Kamotsky

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Open Access Journal Publishing at USF: How We Do It, Why We Do It, Todd Chavez

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Open Access Publishing Advantages: A Case Study at the Australian Journal of Teacher Education, Julia Gross, Janice Chan, and Tony Fetherston

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Publishing Journals in Digital Commons: Set-up, Launch, and Beyond, Wendy Robertson and Ann Connolly

Examples

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International Journal of Speleology, University of South Florida

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Maine Policy Review, University of Maine - Main

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Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies, Wayne State University

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Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, University of Iowa

Forms, Checklists, and Workflow Documents

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Journal of Western Archives Business Plan, Gordon Daines

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Library Services for Creating and Publishing Student Research Journals, Adrian Ho

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Memorandum of Understanding Sample Texts, bepress

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Open Access E-Journal Hosting Agreement, Todd Chavez

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Policies and Procedures for Requesting the Start of a New Journal in the Digital Commons@Macalester, Macalester College

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UKnowledge Journal Proposal Form, Patricia S. Wilson

How-to Guides

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Campus-Based Publishing Partnerships: A Guide to Critical Issues, Raym Crow

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Developing Open Access Journals: A Practical Guide, David J. Solomon

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Getting Your Journal Indexed: A SPARC Guide, SPARC

Other Resources

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LIBPRESS-L Listserve, LIBPRESS-L Listserve

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Library Publishing Directory, The Library Publishing Coalition

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Ten Challenges for OA Journals, Peter Suber

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The Lib Pub: A group blog on library publishing, The Lib Pub

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The Library Publishing Coalition, The Library Publishing Coalition

Presentations

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A Small Library Launches a Publishing Program, Janelle Wertzberger

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Library as Journal Publisher: Partnering with Faculty, Wendy Robertson

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Library-led Publishing Data and Benchmarks: Journal Data Collected from the Digital Commons Platform, Casey Busher, Irene Kamotsky, and Ann Taylor

Research Papers

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Addressing Faculty Publishing Concerns with Open Access Journal Quality Indicators, Sarah Beaubien and Max Eckard

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Case Study on the Development of the International Journal of Exercise Science, Scott Lyons

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Library-led Publishing with bepress Digital Commons: Data and Benchmarks Report, Casey Busher, Irene Kamotsky, and Ann Taylor

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Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success: Final Research Report (March 2012), James L. Mullins, Catherine Murray-Rust, Joyce L. Ogburn, Raym Crow, October Ivins, Allyson Mower, Daureen Nesdill, Mark Newton, Julie Speer, and Charles Watkinson

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Repository Revolution, Rebecca Pool

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University Libraries Offer an Alternative to Traditional Publishing, Brandi Scardili

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University Publishing in a Digital Age, Laura Brown, Rebecca Griffith, Matthew Rascoff, and Kevin Guthrie