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About the Penn State Libraries Open Publishing Program and Services

The Libraries Open Publishing program, part of the Department of Research Informatics and Publishing, has been publishing open access material since 2007. We began by publishing open access repositories of three Pennsylvania history journals, and have grown to publish and provide services to numerous journals, bibliographies, and topical web portal publications. We are working to begin publishing open access monographs and continue expanding our journal and bibliography portfolios.  The Open Publishing program utilizes a variety of platforms, including Open Journal Systems (OJS), Drupal, and Biblio to provide online, open access hosting for both newly-formed and established publications.

The Penn State University Libraries are committed to making data and knowledge accessible to the Penn State community and to the public; the Open Publishing program is just one way it achieves that goal. To view more ways that Penn State is supporting the Open movement, please visit


About Open Access and Creative Commons Licensing

Each publication supported by the Libraries Open Publishing program publishes under a Creative Commons (CC) copyright license. These licenses are designed to help authors and creators retain the copyright of their material while allowing readers to copy and distribute and build on their work, so long as correct attribution is given. They also provide as much or as little restriction on commercial use as the author wants.

There are a few types of CC copyright licenses, each meant to support the authors and editors with the level of openness that they feel is appropriate. You can read more about the licenses on the Creative Commons website


About the Penn State Libraries Open Publishing Advisory Board

The Libraries Open Publishing program is overseen in part by the Open Publishing Advisory Board, who review new publication applications, as well as current publications in order to see if they have reached the high standard necessary to become an Imprint publication. The board is made up of both Penn State faculty and faculty from outside the university, and they meet once every two months, or as needed. The Open Publishing Advisory Board is governed by a charter which provides guidelines and more details about the work of the Board. The Charter is available to view and download and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


The Board Membership:

Non-voting Chair:
Ally Laird, Open Publishing Program Coordinator, Penn State University


Andrew R. Deans, Directory of the Frost Entomological Museum, University Park Campus, Penn State University

Bryan McGeary, Learning Design and Open Education Engagement Librarian, Library Learning Services, University Park Campus, Penn State University

Andrea Pritt, STEM Librarian, Harrisburg Campus, Penn State University

Tom Reinsfelder, Head Librarian, Mont Alto Campus, Penn State University

Tamzyn Suliaman, Senior Librarian, Scholarly Communication: Research and Innovation, University of Cape Town

Kathleen Zamietra, Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian, DeSales University

Past Members:

Jill Claassen, Section Manager: Scholarly Communication and Research, University of Cape Town

Esther Dell, Associate Librarian, Scholarship Access & Support Librarian, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State University