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Publish with Us

Publish with Us

Penn State Libraries Open Publishing offers digital publishing services for faculty, staff, departments, societies, and student groups in the Penn State community. Using various publishing tools and software, including Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Drupal, the Libraries host full featured open access or free to read publications that offer an attractive online presence, flexible editorial management options, and usage analytics. Our publications are all freely available to view online and download, all copyrights are retained by individual publications (or their parent organization), and most publications are licensed under a Creative Commons license. 

The Open Publishing program seeks to provide high-quality services to support all of our journal publications, which include the following:

  • OJS setup, training, and support for journal managers
  • Guidance on Creative Commons license use, author agreements, peer review, and publication workflow
  • Journal policies creation and adoption
  • Accessibility and production training
  • ISSN and DOI registration services
  • Guidance on abstracting/indexing/discovery services
  • Analytics and usage statistics
  • Preservation support
  • Promotion and marketing assistance

All of the bibliographies, monographs, and topical web portals we publish are reviewed for scholarly importance and impact before they are approved for publication. Criteria for publication support are detailed in Open Publishing’s policies, and outlined generally here:

  • Authors must have a Penn State Affiliation (unless a major interest to PSU community e.g Western PA History)

  • Fully Open Access - licensed under a Creative Commons license where appropriate

  • Must fulfill a scholarly purpose with lasting value to scholarship

  • Must go through the appropriate expert or peer review processes

​Bibliography publications also have the following criteria:

  • Must be of a substantial size

  • Must be an annotated/critical work (more than just a list)

To learn more about starting a publication or partnership, or to consult on any of the above services, please schedule a consultation through the Research Informatics and Publishing consultation page by selecting "Open Publishing Consultation."