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Publishing and Open Access Services

The library provides a number of services related to publishing and open access, particularly digital publishing, for the university community, including consultation on publication options and processes, integration of publishing projects into courses. Generally these services fall into two tiers: 1) consultation and instructional services, and 2) digital publication hosting and production services.

Tier 1: Consultations and Instruction (limited to U of I patrons)

Librarians can work with you to integrate digital publishing projects into courses, and provide instruction on use and best practices with some platforms. Librarians can also provide instruction on publishing-related topics like copyright, evaluating publication venues and understanding predatory publishing, and similar issues.

We can also consult with you on what it would take to accomplish a digital publishing project, suggest best practices, and refer you to appropriate platforms if solutions already exist. We have guides and offer workshops on how to use some publishing platforms or other publishing-related technologies, which you can find listed at the bottom of this page.

We can also answer questions related to open access publishing, including questions related to the faculty open access policy and article processing charges (APCs) and waivers. Patrons with questions about predatory publishing or evaluation of publisher or journal quality are likewise welcome to contact us. However, your library subject specialist may be more familiar with the reputation of publishers in your specific field.

Tier 2: Digital Publication Hosting and Production Services (eligibility varies by service)

The library partners with the Office of Undergraduate Research and university departments to host student-run undergraduate research journals.

The library hosts article preprints, whitepapers, research reports, and other works of scholarship by University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students, in the campus institutional repository, IDEALS. The right of faculty to deposit preprints of articles in IDEALS is established by the university’s open access policy, approved by the Faculty Senate. In select cases, the library has agreements with scholarly societies or publishers to deposit publications for preservation purposes and in some cases as the primary venue of publication (primarily for conference proceedings). For more information, see the repository services page.

Through the Illinois Open Publishing Network (IOPN), run by the library’s Scholarly Communication and Publishing unit, the library supports professional publication of open access, born-digital journals, monographs, and digital projects. Journals must have a local faculty member on the editorial board. Long-form projects may be proposed by authors internal or external to the University of Illinois, but must fit publication platforms supported by IOPN, which include Pressbooks, Omeka S, and Scalar. Long-form projects integrating multimedia, open textbooks, and companion websites for traditional monograph or article publications are particularly welcome. All project proposals are subject to approval and require a signed author agreement or journal agreement. Peer review is used for publications as appropriate, although we may work with authors to explore experimental forms of peer review.

What we can’t do: The library is not staffed to provide publication development and hosting beyond the specific publishing platforms and use cases described above. If you have a publishing project that has used or needs custom development, we recommend the university’s cPanel service or renting web space from a service such as Reclaim Hosting for your project. In very limited cases, the library may partner with individuals on grants on development of more complex projects, but researchers should contact the library in the grant planning stages to ensure the work is feasible and to ensure library needs for the grant are budgeted appropriately.

Related Guides and Workshops