About Us

Scholarly Communication and Publishing

The Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit is a division of the Library’s Office of Research. The unit coordinates the library’s user-facing services associated with publishing, open access, copyright, and digital repositories for scholarly publications (including IDEALS).

Service Mission

The Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit develops innovative, sustainable structures for the broad dissemination and enduring preservation of the scholarly conversation, towards the goal of ensuring that the benefits of scholarship accrue to everyone. We provide expertise on copyright, authors’ rights, and open access publishing to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois. We also collaborate with libraries, research centers and institutes, departments, and individual faculty and staff to lower the cost of producing, disseminating, and preserving high-quality educational and scholarly publications through optimized use of resources. We also work with other public institutions seeking to publish scholarly material or general-interest works that will benefit the people of Illinois and the world.