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Library Publishing Coalition Professional Development Guide: Resources and Readings

This guide provides professional development information and resources for librarians engaged in library publishing.

Online Resources

Alternative Publishing Models to Support Open Access

This page aggregates SPARC resources for alternative economic models of scholarly publishing. 

COPE Resources

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) offers guidelines, discussion documents, and e-learning modules. 

Creative Commons Licenses

"The Creative Commons copyright licenses... give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work..." 

Digital Commons Community Library

This site provides a variety of resources on scholarly communication topics, including journal publishing, open educational resources, as well as theses, dissertations, and capstone projects

DiRT Directory: Publishing

This part of the DiRT Directory provides brief annotations of online publishing platforms available for scholarly use. 

Fundamentals of Copyright

This is a series of podcasts by Kenneth Crews with assistance of Neil Wehneman.  "Each podcast is typically about 15 minutes in length, and the series is especially suited for giving members of the academic community a guide to the fundamentals of copyright for teaching, research, and other pursuits."

Guides for OA Journal Publishers

"This is a list of guidelines, primers, recommendations, and best practices for publishers of OA journals."

“HowOpenIsIt?” Open Access Spectrum

"The guide defines core components of Open Access derived from the articulation of basic tenets in the 2002 Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI)."

Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has made available this resource "to give book authors and industry professionals an at-a-glance gauge of the professional presentation of any book."

Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics

"10 principles to guide research evaluation"

Library Publishing Resources List

A part of the Library Publishing Toolkit, this page lists a variety of resources that are searchable and also sorted by category.  

NDLTD Thesis Resources

"This page provides resources for librarians, academic managers, and faculty to start and manage an electronic thesis program and to build and manage a thesis repository."

Open Education Information Center

"This initiative strives to provide information on all aspects of open education in one place. Information is organized to address needs of different audience groups."

PLOS Altmetrics Collection

This is a growing collection of articles about altmetrics that were published in PLOS journals. 

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (Version 2)

Compiled by four professional organizations, these criteria and best practices aim to set apart legitimate journals and publishers from non-legitimate ones.  

Resources for Editors of Journals and Book Series

This list is compiled especially for editors by the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries Scholarly Publishing Services and the UNT Press.

Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines

"The TOP Guidelines provide templates for journal author guidelines that promote transparency and reproducibility practices."

Web Accessibility Toolkit

This toolkit aims to promote the principles of accessibility, universal design, and digital inclusion.

Relevant eBooks and Reports

Best Practices in Peer Review

This handbook on peer review is published by the Association of American University Presses. 

The Costs of Publishing Monographs: Toward a Transparent Methodology

This report provides data on what it costs university presses to produce monographs, and offers recommendations of general principles regarding open access monograph publishing.

The Evolution of Impact Indicators: From Bibliometrics to Altmetrics

"This ebook explores the evolution of impact from the standpoint of scholars and journals, and how altmetrics fit into the picture..."  (Registration required for access)

The Evolving Scholarly Record

"This report presents a framework to help organize and drive discussions about the evolving scholarly record. The framework provides a high-level view of the categories of material the scholarly record potentially encompasses, as well as the key stakeholder roles associated with the creation, management, and use of the scholarly record."

Getting Found: SEO Cookbook

"The Cookbook includes everything necessary to implement a preconfigured Google Analytics dashboard that continuously monitors SEO performance metrics relevant to digital repositories."

Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers

Getting the Word Out examines the growing trend in library publishing through 11 chapters authored by some of the most talented thinkers in the field…” 

Guidance Documents for Lifecycle Management of ETDs

These documents promote best practices and increase academic libraries' capacity to preserve electronic theses and dissertations.  

Journal Management Best Practices: Tales from the Trenches

This guide aims to help journal editors handle issues such as refining the peer review process, speeding up the manuscript decision, and using analytics to eliminate bottlenecks in peer review.  (Registration required for access)

Library Publishing Directory

"The Library Publishing Directory provides an annual snapshot of the publishing activities of academic and research libraries, including information about the number and types of publications they produce, the services they offer authors, how they are staffed and funded, and their future plans..."

Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success: Final Research Report

'This report briefly presents the findings and recommendations of the "Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success" project which investigated the extent to which publishing has now become a core activity of North American academic libraries and suggested ways in which further capacity could be built...'

The Library Publishing Toolkit

“The Library Publishing Toolkit looks at the broad and varied landscape of library publishing through discussions, case studies, and shared resources…” 

Metadata for Open Access Monographs

This guide recommends an open access book metadata model that will "support effective distribution and discovery, and enable authors and their institutions to track and report on titles published where an author fee has been charged." 

NISO Publications

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has made available reports on recommended practices for scholarly communication, among other things. 

The Once and Future Publishing Library

"The report explores the revitalization of library publishing and its possible future, and examines elements that influence the success and sustainability of library publishing initiatives."

Open Access Monographs and Book Chapters: A Practical Guide for Publishers

"Open access for monographs and book chapters is a relatively new area of publishing, and there are many ways of approaching it. This document provides some guidance for publishers to consider when developing policies and processes for open access books."

Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers

"Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers attempts to demystify intellectual property, and especially copyright law, for academic authors and independent scholars..."

Press and Library Collaboration Survey

"The purpose of this survey of university press-library relationships in North America, originally conducted in May 2012, was to map similarities and differences in operational and financial structures as well as practical differences."

Scholarly Communications Experts Directory

"The Scholarly Communications Experts Directory is a detailed record that makes it easy to find an expert no matter what your needs..."