University of Pittsburgh Library System Offers Free E-Journal Publishing Service

Issue Date: 
January 10, 2011

Pitt’s University Library System (ULS) is now offering a free e-journal publishing service to help academic journals make their content available to a global audience while eliminating the cost of print production.

The E-journal Publishing Program—part of ULS’ D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program, which partners with the University of Pittsburgh Press—“is in keeping with the ULS’ commitment to free and immediate access to scholarly information and its mission to support researchers in the production and sharing of knowledge in a rapidly changing publishing industry,” said Rush G. Miller, Hillman University Librarian and director of the ULS.

The ULS trains a journal’s editorial staff in the use of Open Journal Systems (OJS) software, which channels the flow of scholarly content from initial author submissions through peer review and final online publication and indexing. OJS provides the tools necessary for the layout, design, copy- editing, proofreading, and archiving of journal articles. The platform provides a vast set of reading tools to extend the use of scholarly content through RSS feeds and postings to Facebook and Twitter. E-journal articles can be discovered via blogs, databases, search engines, library collections, and other means.

“For more than a decade, the ULS has been at the forefront of applying emerging digital technologies to the publishing and distribution of scholarly content,” said Miller. “In addition to publishing e-journals, we provide platforms to mount on the Internet conference proceedings, pre- and post-prints of journal articles, and audio and video and other born-digital content, as well as the University’s theses and dissertations and materials from our collections. We are pleased that the response to these services has been so widespread.”

Timothy Deliyannides, head of ULS Information Systems, added,  “We’re delighted to offer electronic publishing services free of charge to partners who share our support for Open Access to research information and use a robust peer-review process for their content. We can help clients new to electronic publishing at every step. We will give them the tools they need to set up an efficient workflow and help them produce a scholarly e-journal of the highest quality.”

The ULS currently publishes the following e-journals: Bolivian Studies Journal; Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture; Ethnology: An International Journal of Cultural and Social Anthropology; Études Ricœuriennes/Ricœur Studies; International Journal of Telerehabilitation; Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy; and Revista Iberoamericana.

E-journal publications expected over the next several months include Timely Interventions: A Translational Journal of Public Policy and Debate; University of Pittsburgh Law Review; Journal of Law and Commerce; Pittsburgh Tax Review; Journal of Technology, Law and Policy; Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law; Motivational Interviewing: Training, Research, Implementation Practice; and the Pitt Political Review.

For more information about the E-journal Publishing Program, visit

The ULS is the 23rd-largest academic library system within the United States. It includes 21 libraries and holds more than 6.2 million volumes and world-class specialized collections, among them the Archive of Scientific Philosophy and the Archives of Industrial Society, as well as major foreign-language materials from around the world totaling 1.4 million volumes. The ULS offers state-of-the-art facilities and services, with innovative digital library collections and capabilities.