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About the Penn State Libraries Open Publishing Program and Services

The Libraries Open Publishing program, originally a part of the Publishing and Curation Services Department, has been publishing open access material since 2007. We began by publishing the open access repositories of three Pennsylvania history journals, and have grown to now publish and provide services to numerous journals, bibliographies, and topical web portal publications. We are working to begin publishing open access monographs and continue expanding our journal and bibliography portfolios.  The Open Publishing program utilizes a variety of platforms, including Open Journal Systems (OJS), Drupal, and Biblio to provide online, open access hosting for both newly-formed and established publications.

The Penn State University Libraries are committed to making data and knowledge accessible to the Penn State community and to the public, and the Open Publishing program is just one way it achieves that goal. To view more ways that Penn State is supporting the Open movement, please visit open.psu.edu

 

About Open Access and Creative Commons Licensing

Each publication supported by the Libraries' Open Publishing program publishes under a Creative Commons (CC) copyright license. These licenses are designed to help authors and creators retain the copyright of their material while allowing readers to copy and distribute and build on their work, so long as correct attribution is given. They also provide as much or as little restriction on commercial use as the author wants.

There are a few types of CC copyright licenses, each meant to support the authors and editors with the level of openness that they feel is appropriate. You can read more about the licenses on the Creative Commons website.  

 

About the Penn State Libraries Open Publishing Board

The Libraries Open Publishing program is overseen in part by the Open Publishing Board, who review new publication applications, as well as current publications in order to see if they have reached the high standard necessary to become an Imprint publication. The board is made up of both Penn State faculty and faculty from outside the university, and they meet once every 2-3 months, or as needed.

 

The Board:

Non-voting Chair:
Ally Laird, Open Publishing Program Specialist, Penn State University

Members:
Mohamed Berray, Social Sciences Librarian, Florida State University

Esther Dell, Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Penn State University

Sarah Pickle, Assessment Librarian, Claremont Colleges

Tom Reinsfelder, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Penn State University