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Scholarly Publishing

This guide is to help faculty and graduate students with scholarly publishing

Publishing a Journal in Digital Scholarship@UNLV

One of the benefits to having an institutional repository platform is the ability to publish Open Access journals. To get started, review the steps below!

You can check out this link to view a current list of journals published in Digital Scholarship@UNLV.

Steps to Publishing a Journal on the Digital Scholarship@UNLV platform

Digital Scholarship@UNLV is more than a repository - it is also an open access journal publishing platform and conference paper management system.

Is your journal a good match for Digital Scholarship@UNLV?

Consider the following questions to find out:

  • Will the journal be fully open access? Digital Scholarship@UNLV does not host subscription based journals nor provide a mechanism for creating print issues.
  • Do you have the support of your academic or administrative unit? Colleges, departments, and administrative units are designated the publishers of the journals -rather than individual faculty members or outside organizations. This is to ensure that the journals published at UNLV are sustainable and remain connected to UNLV, even if the faculty member that proposes the journal takes a new position or retires. The Dean of the College (and Department Chair when applicable) will need to sign an MOU with the University Libraries and Provost's office.
  • Do you have sufficient support and time to manage the journal? The University Libraries' role is limited in the running of the journal. We host the journal through our ongoing subscription to the Elsevier bepress Digital Commons system.  We assist with communication with bepress and can provide guidance on journal polices (such as author rights, copyright, Creative Commons) and general use of the system, but you will be responsible for managing all aspects of  the journal (from development of the journal to publication of all issues).
  • Do you have the ability to pay for bepress Journal publishing services (or have an alternative to those services in mind)? While the library pays the Digital Scholarship@UNLV platform annual subscription cost, there are value added services provided by bepress which improve the journal content preservation and discoverability. It is part of the standard MOU that the editors will pay for bepress Digital Commons Publishing Services or provide an alternative method to provide the journal with DOIs (digital object identifiers) and a digital preservation solution. However, the library can discuss this further if your college, department, or administrative unit or other financial supporters are unable to pay for these services. Please ask us for the latest bepress pricing. (updated Fall 2019)

If you answered yes to the questions above - great! Take a look at the next section for how to start the process of publishing on Digital Scholarship@UNLV.

Publishing a journal on Digital Scholarship@UNLV

Find the journal proposal form here. You will need to login with your email account.

You can preview the form (opens as pdf, please complete the online form above to propose a journal).

  1. Reach out to Scholarly Communication Initiatives ( and/or your liaison librarian and review the journal proposal form. It is helpful to chat about the journal and your plans before diving into the proposal. We may request a meeting after the proposal is received if your proposal is your first contact with the library about the journal.
  2. Complete the Journal Proposal Form to get started!
  3. Scholarly Communication Initiatives will review the proposal and get back to you with any questions. We will do our best to reply within two weeks.
  4. Meet with Scholarly Communication Initiatives (SCI) to discuss further.
  5. Once the journal proposal is approved, we will prepare an MOU for signatures. The MOU has been vetted by UNLV  Counsel and the only changes we make are to the parties involved.  If additional changes are needed, UNLV Counsel will be consulted again. Depending on the publisher (academic or administrative unit responsible for the journal) the MOU will be signed by the Dean of the college or appropriate administrator, department Chair (or administrator), Dean of the University Libraries, and by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
  6. Once the MOU is signed, bepress has a journal setup form which gathers basic configuration information for the journal. SCI can help you answer questions on the form as needed, and advise with setting policies (such as copyright) and with communications and introductions to bepress representatives.
  7. Contact us at with any questions.
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