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Digital Publishing Services: Digital Publishing

Overview of the Digital Publishing options available to faculty, students and staff of Northwestern University.


Visit the Digital Publishing Platform of Northwestern University Libraries

These services showcase student research and provide the software and hosting for publishing peer-reviewed scholarly journals from students and faculty of Northwestern University. The platform uses the Digital Commons software from bepressThe platform can be used to create Research Collections or to managed and edit Journal Publications.

Research Collections

Research collections are dedicated websites for organizing the scholarship of specific student groups and campus units. Authors are able to upload their work for immediate publication or administrator approval. Each submission receives a stable URL and metadata to make the work discoverable online.

Scholarly materials may include:

  • Research papers (capstone projects, theses, essays, case studies, lab or technical reports)
  • Presentations (slides, posters, video, audio)
  • Data (any digital file format)

Contributing to a Research Collection

  1. Go to the Collections page on the Digital Publishing website
  2. Select the Research Collection you wish to contribute your work
  3. Click on the "Submit Research" link on the sidebar
  4. Login or Create a free bepress account (select "Northwestern University" under Institutional Affiliation)
  5. Read the submission instructions and agree to the publishing terms
  6. Fill out the upload form, entering information for all the required fields

After a submission is received, you will receive an email once the submission has been approved for publication. Upon publication, you will have access to your publication and readership reports via your bepress account. 

Journal Publications

The journal publication service offers a robust software suite of editorial and publishing tools for peer-reviewed journals edited by Northwestern University students or faculty. These tools include online hosting, manuscript management workflows, coordinating peer-review, maintaining communications between authors and editors, and publishing within a volume and issue structure. Each journal’s website can utilize custom logos and branding. Journals must be managed by an editorial board and an editor-in-chief. Additional services include establishing journal policies, training on effective publishing workflows, and marketing assistance for recruiting submissions from potential authors.

Benefits of Publishing a Journal with the Libraries

  • Free access to publishing software, online hosting, and custom web design
  • Assistance with International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) registration
  • Persistent article identification with Document Object Identifiers (DOIs)
  • Access to a web analytics dashboard for tracking online usage statistics
  • Indexing with Google, Google Scholar, and scholarly databases
  • Long-term digital preservation with the libraries

Digital Publishing Services Librarian

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Chris Diaz
University Library
2 - East - Digital Scholarship Services
1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208