Digital Publishing

Digital publishing is more than the production and dissemination of research and scholarship as a document, whether physical or digital. By looking at digital publishing as part of the whole research life-cycle we hope to help scholars and researchers consider broad solutions to their projects and outcomes. Consulting with dSHARP means that we can help you anticipate your needs and the possible solutions needed at the next stages of your research life-cycle that might include both a digital and potential physical solution. From the inception of your data management plan forward we are able to help envision future needs not only for your data, but also for all forms of scholarly output. Solutions may include publication needs in the form of our campus Author Processing Charge (APC) fund; KiltHub, CMU’s comprehensive institutional repository; and in the future as part a library publishing solution developed using the Open Journal System and hosted by dSHARP.  We are continuing to explore a library publishing solution for both digital and physical materials that may be connected with components in the comprehensive repository and other parallel units within the Libraries (e.g. Archives/Special Collections), as well as others outside of the Libraries in the colleges and research centers/institutes.



Open Access

In response to pressure from authors, most traditional journal publishers allow authors to post open access copies of their peer-reviewed manuscripts on their websites or disciplinary or institutional repositories.  Many peer-reviewed journals publish all of their content open access.  Researchers and scholars are now pushing for open access to research data and open access to scholarly monographs.

Open access is strategic for Carnegie Mellon.  Open access disseminates as broadly as possible works authored by the CMU community, encouraging use and increasing citations and impact.  Open access also enables the CMU community to access works authored elsewhere around the world, many of which the University Libraries cannot afford to purchase.

Intellectual Property and Copyright

Copyright is the exclusive right granted by U.S. law to copy, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, and make derivatives of original works of authorship. Members of the Carnegie Mellon community are expected to obey the Copyright Law of the United States.  Plagiarism and library exceptions are topics central to all forms of scholarship, including digital humanities and scholarship more broadly. The University Libraries’ Copyright pages assemble resources and tools to help in understanding and complying with copyright law, beginning with copyright basics.

Understanding Image and Multimedia copyright is particularly relevant in conducting many forms of digital humanities work and digital publishing. Author’s rights must be negotiated for both print and digital forms as distinct publications, as well as the increasing number of hybrid publications with print and digital components. Digital versions require consideration of the right to distribute the work and how the author or publisher restricts or enables online distribution through non-exclusive licensing or application of a Creative Commons license.


Author Processing Charge Fund

CMU can help scholars pay the article and monograph processing charges necessary to obtain Open Access status for their research.

Institutional Repositories

The online collection of an institution’s research and scholarship is its institutional repository (IR). The IR may contain a range of materials from digital manuscripts, electronic theses and dissertations, articles and conference papers and proceedings to grey literature and a host of other forms of creative works. The IR’s purpose is to collect, preserve, and disseminate the intellectual work and output of a research institution.

Carnegie Mellon University is currently rolling out a new Institutional Repository, KiltHub, for preserving and providing online open access to work produced by CMU faculty and students. Journal articles, conference papers and presentations, books and book chapters, technical reports, Ph.D. dissertations, Master’s theses, and selected undergraduate student works authored by members of the Carnegie Mellon community can be uploaded to the repository.

Open Journal Software

Open journal software is available from a number of parties to help reduce the costs of producing scholarly and society journals.