May 18, 2022

Journal Article: “Scholarly Publishing Literacy at the University of South Florida Libraries: From Advising to Active Involvement”

The following article was published earlier today by the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC).


Scholarly Publishing Literacy at the University of South Florida Libraries: From Advising to Active Involvement


Chelsea Johnston
University of Florida

Jason Boczar
University of South Florida


Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC), 7(1)
DOI: 10.7710/2162-3309.2310


Successful open access (OA) publishing in libraries requires careful guidance and organization. Support and services offered vary depending on available resources as well as the robustness of a library’s publishing program.

Description Of Program
This article describes the connection between publishing services and scholarly publishing literacy through examples from the University of South Florida (USF) Libraries. The USF Libraries’ OA publishing program includes journals, textbooks, conference proceedings, and more. Our program balances advocating for open access with advising for actions that serve our partners’ goals. This invites trust, sustainable relationships, and opportunities for new work.

Next Steps
At the USF Libraries, more work must be done to formally assess our efforts. Our program will also explore new ways to support the ethical standards expected of libraries by pursuing stronger policies on diversity and inclusion. Using everyday work to demonstrate best practices is a manageable way to strengthen scholarly publishing efforts. We hope to continue growing our services, empowering our partners, and exploring our roles as advisors and advocates.

Direct to Full Text Article
18 pages; PDF.

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