What is Publishing?

Through the integration of Purdue University Press, Purdue Libraries has become a leader in its capacity to produce high-quality publications serving a continuum of scholarly publishing needs across the university.

The publishing division of Purdue Libraries brings together two entities: Purdue University Press and Scholarly Publishing Services (also referred to sometimes as Purdue e-Pubs).

Purdue University Press (PUP), founded in 1960, publishes peer-reviewed books and journals. Its publishing program is directed by an Editorial Board of nine faculty members. Although about 50% of its authors, editors, and series editors are Purdue faculty, the Press also publishes work by other scholars in disciplinary fields that are aligned with the mission and emphases of the University. Although overhead costs (including staffing) are mostly covered through general funds received from the university, the Press is charged with covering the costs of its publishing program through earned income. The Press has its own website, http://www.the press.purdue.edu

Scholarly Publishing Services (SPS) has developed out of the Purdue e-Pubs service that was established in 2006. It is the umbrella under which various more informal publishing projects are conducted, including technical report series, conference proceedings, digital collections of previously published scholarship, and student journals. Peer-review may occur, but is not required, and cost recovery is a lesser consideration. The projects published are almost all affiliated with faculty, staff, and students from Purdue.

The term “Purdue e-Pubs” is also used to describe the institutional repository and online publishing platform found at http://docs.lib.purdue.edu. The introduction of the broader descriptor “Scholarly Publishing Services” in April 2012 reflects the fact that although Purdue e-Pubs is the platform for the majority of projects currently underway, SPS projects are built with the tools most appropriate for the purpose. The HABRI Central project, for example, is hosted on the HUBzero platform for scientific collaboration.