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Digital and Open Publishing


All publications are digital and open access--free to read online and free for authors to submit materials. Items receive baseline support, which includes server space, basic web design (journals only), limited technical support, and the indexing, discoverability, and preservation of content. Content and platforms vary:


JEWLScholar is the institutional repository of Middle Tennessee State University, providing open access (free) to scholarly research conducted at MTSU. Faculty, Students and Staff of MTSU may contribute materials (both born-digital and digitized materials) to JEWLScholar which creates a cohesive and useful way  for scholars to access and connect to MTSU produced research.  Materials from MTSU departments, research centers, colleges, or individuals can be deposited into the repository. Groups or individuals that do not fall into one of these categories and wish to deposit their material, may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Examples of content in JEWLScholar include theses, dissertations, department newsletters, peer-reviewed articles, conference proceedings, and open textbooks or OER course materials. To submit an item, visit https://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu.


Walker Library provides free journal hosting services for the MTSU community. All of the journals we service are digital and open access—free to read online. Walker Library established this journal hosting program to meet the needs and support the mission, values and vision of the university. In doing so, this also expands the role of Walker Library where collaborative faculty/student research and creative practice is valued and helps meets strategic direction goals. Journals@MTSU uses the Open Journal Systems (OJS) software to support open access publications created by MTSU affiliates (faculty, staff, students) that have a stable editorial team and publish regularly. Learn about the Journal Hosting options and the journal management process by visiting this guide: http://libraryguides.mtsu.edu/journalsetup. To view faculty and student produced journals hosted at Walker Library, visit https://libjournals.mtsu.edu.

Web / Digital Projects

On a selective basis, Walker Library's DSI team collaborates with partners to produce web/digital projects. These projects are typically grant-funded, and focus on digital scholarship, digital humanities (DH), and web applications that enhance the user experience. To see example DS/DH projects, visit https://dsi.mtsu.edu/projects. DSI also supports campus projects with Digital Seed Grant funds that may produce related web projects.

Open Book Publishing

The library is currently (2021-2022) conducting a book trial, to learn and measure what it would take to publish open access books on a regular basis. For information on the book trial or to contribute chapters, see the call for proposals put together by the editors. Once published, our books will be available on our Open Press site and open educational resources available on our Press Books site.

As the digital publisher, Digital Scholarship Initiatives (DSI) is responsible for the management and accessibility of digital collections, publications and web projects.