OSPS FAQ

What types of projects do you work on?

We help people publish books, journals, and other scholarly work in print and digital formats. We also build websites for people who publish journals and books. In terms of content, we can work with a wide array of scholars in disciplines ranging from the humanities and social sciences to STM.

Will my project become a UNC Press publication?

No. The OSPS is a publishing services provider. Projects do not go through UNC Press’s standard peer-review and editing processes. Depending on your project and your publishing goals, it may make sense for UNC Press to distribute your book once it has been published. (If you would like for your book to be considered for publication by UNC Press, please see the submission guidelines on the UNC Press website.)

Who will be the publisher of my book?

We typically work with UNC system entities such as departments, libraries, or research institutes, helping them to publish scholarly work. As publisher, these entities usually select the works to be published and guide early processes such as peer review, editorial oversight, and clearing third-party permissions. If you are an individual with a project, you should first consider if there is a logical institutional partner at your university. We are happy to advise if you don’t have a campus partner.

What kind of work can you do for me?

We currently offer services in three broad categories: 1) editorial, design, and production; 2) sales, marketing, and distribution; and 3) copyright and intellectual property. We can help you with all of these services or we can just handle one service as needed. We also advise on best practices, business planning, and publishing strategy.

Who owns copyright?

You or your university will most likely control copyright. You should consult your university’s copyright guidelines to determine this. You can also choose to pursue open access licensing. We can advise you on intellectual property issues and options when we know more about your project.

How much do your services cost?

The OSPS is tasked with keeping costs as low as possible to the UNC system, but we are not funded in such a way as to offer our services free of charge. Some content creators feel strongly about open access. Others are more concerned with keeping costs to their audience low while generating income for sustainability. We have models that can work for a range of missions and budgets.

Do you have a rate sheet or cost menu?

We do not have a standard rate sheet at this time, but we can provide you with a cost estimate that is detailed.

How do I get started?

The first step is for us to collect information about your project and your goals. Please submit a project evaluation form (Book Evaluation Form or Journal Evaluation Form). We will follow up to discuss some publishing strategies.