KU Libraries digital publishing services reach milestone

KU Libraries reached a new milestone this summer with the 50th journal published through KU Libraries digital publishing services.  

The Midwestern Journal of Undergraduate Sciences,” was created by Jack Treml, director of the Biotechnology Program, and his student Paige Kramer. The journal aims to give undergraduate students an opportunity to share their research in the life sciences, which often remains unpublished.  

“I think this journal is a great way to showcase the extreme amount of work that each one of us put in,” Kramer said.   

KU Libraries provides KU researchers with the infrastructure to publish their journals on either of two platforms: KU ScholarWorks, KU's institutional repository, and Open Journal Systems. KU Libraries follows an online open access publishing model designed to increase the reach and impact of the research of KU scholars.  

This independent project took years of collaboration, research, and formatting. Both Treml and Kramer expressed that after such a long haul, they were grateful they were able to hand it over to KU Libraries for quick and seamless publication.  

“When I contacted Marianne (Reed), she was very enthusiastic and made it very easy,” Treml said. “It was kind of fun in the end, and if anyone asked me whether it was worth doing, I would certainly say yes.”