Library Publishing Workflows. Investigating and documenting journal publishing workflows in libraries. Educopia Institute. Library Publishing Coalition. Institute for Museum and Library Services.
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October 19, 2021

Workflow Diagram Packet

This packet includes all 13 journal publishing workflow diagrams from our 12 partner institutions. A workflow tracks the path to publication of a single journal article or issue from the library’s perspective. Workflows are always changing, so this documentation represents a snapshot of what the publishing process looked like at the time of release in October 2021.

These workflow diagrams are graphic representations of the major workflow steps that show the path(s) that a journal issue or article will follow, starting with the moment the library first engages with it, through to the end of active library work. Included are diagrams from each of our partners:

  • University of Alberta Library
  • Robert W. Woodruff Library (Atlanta University Center)
  • California Digital Library
  • Claremont Colleges Library
  • Columbia University Libraries
  • Ames Library (Illinois Wesleyan University)
  • University of Michigan Library (Michigan Publishing)
  • Pacific University Libraries
  • The University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Armacost Library (University of Redlands)
  • University Libraries at Virginia Tech
  • Wayne State University Libraries

For more context about each workflow, see the full institutional packet for each partner, which includes Program Profiles and Detailed Workflows. These can be downloaded on the project website (

About Library Publishing Workflows
Library Publishing Workflows (2019-2022) is a project to investigate, synchronize, and model a range of library publishing workflows. Library Publishing Coalition and Educopia Institute are working with 12 partner libraries to document these processes, with the goal of increasing the capacity of libraries to publish open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journals. We hope the resulting workflow documentation will be an essential resource for library publishers in creating or evolving their own workflows, and will allow for peer learning and cross-comparison. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services LG-36-19-0133-19.

​​This publication is licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)