Plateau of Productivity
UMN Assessment
Doing Well
Time Frame
Less Than 2 Years
Last Updated on Sep 12, 2014

Self-publishing involves the use of digital technologies (and sometimes printing presses) for creating, editing and distributing hard-bound books, print-on-demand books, ebooks, and web-based publications. Self-publication offers many advantages: Greater creative control, the opportunity to reach new audiences, and for some authors, the opportunity to earn more from their works. In an academic context, the decision to self-publish may present some disadvantages, as the publication of hard-bound books and peer-reviewed work is required for promotion and tenure. Self-published works can be found through web searches and commercial outlets such as Amazon. Self-published books can be assigned International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs), numeric book identifiers used by publishers, distributors, and book sellers. On the other hand, records of self-published works are not normally archived in library databases, and therefore may not be included in searches for academic literature.

Self-Publishing at the University of Minnesota
A number of self-publishing projects have been undertaken by University of Minnesota, faculty members, instructors, and students, including:

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    Omeka as a Self-Publishing Tool

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    Related Research

    Michelle Saffle. "Sustainability and Emerging Issues in Scholarly (Self) Publishing." Environmentalist 32:3 (2012): 326...

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    Additional Information

    Elize Anyangwe. "20 Things You Need to Know Before You Self-Publish." The Guardian (09 January 2012).