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K-State Today

June 27, 2018

New Prairie Press boasts 1 million downloads

By Char Simser

New Prairie Press, K-State's open access publishing platform, reached a new milestone in May: 1 million downloads since October 2013.

New Prairie Press hosts 23 journals, 14 conference proceedings/papers, ebooks — including textbooks — and other publications edited or authored by K-State scholars committed to the principles of open access publishing. Publications from all disciplines are welcome.

New Prairie Press publications enjoy a worldwide audience. While most readers visit from the United States, readership comes from 230 countries, and is extensive in the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and China.

The most read item, with more than 28,000 downloads, is "Factors Related to Financial Stress among College Students," from vol. 5, issue 1 (2014) of the Journal of Financial Therapy. In addition to the Journal of Financial Therapy, New Prairie Press publications include Educational Considerations, 1973- present; Journal of Applied Communications, 1969-present; and Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, 1976-present.

Many New Prairie Press journals are "born digital," including the newest member of the journal family, NACADA REVIEW: Academic Advising Praxis and Perspectives, which will publish its first issue later this year.

Growth in open textbooks — also called open educational resources — is booming at K-State, and New Prairie Press offers works including Soils Laboratory Manual, Special Education in Secondary Schools, The K-State First Guide to College Student Success and the most downloaded text, Workplace Writing: A Handbook for Common Workplace Genres and Professional Writing.

Readers can discover K-State history in K-State Keepsakes, a treasure trove of golden nuggets about people, places and events at K-State.

Established in 2007, the Press has been part of bepress' Digital Commons platform since October 2013. Learn more about publishing with New Prairie Press at newprairiepress.org or contact Char Simser at cads@k-state.edu.