Publishing Services and Access Solutions

The Philosophy Documentation Center provides customized publishing and web hosting solutions for learned societies, independent journals, and scholarly publishers. We publish in print and electronic formats, and digitize and host journals, book series, conference proceedings, newsletters, and archives of any size. Online access is implemented in a manner that best meet your needs. Our work is fast, reliable, and cost-effective.

What Our Partners Say

  • “Philosophy Today publishes in connection with PDC and we could not be happier. Their team got the journal online with incredible efficiency. They are professional, always helpful, and constantly thinking of new ways to increase the journal’s accessibility.”
    — Peg Birmingham, DePaul University
    , Philosophy Today
  • “PDC helped me organize publication of 10 volumes of Presidential Addresses of the American Philosophical Association online, print-on-demand, and as eBook downloads. They succeeded where others failed and I am enormously pleased with their work.”
    — Richard T. Hull, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at SUNY Buffalo
    , Editor and Publisher
  • “We evaluated several electronic providers and found that Philosophy Documentation Center best meets our needs. PDC provides excellent, comprehensive service. We very much appreciate its personal approach and continuing support.”
    — Dr. Christopher Janosik, Villanova University
    , Journal of Catholic Social Thought
  • “Philosophy Documentation Center works creatively and collaboratively to help us increase online access to our journal. They do excellent and reliable work for us, and the University of Arkansas Press is happy to have PDC as a partner.”
    — Mike Bieker, University of Arkansas Press
    , Philosophical Topics
  • “Philosophy Documentation Center provides an important service and they do so extremely well. PDC has been very good to our journal, which is better off today thanks to their skill and commitment.”
    — Erick Raphael Jiménez, The New School for Social Research
    , Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal

Cooperative Planning

We specialize in the development of customized publishing arrangements and our e-publishing work begins with a discussion of your needs. Each project is planned cooperatively to help you increase access, improve service, and meet essential commitments. Once we understand your needs we can outline appropriate solutions that can be implemented promptly.

Flexible Access Options

  • Free search and page previews
  • Subscription or membership access
  • Online First pre-publication access
  • Purchase options for monographs / archives
  • Open access option (if sustainable without author fees)
  • Single document purchase
  • IP authentication for institutions
  • Consortia or multi-institution access
  • Username / password for individuals
  • Print-on-demand for select publications
  • COUNTER-compliant usage statistics (R5)
  • Post-cancellation access via PORTICO or by arrangement

Hosting and Web Site Support

We host over 200 publications in our E-Collection, and currently provide searchable online access to over 210,000 articles, reviews, and other documents in many languages. New titles are added to our site every year. We also provide customized hosting and web site support for other organizations, including educational projects whose missions are broadly consistent with our own (example).

Discovery and Linking

PDC supports OpenURL linking and integrates digital object identifiers (DOIs) into all journals it publishes. We also support Cited-By Linking with CrossRef and participate in the CrossMark version identification service. All electronic collections hosted by PDC are covered by the major discovery services (EBSCO, OCLC, ProQuest) and are indexed by Google Scholar. Bibliographic metadata is available to all search engines, and is provided to select indexing services and journal portals in several countries.

Digitization and Preservation

Most published scholarship is contained in back issues and older volumes of journals, series, and other publications. We help make this material more accessible by digitizing back issue archives of all sizes. We convert print copy to searchable electronic collections, and provide PDFs of each document for display or download. Each collection is made accessible online in a customized manner. Long term preservation of content in electronic format is assured through PORTICO and the CLOCKSS archive.


Our digitization and electronic publishing work is done on site at PDC in Charlottesville, Virginia. For select journals we provide online submissions management through ScholarOne Manuscripts. Our technical work is supported by Makrolog Content Management.