Purdue University Press has entered into a new partnership with the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) to support the publication of its technical report series. Since the late 1930s, JTRP has produced a continuous stream of research reports to inform the management of transportation infrastructure in Indiana and throughout North America. The reports are also well known outside the US, as has become increasingly apparent through examination of the use of digital versions of the backlist, produced with the assistance of Purdue University Libraries. These show heavy use in India and China particularly.
The Press will provide project management and editorial services to JTRP, and will be working to help the program fully migrate its publications to a digital workflow. Technical reports are a class of publication often referred to as “gray literature” because they do not traditionally enter the mainstream book supply chain. It is hoped that the new partnership will resolve this issue and make JTRP reports a national model for discoverability and innovation.