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Grant Description


Through the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory University offers publishing subventions to humanities faculty for the open access publication of long-form scholarship (i.e., monographs). Led by the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, in conjunction with the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, and Emory Libraries, the Digital Publishing in the Humanities initiative builds an infrastructure that supports humanities faculty at a time of technological innovation and changes in the economic model of academic publishing. 

With this grant, we aim to work with faculty members across the humanities and humanistic social sciences to help them understand and navigate the shifting terrain of academic publication during a time when two related transitions are in progress:

  • A transition from a sales-driven model of monograph publication toward one in which the author's home institution bears the majority of the publication expenses (a “university-funded” model of publication).
  • A transition in the format of some publications from print to digital and open access.

 The grant supports three kinds of open access projects:

  • Close analogues of print monographs that would benefit significantly from publication in an open access form. 
  • Enhanced monographs that take advantage of the networked digital environment to provide reading experiences that cannot be replicated in print, such as by embedding audio or video, or by linking directly to primary evidence. 
  • Long–form scholarly digital works that could not exist in a print environment. These works must provide evidence of significantly advancing a scholarly question or a field of research. 

Emory University humanities faculty are encouraged to meet with Sarah McKee, the senior associate director for publishing, as they explore publication options. Additionally, the grant funds two fellowships at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry to support graduate students who are completing their dissertations and wish to explore publishing and/or digital humanities in greater depth.