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All tenure-track Emory College faculty are eligible to apply.

  • A subvention of $15,000 is available to fund the open access publication of a standard monograph project (approx. 90,000 words, with a light illustration program in the print edition).
  • The recipient’s monograph must have been accepted for publication prior to applying for the subvention. A letter of intent to publish from the press will be requested (see application process below).
  • Recipients of the subvention are required to hold one public event through the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry upon publication of the book. A small budget for this event will be provided separately.
  • Usual book production charges, including indexing and permissions fees, should be paid from the author’s research account.
  • Recipients are expected to be single authors or co-authors of a humanistic monograph. Co-authors from other institutions will be asked to contribute a portion of the subvention.
  • Recipients may not receive royalties on the subvention from their publishers.
  • Recipients may receive support from this fund once within an academic year. Unsuccessful applicants may apply without prejudice to fund a different project. Reapplications for previously denied projects will be considered only when circumstances have significantly changed.
  • Visiting faculty members, as well as faculty members whose contracts will not be renewed for the following year, and faculty members who plan to resign their appointments at the end of the current year, are not eligible for funding at this time.

Monographs are defined here as long-form scholarly works on a single subject that present evidence, an argument, and conclusions beyond the scope of an academic journal article.

Critical editions, edited anthologies, creative works, and textbooks are not eligible for funding.

Three types of digital monographs are eligible for funding:

  1. Open access monographs. Open access monographs are digital books in well-known formats (PDF, EPUB, Kindle, etc.) that are made available to readers without charge or log-in requirement. A print edition verbatim with the open access edition should be made available for sale where possible.
  2. Enhanced open access monographs. These monographs use a digital publication platform (e.g., Manifold, Quire, Fulcrum) to extend the capabilities of a basic digital monograph (PDF, EPUB, Kindle, etc.). Examples of enhancements include embedded audio or video; large image galleries with zoom and scroll functions; integrated annotation and highlighting; integrated interactive components (such as maps or data visualizations). An open access digital counterpart without the enhanced features should be made available for download, and a print counterpart without the digital features should be made available for sale where possible.
  3. Complex open access monographs that could not exist in a print environment. Such monographs integrate text and digital components in a custom(ized) online environment and cannot be replicated in print form. For these books, a highly interactive and potentially non-linear presentation is necessitated by the research itself. They must provide evidence of significantly advancing a scholarly question within a field of research and undergo rigorous pre-publication peer review to assess both the work’s academic quality and the integrity of its digital design.

For types two and three, no development of a digital prototype is required prior to applying for the open access subvention. Depending on the complexity of type three projects, they may require that the author seek and secure additional funding for development work.


Support for Digital Companion Websites

The Digital Publishing in the Humanities initiative works closely with the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) to provide consultations and/or development assistance for companion websites which supplement published monographs. An open access subvention requirement is not required to receive support with a companion website. Type one projects (open access monographs without enhancement) whose authors envisage a companion website are eligible for the open access subvention.