Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative

The NYU Office of the Provost, the Center for the Humanities, and the Division of Libraries invite submissions for grants to support the publication of open access digital monographs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. This program is part of an initiative developed by the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). The goal of this program is to advance the wide digital dissemination of scholarship in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to all readers with internet access. The program will provide $15,000 each for up to three scholarly monographs per year authored by NYU faculty and published by a nonprofit scholarly publisher. The funding will be provided to the publisher to make the work open access upon publication.

Digital monographs published under this initiative will share the following properties:  

  • Peer-reviewed and under contract to an AAUP press or other non-profit publisher press that adheres to the AAUP best practices for peer review.
  • Published as open-access texts with a Creative Commons license by a publisher that has agreed to work within the guidelines of the initiative. (See the list of publishers here.) Publishers may also issue print editions for sale.

Deadline: October 16, 2017

Applications will be available September 1, 2017. Notifications begin on or about December 5, 2017.

Eligibility

We invite applications from faculty in full-time positions at NYU in the humanities or humanistic social sciences who have completed a monograph and have a book contract in hand from a participating publisher. Special consideration is given to faculty at the early stages of their career.

Funding

Up to $15,000 per successful application, to be provided to the publisher to support the costs of publishing and dissemination of the open-access (i.e., free to readers) digital edition.

Application Instructions

All application components must be submitted electronically via the online application.

1. Applicant Information

Applicants will be asked to include personal information, including full title, department, and school.

2. Project Information

Applicants will be asked to include the title of the project and the key dates of publication in addition to the documents listed below.

Statement of Purpose (Word Document or PDF)

In no more than 1000 words, submit a statement of the work’s intellectual purpose and significance, and its appropriateness for the values supported by this initiative. In addition, applications should address the following questions:

Why is open access (OA) valuable for this particular book?
Describe your publisher’s other open access activities, if any.
Describe the author’s other open access activities, if any.
How will your publisher make the OA edition available?
How will the author and the publisher work to promote the open access edition?

Contract (Word Document or PDF)

Include a copy of your publication contract.

Selection Criteria & Review Process

Each proposal is reviewed by the selection committee and will be evaluated in accordance with the applicant’s statement of the work’s intellectual purpose and significance, and its appropriateness for the values supported by this initiative.