Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards Grant to Stanford University Press Digital Publishing Initiative

Monday, July 8, 2019

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards Grant to Stanford University Press Digital Publishing Initiative

A proposal to continue the development of a digital publishing initiative at Stanford University has been awarded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Modeling how humanistic and social science research is presented and disseminated online, the Stanford University Press initiative is rethinking scholarly communication for the digital age.

The Stanford University Press program of Interactive Scholarly Works (ISWs) is recognized in the academic publishing world as a frontrunner in digital publishing, setting standards of composition, peer review, production, marketing, archiving, and preservation. Phase 1 of this program, also funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, published four interactive scholarly works, with this first batch of publications released via supDigital.org. During this initial phase, Stanford University Press considered dozens of submissions, conducted peer review on a carefully selected group, and proceeded to develop and produce these projects to the highest standards.

With Phase 2 funding, Stanford University Press will continue to build its program of ISWs, accelerating its reach and solidifying its brand. These efforts will result in a total of twenty publications released over the next three years, constituting a broad and diverse corpus that provides publishers, authors and institutions with concrete examples of how this new form of scholarly communication can be adopted as part of the academic considerations and evaluations of 21st-century research. The Phase 2 grant also includes a sub-award for a partnership with Rhizome, whose Webrecorder tool is already being implemented by the Press in its archiving efforts. Preservation and persistence continue to be crucial for ensuring ISWs endure within the scholarly record...

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