May 26, 2022

Stanford University Press Pioneering Digital Academic Publishing Through Innovative Program

From Stanford University:

Stanford University Press is redefining the world of traditional academic publishing through an innovative publishing program.

Stanford University Press is exploring new publishing channels for digital scholarship. Its digital publishing initiative is aimed toward helping scholars convey their ideas using emerging media and digital tools while conferring the same level of academic credibility on digital projects as print books typically receive.

The press was the first academic publishing group to offer scholars a way to publish and peer review academic research that involves digital tools not usually found in online journals. The idea for the program, launched last year with the help of a $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, came out of press director Alan Harvey’s desire to “break the box of publishing.”

“I wanted to push against all of the boundaries,” said Harvey, who has overseen several digital initiatives in his 15 years at the press. “We were already doing innovative online work and planned to do more.”

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See Also: Stanford University Press Awarded $1.2 Million for the Publishing of Interactive Scholarly Works (January 2015)

See Also: Enchanting the Desert (2016) was published by Stanford University Press as the pilot project in their Interactive Scholarly Works publishing initiative.

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