January 23, 2022

Stanford University Press Digital Publishing Initiative Awarded $1.15 Million/Three-Year Grant by the Mellon Foundation to Implement Phase 2 of Program

From Stanford University Press:

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.


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 [Interactive Scholarly Works], 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.


The impact of the new digital channel for publication is already being experienced. “I am particularly pleased that for at least two of our authors, the publication of their ISWs has already had a direct effect on their tenure and promotion cases,” says Acquisitions Editor Friederike Sundaram. “Offering researchers the opportunity to innovate without having to step back from their career needs in a rigorous and well-established ecosystem of evaluation and accreditation has been a core goal of this program.”


Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Direct to SupDigital Blog

See Also: We Encourage You Take a Look at and Consider Using (when appropriate) Webrecorder! It’s a freely accessible web archiving tool.

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