Collaborative Publishing Projects

AAUP members take part in a number of collaborative and cooperative publishing projects—within institutions, across institutions, and between presses.

Recent Projects and Initiatives

ACLS Humanities E-Book Project
Humanities E-Book is a digital collection of 2,200 full-text titles offered by the ACLS in collaboration with nineteen learned societies, nearly 100 contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michigan’s Scholarly Publishing Office. Forty-five AAUP members contribute to the Project. The result is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the Humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars and featuring unlimited multi-user access and free, downloadable MARC records.

American Literatures Initiative (ALI)
This initiative will publish emerging scholars’ first books in the English-language literatures of Central and North America and the Caribbean. A shared, centralized, external editorial service will be created to handle all editorial and production aspects of ALI books. New York University Press, Fordham University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press, and the University of Virginia Press were awarded a 2008 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for the ALI.

Archaeology of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative
In 2009, six AAUP members were awarded a planning grant from the Mellon Foundation to develop a digital collection of archaeology scholarship on the Americas. The AADMI was intended to give scholars and professional archaeologists the ability to review data not commonly found in conventionally published volumes. Participating publishers were the University Press of Colorado, Texas A&M University Press, University of Alabama Press, University of Arizona Press, University Press of Florida, and University of Utah Press.

Art History Publishing Initiative
Four university presses (Duke University Press, Pennsylvania State University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, University of Washington Press) were awarded a five-year, $1,257,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to publish 40 first books by art history scholars. The initiative aims to make art historical scholarship more widely accessible in both print and electronic forms. Read the January 2011 announcement.

California Studies Initiative
The University of California Press was awarded a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in partnership with the UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), the UC California Studies Consortium (UCCSC), and the California Digital Library (CDL). The press and its partner institutions received $722,000 to fund a strategic initiative in California Studies. The grant will support the creation of a journal, a working papers collection, and an annual conference in this emerging field. Read the April 2009 announcement.

Early American Places
Three AAUP members—the University of Georgia Press, NYU Press, and Northern Illinois University Press—received a 2009 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to fund a collaborative book series. The $648,000 five-year grant supports the publication of revised dissertations on early North American History. The collaborating presses’ responsibilities are divided geographically.

Ethnomusicology Multimedia
Indiana University Press, Kent State University Press, and Temple University Press are collaborating on the development of an innovative series of first books in ethnomusicology to be accompanied by a web-based platform for hosting audio and video materials integral to the authors’ research. The publishers are working with Indiana University's Ethnomusicological Video for Instruction and Analysis Digital Archive (EVIADA) and Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities (IDAH) to develop software for the project. EM received both planning and implementation grants from the Mellon Foundation, the first publications are expected in 2011. Read the October 2009 announcement.

First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a $1-million collaborative grant for the publication of first books in the field of Indigenous Studies to the University of Arizona Press, the University of North Carolina Press, the University of Minnesota Press, and Oregon State University Press. The grant will support junior scholars as they develop their first books and will allow them to participate in a centralized and dedicated marketing effort. The presses aim to publish 40 books during the grant's four-year funding period.

Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World
A grant for the establishment of a new book series that will publish first books in folklore studies was awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in partnership with the American Folklore Society.

The History Cooperative
Four leaders in historical scholarship and cutting-edge technology joined forces in 2000 to create a premier resource for historians on the Web. The American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the University of Illinois Press, and the National Academy Press have launched the History Cooperative, where for the first time, the full text of current issues of the American Historical Review and the Journal of American History was available electronically to members of the AHA and OAH and to institutions that subscribe to the print versions of the journals. More than 20 additional history journals have joined the Cooperative, as well as numerous conference proceedings and the Booker T. Washington Papers Online from the University of Illinois Press.

History of Science Initiative
University of Pittsburgh Press and partners the University of Pittsburgh Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of History’s World History Center were awarded a five-year, $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to pursue a book publishing initiative in the history of science.

Modern Language Initiative (MLI)
In February 2009, the Mellon Foundation awarded a collaborative publishing grant of $1.16 million to Fordham University Press, University of California Press (FlashPoints series), University of Pennsylvania Press, University of Virginia Press, and University of Washington Press. The initiative will focus on the publication of scholarly books on the literatures of the non-Anglophone world.

Project Euclid
Duke University Press and Cornell University Library have established a joint venture to expand and enhance the services provided by Project Euclid. Since its launch in 2003, Project Euclid has been recognized worldwide as a premiere online environment for the distribution of high-impact, peer-reviewed literature in theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. Project Euclid features searchable PDF article files, COUNTER 2– and SUSHI-compliant usage statistics, interoperability through the Open Archives Initiative, and full-text searches across the entire collection.

Project MUSE
Project MUSE provides online, institutional, worldwide subscription access to the current full text and more than 10 years of selected archives for more than 400 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. Established in 1995, MUSE is managed by the Johns Hopkins University Press, in collaboration with the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University and the almost 100 participating university press and not-for-profit publishers. MUSE currently offers six journal collections to meet the needs of a variety of library subscribers, with a tiered, affordable pricing model and library-friendly license terms.

Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement
The University of North Carolina Press and UNC Chapel Hill were awarded a three-year Mellon grant for this innovative print and digital publication project. Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement seeks to inspire scholarly collaboration and develop new ways of creating and sharing scholarship on the civil rights movement.

The University of Minnesota Press and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota have received funding for a interdisciplinary research and publication project, which will create research residencies for scholars and endeavor to publish the fruits of such research. Quadrant will itself be composed of four collaborative groups: Design and Architecture, Environmental Sustainability, Global Cultures, and Health and Society.

Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought
Cornell University Press, partnering with Cornell University Library and Cornell faculty in the Departments of German Studies, Comparative Literature, History, Music and Philosophy launched a new English-language book series covering the literature, culture, criticism and intellectual history of the German-speaking world ­ will be published in electronic format and in short print runs backed up by trade-quality bound books produced on a print-on-demand basis. The innovative cross-campus model involves extensive collaboration between the partners. With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the full text of many of the Signale books will be available online for free.

Slavic Studies
The University of Wisconsin Press, Northwestern University Press, and the University of Pittsburgh Press received Mellon Foundation funding to allow the three presses to publish and promote first monographs in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies by junior scholars, helping those scholars in developing their careers by supporting their development as authors and arranging for book tours.

South Asia Across the Disciplines
Columbia University Press, the University of California Press, and the University of Chicago Press received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for South Asia Across the Disciplines. The initiative will focus on giving scholars increased access to archival materials, exploring new methods and theories, and foster cross-discipline scholarship that is both broad and deep. The initiative, will build upon the strength of each university’s faculty, appointing Dipesh Chakrabarty (Chicago, history), Sheldon Pollock (Columbia, literature), and Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA, history) as series editors. The aim is to publish six monographs per year, with each press responsible for two series editions.

UPCC/MUSE Editions
The University Press Content Consortium is a partnership between UPeC (the Mellon-funded University Press e-Book Consortium) and Project MUSE, to make digital collections of university press monographs available. The UPCC collections are expected to launch in January 2012.

University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)
Oxford University Press revamped its Oxford Scholarship Online platform to support the e-book collections of other non-profit scholarly publishers. Fordham University Press was the first press to join the UPSO project.