Mellon's Monograph Initiative and the Reassembling of Scholarly Communications [Munch & Mull Digital Scholarship Discussion Group]
Monographs, long the apex of scholarly accomplishment in the humanities, have faced a crisis in recent years -- from diminishing markets for publishing these scholarly works, to insufficient technologies for capturing and disseminating the range of digitally inflected scholarship emerging from the humanities. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Scholarly Communications Initiative awarded several grants (2014-2015) to encourage innovation and capacity-building in scholarly monograph publishing. "Reassembling Scholarly Communications," a 2017 report on this endeavor published by members of the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing in The Journal of Electronic Publishing (volume 20, issue 1), uses final reports from those sponsored projects, conversations with project grantees, and a critical examination of these alongside discourse of the Mellon Foundation, to raise questions and highlight assumptions that underlie this initiative and its results. As part of The Edge's 2017-2018 series, Re: Publishing, this M&M discussion will examine these assumptions and the report findings, consider the implications for humanities publishing, and pose questions for ourselves about how long-form scholarship can be rewarded and sustained.
Munch & Mull is a Libraries-based discussion group that holds weekly, informal, brown-bag lunch conversations around issues, projects, methods, and trends in digital scholarship. All are welcome!
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