Call for Proposals from Faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Cincinnati is participating in a new initiative, the

Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative

, of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) that is designed to advance the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and social sciences faculty by promoting and publishing free, open access, digital editions of peer-reviewed, professional monographs.

The Office of the Provost will award three grants of up to $15,000 each year for the next five years to support the publication of original long-form monographs by

participating publishers


The internal review committee is now accepting proposals.


  • Full-time faculty in the humanities and social sciences at any UC campus are eligible. All co-authors must be UC faculty.

Proposal Materials and Submission Guidelines

 Applications must include the following:

  • An abstract and description of the manuscript, including identification of the intended audience/market, explanation of the distinct contribution the book makes to a field or area of study, and brief explanation of how the project will benefit from being open access (2-3 pages)
  • Annotated table of contents with brief chapter descriptions (1-2 pages)
  • An introduction or sample chapter
  • Length of the manuscript in words, including notes and bibliography
  • Number and type (color, b/w, maps, tables, etc.) of illustrations, if any
  • Any supplemental or collateral material (data sets, videos, audio that could be included)
  • Status of the manuscript
  • Subject categories
  • List of presses to which the manuscript will be submitted
  • Curriculum vitae or resume      

Proposals must consist of a single Word or PDF file submitted to Sharon Boyle at by Oct. 2, 2017.

Review Process
An internal review committee consisting of faculty members in the humanities and social sciences and a member of the Office of the Provost will review proposals to select the three award recipients. The review committee encourages the submission of original research that contributes new ideas to the humanities and social sciences and which would benefit from a large readership. Recipients will be notified on or around Nov. 15 and will have 30 days to submit the monograph to a publisher for review.

Key Contacts
Application Guidelines Questions:
Keisha Love
Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Strategic Initiatives

Submission of Manuscript Proposals, Open Access Copyright Questions:
Mark Konecny
Scholarly Communication Library Publishing Services Coordinator

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