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Funding for Open Access

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Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory College Office of Faculty is proud to offer subventions to faculty for the open access publication of scholarly monographs.

These subventions make it possible for presses to release an open access online edition of an author's monograph at the same time as it is made available for purchase in conventional print and/or e-book formats. Tenure-track faculty within ECAS are eligible to receive support for the open access publication of new works of long-form scholarship. Subventions are worth up to $15,000 each and are paid directly to the publisher. Faculty members should already have a publisher for their work at the time that they apply. Explore the publications we've supported to date.

Why publish open access?

  • Reach more readers. Views and downloads of open access scholarly books are more than ten times higher than the print sales of comparable titles. At the same time, the print editions of open access books sell just as well as non-open books. This is because the major purchasers of scholarly monographs are research libraries. Read more.
  • Reach different readers. Open access books make scholarship immediately available to new audiences, including international readers, students, researchers at smaller institutions, and non-academic audiences. Many scholars who have published their books open access observe a marked increase in the number and diversity of invitations for professional activities such as talks.
  • Track the impact of your work. Digital publication means more access to user data, including where readers are located and which parts of your work are receiving most attention. Digital publication options include (but do not necessitate) the integration of commenting and annotation functions, which can shed light on how your work is being interpreted and provide new opportunities for engagement with readers.
  • Support equitable access to learning. The principle of open access is that the financial resources and institutional affiliations of readers should not be gatekeepers to their pursuit of knowledge and understanding. Open access grant programs such as Emory's shift the funding burden away from the reader and toward a funding institution.

Read the reflections of Emory authors on their choice to publish open access.