Do you have a publishing or digital humanities unit in your library? Do you advise authors on their book contracts? In June 2017, Emory University and the University of Michigan released the final version of a model publishing contract (modelpublishingcontract.org/) which is optimized for the publication of long-form digital scholarship, and can be adapted for open access monographs and fully digital projects. The Model Publishing Contract is freely available via a CC0 License to allow interested parties to adapt and adopt it for their own use, and was developed over a year-long process with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Model Publishing Contract is a natural extension of previous Mellon Foundation-funded investigations at both Emory University and the University of Michigan, which explored the future of the monograph in the digital era and how institutional subventions might be used to fund book-length scholarship in the humanities, respectively. In this session, Lisa Macklin describes the Model Publishing Contract within the context of a changing publication landscape, including examples of how the Model Publishing Contract may be adapted for different types of publications.
NOTE: This video was edited to remove a technology glitch that delayed the start of the 'live' presentation.