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Publishing Without Walls: Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment


PWW is a digital scholarly publishing initiative that is scholar-driven, openly accessible, scalable, and sustainable. PWW will directly engage with you throughout the research process. It aims to build publishing models that can be supported locally by a university’s library, while also opening new avenues toward publication through university presses and other publishers.

PWW is here to help scholars navigate the new opportunities presented by collaborative, multi-modal, and interim phase works.

PWW is now launching two new series: one focusing on the outcomes of the Humanities Without Walls Global Midwest initiative and another concentrating on African American Studies with targeted outreach to scholars from HBCUs and memory institutions specializing in African American history and culture. We encourage interested scholars to consult with our project team on potential publications with PWW.

PWW is especially seeking innovative digital publication projects, including enriched scholarly editions, annotated/mediated archival collections, thematic scholarly research collections, data visualizations, special editions of journals, and multi-authored multimedia texts, among others.

The University of Illinois Library is leading the PWW initiative in partnership with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the African American Studies Department. This project is generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Read more at the project site.

Project PI(s)

PI: John Wilkin (University Library); co-PI: Ronald Bailey (African American Studies Department); co-PI: Antoinette Burton (Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities); co-PI: Allen Renear (iSchool at Illinois); Project Manager: Megan Senseney (iSchool at Illinois)
Project Contact: Megan Senseney
Funded by: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Research Area(s)

Digital Humanities
Activities in this domain include research and education initiatives focused on data and data skills for humanists, as well as different aspects of electronic publishing, markup schemas, and text-mini…

Project Team

Allen Renear (Co-PI)
Megan Senseney (Project Coordinator)