Backlist Rights and Permissions Project

A project assessing the rights and permissions landscape of the University of Michigan Press backlist: more than 4,000 titles.

Lever Press

Michigan Publishing, Amherst College Press, and more than 40 pledging liberal arts college libraries have joined together in a five-year commitment to establish Lever Press, a new publishing initiative aligned with the mission and ethos of liberal arts colleges, committed to platinum open access, and focused on digital modes of scholarship.

Samvera/Fedora Mellon Project

A three-year grant project to support the development of a new platform that will enable the publication and preservation of digitally enriched humanities monographs.


Altmetric Pilot

A two-year pilot with Altmetric to help us analyze, understand, and measure the impact of our publications in scholarly and public discourse.

Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain

A one-year evidence-based study of how free ebooks are discovered and used. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in collaboration with Open Book Publisher, Open Humanities Press, and the Free Ebook Foundation.

Model Publishing Contract for Long-Form Digital Scholarship

A one-year project led by Emory University to develop a model contract and relevant addenda optimized for the publication of long-form digital scholarship. Generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Study of Humanities Book Subventions at Two Institutions

A joint effort by the University of Michigan and Indiana University at Bloomington to study new models for supporting humanities book publishing. Generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Surveying the Scalability of OA Monographs the Humanities and Social Sciences

In June of 2016 the University of Michigan Library (U-M Library) and Knowledge Unlatched (KU) began a collaboration “to study and overcome remaining obstacles to the spread of open access scholarly publishing in the humanities and social sciences.” One product of this partnership will be a survey of academic librarians in the United States conducted by Christopher Barnes, PhD, a fellow at U-M Library and an LIS student in the School of Information. The survey, to be released toward the end of November,  will target librarians involved in the decision-making process behind participation in open access (OA) initiatives targeting monographs in the humanities and social sciences (HSS).