With generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Michigan (U-M) and Indiana University at Bloomington (IU) have released the results of a study examining new models for supporting humanities book publishing. Read the full report in Deep Blue.
The work examines how a system of monographic publication fully funded by subventions from authors’ parent institutions might function. Two case studies, one at each university, form the core of the study. In each case, focus groups with faculty members and semi-structured interviews with senior administrators were used to elicit the reactions of key stakeholders to several proposed implementation models. The results of these were supplemented by analysis of university administrative records to discover how many books humanities faculty publish per year and which publishers they partner with. A financial study of monograph production costs at Indiana University Press and the University of Michigan Press established a reasonable per monograph cost. And finally, the authors estimate the potential annual expense of implementing an author subvention system at each university.