We are pleased to announce the third round of the DARIAH annual book bursary for the Open Access publication of early career researchers’ monographs in Digital Humanities. An innovation of this year’s call is that all monographs qualify for a bursary from this year on, not only first monographs. However, first monographs will enjoy priority and get a bonus point during the evaluation. The bursary aims to serve as a modest but immediate contribution to ease the current anomalies in Open Access publication funds that are usually not inclusive of monographs and support those who are less privileged in this respect but could possibly achieve the biggest change in academic culture and beyond.
By doing so, DARIAH-EU aims to further strengthen its long-standing commitment to paving paths towards open research culture as it specifically pertains to arts and humanities disciplines and to enabling early career researchers, who are usually less privileged in institutional Open Access grants, to openly disseminate their monographs in book series that are topically most relevant for their field of interest.
In terms of publishing venues, the bursary aims to support community-driven, fair players and therefore publication in a DOAB certified, fair Open Access publication venue with transparent pricing and in alignment with the SPARC Good Practice Principles with Scholarly Communication Services is set as an absolute eligibility criterion.
You can find important deadlines and eligibility criteria below.
Eligibility criteria and evaluation workflow
Criteria regarding the APPLICANTS:
- The call is open for Early Career Researchers* who wish to publish their first monograph Open Access.
- The call is exclusive for Early Career Researchers whose PhDs are awarded (or to be awarded) in DARIAH member countries or are having professional affiliation (academic or alt-ac) in a DARIAH member country.
- The DARIAH affiliation of the author or a funding statement must be clearly identifiable in the publication, preferably even as part of the metadata.
*We follow the European Research Council’s definition of ECRs: Researchers up to 7 years after PhD, including doctoral candidates who did not earn their title yet.
Criteria regarding the topic of the BOOK:
- Field: Digital Humanities (defined in the broad sense of the theory and practice of developing, applying and reflecting upon digital tools, methods and assets in humanities research).
- Refundable are Open Access monographs that have not been published previously. PhD dissertations deposited in institutional repositories and/or published on microfilms are also eligible with the agreement of the publisher.
- Enclosing an Expression of interest letter from the publisher is a must.
Criteria regarding the VENUE and FORMAT:
- Funding will be granted only if the publisher provides transparent calculation for the invoiced Open Access costs. Open Access Publication costs must be shown separately on the invoice.
- The publisher should be listed as an open-access publisher, e.g. in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).
- The publisher should operate in alignment with the SPARC Good Practice Principles with Scholarly Communication Services.
- Publishers who provide Persistent Identifiers to OA books are preferred.
- Innovative forms of publication (those going beyond the PDF, e.g. networked monographs and those including data, TEI/XML encodings etc.) will be encouraged.
- Retrospective Open Access (i.e. turning a closed-access monograph into Open Access post publication) is fundable within two years from the first publication of the monograph.
Criteria regarding the ACCESS CONDITIONS:
- In order to receive funding, all parts of the submitted publication must be openly accessible free of charge immediately and completely as soon as they are published.
- The publication must be published under a Creative Commons license (preferably the Creative Commons Attribution CC BY but more restrictive Creative Commons licenses are also possible).
Details of the FUNDING:
- Publication costs will be covered up to the maximum of 7,000 EUR (incl. VAT). In exceptional cases and with sufficient justification, a maximum of 500 EUR extension is possible (for instance, extra charges for a CC-BY license).
- The combination of funding with other sources is not possible.
- The funding is strictly available for Open Access publishing cost. Support for the cost of printing or typesetting is not available.
- The funding approval is valid for a period of 12 months after signing the grant agreement. If the publication has not been published within that period, the applicant will have to submit a new application.
- Recipients should be responsible for the agreement on the fee and contract with the publisher.
- Beneficiaries are required to add a DARIAH funding acknowledgement in the books following the template specified in the grant agreement. Beneficiaries are also invited to present their work at a dedicated session at the DARIAH Annual Event. The travel costs to join the DARIAH Annual Event will be reimbursed by DARIAH.
- The Open Access publication grant cannot be used to cover other, publishing-related costs such as copyediting.
Evaluation of the submissions happens in two stages:
- Only those applications that come with a letter of interest from the publisher will be considered.
- Filtering/decision making is done by a dedicated committee (composed of one member of the DARIAH Board of Directors, DARIAH’s Open Science Officer and one external member) based on the book proposal + one chapter.
- Application deadline: 30 November 2023
- Announcement of the winner: end of January 2024
- Setting up and signature of an agreement between DARIAH and the author: February/March 2024
- Start of the project: upon signature of the agreement
- Duration: 1 year
Applications should be submitted at email@example.com
List of the documents to be submitted:
- Letter of interest from the publisher
- Book proposal
- One chapter of the manuscript.