Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Period of Performance

4/1/2012 - 7/31/2013

Funding Totals

$24,923.00 (approved)
$24,923.00 (awarded)

Encouraging digital scholarly publishing in the Humanities

FAIN: HD-51539-12

North Georgia College and State University (Dahlonega, GA 30597-0001)
Bonnie Robinson (Project Director: October 2011 to April 2014)

A workshop for directors of university presses and experts in publishing and peer review working toward developing a sustainable model to increase both institutional and technical support for publishing born-digital, book-length scholarly monographs in humanities topics, especially for small university presses.

With Level 1 funding, the University Press of North Georgia will explore the peer review process for publishing born-digital book length scholarly monographs in the humanities in order to encourage their support, acceptance, and use in academia. The expected result will be an increase in the creation and dissemination of scholarly research in the humanities, thus positively assisting scholars and university administrators involved in the tenure process, as well as editors, librarians, and graduate students. Our project will leverage the expertise available at small university presses and build their capacity to encourage more scholarly publishing in the humanities. We will utilize a current working group of university presses focused on electronic publishing, the Consortium of Open Access Textbooks, and partner specifically with the University Press of Florida, Wayne State University Press, and the University Press of Akron to complete this project.

Media Coverage

University Press receives grant of nearly $25,000 for digital publishing (Media Coverage)
Publication: North Georgia News
Date: 4/10/2012

NGCSU University Press receives grant of nearly $25,000 (Media Coverage)
Publication: Access North Georgia
Date: 4/10/2012
URL: http://

Encouraging Digital Publishing in the Humanities: A Report on an NEH-sponsored Workshop (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Adeline Koh
Publication: The Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: 1/15/2013
Abstract: How is the world of academic publishing adapting to the move from print to digital? This has already been the subject of numerous ProfHacker articles, including a report on THATCamp publishing, and my series of interviews with academic libraries and presses on Digital Challenges to Academic Publishing.

Digital publishing initiatives bring grant (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Mike Marshall
Publication: News @ UNG
Date: 2/26/2013
Abstract: In today’s digital world, information is often accessed at high speeds via the internet rather than by book or essay—a trend that is affecting change in areas where more traditional forms of publishing have existed for decades. Higher education is no exception, and Dr. Bonnie Robinson, professor of English at the University of North Georgia, has helped bridge the gap for the University Press by developing digital initiatives and helping to secure a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The University Press is a scholarly, peer-reviewed press used to promote education, research, and intellectual activity, and provides students an environment to gain experience in publishing and marketing.

Associated Products

Workshop: Peer Review Processes for Digital Media (Blog Post)
Title: Workshop: Peer Review Processes for Digital Media
Author: Corey Parson
Abstract: The University Press of North Georgia (UPNG), a scholarly press operated by North Georgia College & State University, is holding a workshop on peer review. This workshop is supported by the NEH Digital Start Up grant and will provide information that is useful to stakeholders in the peer review process, including university administrators, scholars, and professionals of the Humanities. Directors of the University of Florida, the University of Akron, and Wayne State University presses will also be attending this informative and groundbreaking workshop.
Date: 11/01/2012
Primary URL:
Website: University Press of North Georgia

Peer Review Explained (Blog Post)
Title: Peer Review Explained
Author: Christopher Shull
Abstract: A question we are often asked here at the University Press is “What is this peer review thing and why is it so important?” The Oxford English Dictionary defines peer review as “The review of commercial, professional, or academic efficiency, competence, etc., by others in the same occupation” In publishing, it is the resulting professional or academic article or manuscript that is reviewed or “refereed,” a term associated with Peer Review. And in doing so, the writer(s)’ competency in the subject is reviewed.
Date: 11/05/2012
Primary URL:
Website: University Press of North Georgia