Welcome back to the University Press Week blog tour! Today we feature a guest post by Journals Acquisitions Editor Erich Staib and Project Euclid Manager Mira Waller. We have selected Project Euclid as our submission to the gallery of university press innovations, Ideas Unbound. Below they explain why. The blog tour begins today at MIT Press, where Editorial Director Gita Manaktala writes about the possibilities of the web MIT Press authors are using for scholarship, finding newly mediated ways to teach, conduct research, present data, and engage with various publics.Then head to Texas A&M University Press. Next University of Georgia Press features their Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation series. At University of Pennsylvania Press, acquisitions editors discuss the foundations and future of some of the press's key subject areas. And then go to University of Toronto Press for a diiscussion of their Medieval and Renaissance Studies lists. And finally, at Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Cheryl Lousley, editor of the Environmental Humanities series, writes about the engagement of environmental issues through the humanities disciplines, such as literature, film, and media studies.
At times it can be easy to forget that a university’s library and press are of the same family. Bridging the gap between their differing, and long-established, cultures and operations can be tricky at best. Add inter-institutional cooperation into the mix and finding a way for the two to partner productively seems even more elusive. Project Euclid is not only a successful inter-institutional venture between Cornell University Library and Duke University Press, it is a-one-of-a-kind, discipline-specific publishing platform, and, therefore, is our innovation pick for University Press Week.
By providing both a feature-rich online hosting service and a growing collection of curated content, Project Euclid is uniquely able to support all types of mathematics and statistics publications. This includes well-established journals with substantial circulation, smaller journals with fewer resources, open-access publications, monograph series, and digitized book collections.
The end result is a vibrant online information community for independent and society publishers.
Project Euclid is a bright signal to the scholarly communication community of what is achievable when two diverse academic institutions come together and work collaboratively to leverage their complementary strengths.