How should I submit my proposal?
Please email 500-1000 word proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your proposal should address:
- a description of the project’s argument and scholarly significance
- digital collections/ tools you intend to use
- potential technical approaches
- anticipated audience
Include a C.V. along with your prospectus. Deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 31, 2013.
- Civil War America: partners include Visualizing Emancipation, Valley of the Shadow, and the University of Florida Digital Collections’ Florida and the Civil War
- 19th-Century Studies: partners include many of the NINES federated projects, and the University of Florida Digital Collections’ The Parkman Dexter Howe Library and Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature
- Classical Studies: partners include Perseus, ORBIS, and Homer Multitext
Also keep in mind that partnerships will continue to develop and that you’re not limited to working solely with partnering collections.
What are the benefits of working with Anvil’s Built Upon partner archives?
We are inviting partner archives to take part in the peer review process, evaluating scholars’ work overall and, in particular, the use to which they have put the archive’s materials. We further encourage partners to provide limited technical assistance to authors. Finally, we hope that partners will support outreach and promotion efforts by bringing attention to relevant works published in the Built Upon series.
Will Anvil provide technical assistance when it comes to developing my project?
While Anvil will not be offering direct development support of projects, we are working to facilitate technical support from partner institutions. That said, project proposals will be reviewed both for their scholarly and their technical feasibility.
How will the review process work?
Proposals will be reviewed by Anvil staff and representatives from its editorial board along with input from archive partners. If proposals meet the review criteria, authors will be invited to submit full projects. All project submissions will be rigorously vetted by members of our editorial board and other expert reviewers, other contributors to the collection, and the scholarly community through an open review process. (We are using a process similar to that employed by Writing History in the Digital Age, edited by Kristen Nawrotzki and Jack Dougherty and forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press.)
How will the final Built Upon works be published?
We will publish Built Upon contributions as clusters of works linked by broad theme, probably using the WordPress platform, which allows for embedding media, hyperlinking, commentary and conversation, and interactivity. The collection will also likely be packaged for download to mobile devices.
If a work proves too complex for publication on Anvil’s platform, authors may contribute a rich description of the work to the Anvil cluster and link to the full version.
How will Anvil handle possible copyright restrictions?
Authors are responsible for securing any necessary copyright permissions or for providing clear evidence that usage falls within fair use guidelines
Are there specific page length requirements?
As a digital publication, Built Upon does not face the same page restrictions as do print publications. However, authors should be mindful of limits in readers’ time and attention and strive to produce tight, coherent arguments.
Can I collaborate with others in producing this work?
Absolutely! We encourage collaboratively authored works, including works that involve collaborations among content experts and technical experts. See the Collaborators’ Bill of Rights for suggestions about how to approach collaboration.