by Allison Levy and Sarah McKee
An exploration of the current and future landscape of digital scholarly publishing, this paper reports the findings of a spring 2021 summit co-hosted by Brown University and Emory University on multimodal digital monographs. With its focus on scholarly content, the summit convened scholars, academic staff experts, and representatives from university presses. Case studies of eight recently published or in-development works provided the basis for in-depth, evidence-based discussions about the most pressing concerns and challenges facing stakeholders in digital scholarly publishing today. In particular, participants considered questions of cross-institutional collaboration, community engagement, professional development, open access, peer review, metadata and discoverability, preservation, and sustainability. Although the summit focused on a selection of projects supported by the Mellon Foundation’s Digital Monographs Initiative, the presentations and generative discussions that followed raised important concerns and opportunities that extend well beyond the initial aims of the featured projects. A key objective of this report is to promote greater inclusion and equitable access of diverse voices as the development, validation, and dissemination of multimodal digital monographs continues to unfold. Thus, this report serves as a starting point, to acknowledge the work that is already under way, to learn what we can from it, and to seek viable, sustainable means of furthering our shared mission to increase the visibility and reach of humanities scholarship to audiences both within and beyond the academy.