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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Consortial digital press dedicated to OA

Computers and Composition Digital Press is a new "open access, peer-reviewed, online press" jointly supported by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Miami University, and Ohio State University and affiliated with the Institute for the Future of the Book.  (Thanks to Screen Space.)

From the about page:

Computers and Composition Digital Press (CCDP) is committed to publishing innovative, multimodal, e-books and digital projects.  The Press will also publish ebooks (print texts in electronic form available for reading online or for downloading); however, we are particularly interested in digital projects that cannot be printed on paper, but that have the same intellectual heft as a book.

The goal of the Press is to honor the traditional academic values of rigorous peer review and intellectual excellence, but also to combine such work with a commitment to innovative digital scholarship and expression.  For the Editors, the Press represents an important  kind of scholarly activism —an effort to circulate the best work of digital media scholars in a timely fashion and on the global scale made possible by digital distribution.

From the CFP:

The mission of Computers and Composition Digital Press (CCDP) is to ensure open access to information for scholars worldwide and to provide a venue for the Web publication of peer-reviewed scholarly projects in a wide-variety of forms (ranging from primarily textual/verbal ebooks to integrated multimedia projects incorporating video, audio, animation, etc.)...The editors of CCDP invite proposals that address the use, impact, and study of digital media, spaces, and practices....

While the history of the CCDP says the press was founded in 2007, the home page of Heide McKee, a member of editorial board, says it didn't officially open until March 2008.