The Subvention of Publication Program is intended to support faculty in the publication of books and/or monographs that are of significant scholarly value, whether the prospective audience may be broad or somewhat limited. The program is especially interested in supporting works of the highest academic quality, which have been accepted at university or other outstanding presses that are highly selective in what they publish. Subventions are considered to be particularly appropriate in cases where publication costs are unusually high due to artwork, maps, photographs, permissions, dust jacket artwork, and other special production elements. The subject matter of the book/monograph may be in any discipline.
The Subvention of Publication Program is jointly administered by the Associate Vice Provost for Research and Falvey Memorial Library.
Successful awardees are expected to acknowledge support from Villanova University in their published book/monograph and to provide a copy of the published book/ monograph to Falvey Memorial Library.
The Subvention of Publication Program is intended to support the scholarly productivity of tenured and tenure-track faculty. Adjunct, research, or visiting faculty are not eligible. Priority will be given to tenure-track Assistant Professors, followed by tenured Associate Professors, and finally Professors. When the anticipated book/monograph is to be coauthored with faculty from other institutions, the expectation is that all authors/institutions will proportionately support the subvention costs.
It is anticipated that awards will rarely surpass $2,000. Requests for support in excess of $2,000 may be considered, but such requests must provide adequate and compelling justification. Awards may be used to support indexing only if a professional indexer is to be retained. Support for editing is allowable only if the contract specifically states that editing is the responsibility of the author(s). In such instances, award funds may be used only for retaining a professional editor.
Non-allowable expenses include support for: textbooks, travel, student/technical/clerical, faculty salary/compensation, advertising and promotion, purchase of copies, cost of translating existing books or monographs into a foreign language or republication of a previously published book, multi-author works for which the applicant serves as editor. The Subvention of Publication Program is not intended to cover the cost of page charges for scholarly publications in professional/technical journals or to cover the costs of open-access publications. For the latter, faculty should consider applying to the Scholarship Open Access Reserve (SOAR) Fund (http://library.villanova.edu/about/projects/open/).
All proposals must include the following:
1. A description of the book or monograph (not to exceed one single-spaced page). The description should describe the conception and definition of the project. Explain the basic ideas or questions explored, the approach or line of argument taken, and the relationship of the project to the applicant’s immediate and long-range research program and/or creative objectives. Describe the significance of the book/monograph and the scholarly or general audiences it seeks to engage. Provide information about the publisher, such as prominence in the field, acceptance rate, etc. The description should be written in plain language, free of jargon, and be understandable to someone who might not have specialized knowledge of the applicant’s area of study.
2. Proposed budget, itemized by categories of expense.
3. A signed, current copy of the contract with the publisher or in cases where the finalized contract is contingent of funding, a communication from the potential publisher that describes the nature of potential agreement
4. A current curriculum vitae
Proposal Review: Proposals will be reviewed by a Review Committee of two accomplished faculty scholars each serving three-year terms. The Director of Falvey Memorial Library or her designee will be another member of the Review Committee. Key considerations during proposal review will include:
Proposals may be submitted at any time, and will be reviewed as they are received. Submit a SINGLE PDF file containing all combined documents directly to the Chair of the Review Committee. The subject heading of the email message should include the faculty member’s last name and Subvention, e.g., Smith Subvention.pdf. Proposers will receive confirmation of receipt. Hard copies will not be accepted.
Questions about proposal preparation or review can be addressed to the Chair of the Review Committee. You may also contact any member of the Review Committee for advice about proposal preparation.
Members of the Review Committee are:
Chair, Dr. Judith Giesberg, Professor, Department of History
Dr. Megan Quigley, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Millicent Gaskell, Director, Falvey Memorial Library
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