8.0303 Mellon Grant for Bryn Mawr Scholarly E-Pubs (1/36)

Thu, 17 Nov 1994 00:02:19 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0303. Thursday, 17 Nov 1994.

Date: Mon, 31 Oct 1994 17:43:42 -0500 (EST)
From: Bryn Mawr Reviews <bmr@ccat.sas.upenn.edu>
Subject: Mellon Grant for BMCR/BMMR/BMAR

Bryn Mawr College is pleased to announce that it has received a
grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further its
innovative work in the field of scholarly publishing over the
electronic Internet. *Bryn Mawr Classical Review* was founded in
1990 by Richard Hamilton, Paul Shorey Professor of Greek at Bryn
Mawr, and by James J. O'Donnell, Professor of Classical Studies
at the University of Pennsylvania. It publishes well over 150
reviews a year of current work in the field of Greco-Roman
classical studies, distributing them around the world to a
rapidly growing subscriber base who receive them by "e-mail". In
1993, the *Bryn Mawr Medieval Review* was added to the project,
and a *Bryn Mawr Archaeological Review* is now planned with
support from this Mellon grant.
The grant is intended to enhance the technical production and
distribution of the journal; to study the economics of cost and
use that underpin it; and to take steps to make the model -- low-
cost publishing of high quality scholarly discourse -- available
to other scholars and institutions who wish to enter this
important field. As the cost of traditional library materials
skyrockets and access contracts, electronic publication offers
the possibility of reducing costs and sharply enhancing access,
not only for scholars, but for the general reading public beyond.
The prospect of making what scholars do more accessible to the
general public will be good for both communities -- readers will
appreciate better what scholars do, and scholars will be
stimulated to pay more attention to a reading public beyond their
collegial common rooms.
The grant will support activities at all three journals for a
period of five years and should leave the journals in a position
to continue to grow and exercise their influence as pioneers in
this field. For further information: bmcr@cc.brynmawr.edu