Special Projects

As the scholarly publishing arm of Purdue University and a unit of Purdue Libraries, Purdue University Press is not only the independent publisher of peer-reviewed books and journals but also a partner for university faculty and staff, centers and departments, wishing to disseminate the results of their research and otherwise advance learning, teaching, and engagement. In providing publishing services, the Press acts mostly on a cost-recovery basis.

This page describes and links to special projects that the Press provides support for:

Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR) - http://www.jpur.org

With support from the Office of the Provost, Purdue University Press has organized the creation of a Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR) to showcase the richness of undergraduate research opportunities available at the university. Collaborating with Marketing and Media and the Online Writing Lab, the Press and Libraries have produced a full color print and online edition.

Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) Technical Reports - http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jtrp/

A collaboration of the Department of Civil Engineering and the Indiana Department of Transportation sought to transition its technical report series, published since 1937, to digital form, taking full advantage of the capacity of the internet to connect scholarly information. In a joint venture, Purdue Libraries digitized 1200 print reports, adding digital object identifiers (DOIs) and Purdue University Press jointly funded a Production Editor position to manage the new report.

Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Central Online Hub - http://www.habricentral.org

The Center for the Study of the Human-Animal Bond, a part of Purdue Veterinary Medicine, sought to create a bibliographic resource for the emerging, interdisciplinary study of the health benefits of human-animal interaction, an area increasingly of interest to health professionals. Purdue University Press participated in a grant-writing process that resulted in a three year funding commitment from the HABRI Foundation, and the creation of a collaboration hub for the field built around high standards of information management, preservation, and dissemination.

eText @ Purdue: Digital Textbook Development Pilot - eText @ Purdue

With financial support from, and under the leadership of, the Teaching and Learning Technology unit of ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue), we are exploring the potential to create a service for Purdue faculty members wishing to replace an existing course textbook with a more affordable, digitally-innovative alternative. The project explores how the University can leverage its existing publishing capacity to serve learners better and save them money.

Mellon Grand Challenge Exploratory Awards - Mellon Awards

With generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Purdue University Press and Scholarly Publishing Services is engaged in a two-year project to catalyze the involvement of humanists and social scientists in addressing the Grand Challenges of the 21st Century (issues such as climate change, food security, and healthcare equality). We are partners with the Global Policy Research Institute, Discovery Park, and the College of Liberal Arts in a project that provides funding opportunities to interdisciplinary projects that include strong HSS components, and the supports awardees in disseminating their work in innovative ways that also have high impact in the policy environment.

If you are affiliated with Purdue University and need support to accomplish your individual or unit publishing ambitions, Purdue University Press may be able to provide valuable services. Please contact dscherer [at] purdue [dot] edu (David Sherer).