In late 2020, De Gruyter celebrated its 10th open access book anniversary with a call for book proposals and invited scientists and scholars globally to submit their book projects for OA publication. The 10 winning titles will be published by De Gruyter in OA without any author publication fees to support the development of open research.
With this prize, De Gruyter celebrates the 10 year anniversary of its first open access book publication. In 2010, De Gruyter published the Handbuch Bibliothek 2.0, its first open access book. Since then, the publishing house has developed into one of the world’s largest open access book publishers with over 3.000 open access books available on degruyter.com.
Under the headline “10 Topics, 10 Books, 10 Weeks” the publishing house based in Berlin received almost 120 entries for this competition within 10 weeks. An expert committee of renowned researchers from a variety of academic disciplines reviewed all of the submissions and ultimately had to make some hard choices.
Academics worldwide, from all subject areas, told De Gruyter about their monograph ideas, their envisioned audiences, and a little about themselves. After a thorough review process, De Gruyter is now very happy to announce the 10 winning titles:
- Peter Brown: “Meteorological disasters in medieval Britain (AD 1000-1500): Archaeological, historical and climatological perspectives within a wider European context”
- Alexandra Chiriac: “Performing Modernism. A Jewish Avant-garde in Bucharest”
- Özkan Ezli: „Narrative der Migration. Eine andere deutsche Kulturgeschichte“ (Narratives of Migration: The Other History of German Culture)
- Dominique Haensell: “Making Black History. Diasporic Fiction in the Moment of Afropolitanism”
- Katrin Kleemann: “A Mist Connection. An Environmental History of the Laki Eruption of 1783 and Its Legacy”
- Michael Navratil: „Kontrafaktik der Gegenwart. Politisches Schreiben als Realitätsvariation bei Christian Kracht, Kathrin Röggla, Juli Zeh und Leif Randt“ (Counterfactual Fiction of the Present: Political Writing as a Variation on Reality in Christian Kracht, Kathrin Röggla, Juli Zeh, and Leif Randt).
- Frank Ejby Poulsen: “A Cosmopolitan Republican in the French Revolution: The Political Thought of Anacharsis Cloots”
- Frédérique Renno: „Die deutschsprachige weltliche Liedkultur um 1600“ (Worldly Lied Culture in German around 1600)
- Atle Ottesen Søvik: “A Basic Theory of Everything: A Fundamental Theoretical Framework for Science and Philosophy”
· Lena Zschunke: „Engel in der Moderne. Eine Figur zwischen Exilgegenwart und Zukunftsvision“ (The Angel in Modernity. A figure between exiled presence and future vision)
“After the careful selection process by our experts, we can now announce the winners of our Open Access call for papers. We are very pleased with this selection of exciting, highly relevant publications that reflect the diversity of our OA book program. We are sure that the titles will get the attention they deserve through OA publication,” says Maria Zucker, Manager Open Access Books at De Gruyter.
The winners will receive an immediate Open Access publication available on www.degruyter.com plus services such as indexing and distribution. The books will also be available as print editions. Furthermore, the winning titles will be presented via short author interviews on the blog De Gruyter Conversations, starting with Dominique Haensell and her title “Making black history”. Dominique Haensell is editor-in-chief of the feminist Missy Magazine.
You can find further information on the competition here.