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Open Access

Lever Press

Lever Press

What is Lever Press?

Lever Press publishes peer-reviewed, born digital, open access monographs at no cost to authors or their academic institutions (Platinum Open Access). Lever Press aims to publish work focused on research and teaching as well as that from academic leadership reflecting on liberal arts education, past and future. The Press was founded with three essential commitments:

  • To be a press aligned with the ethos and mission of liberal arts colleges;
  • To be a peer-reviewed, open access press that charges no fees to either authors or their institutions; and
  • To publish rich media digital books simultaneously available in print.

What is Davidson's Role in Lever Press?

In February 2021, Davidson College joined over 50 liberal arts institutions in supporting Lever Press. By supporting Lever Press and its open access model, Davidson College is a member of a collective of like-minded institutions who advocate for the liberal arts and are invested in ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion within the scholarly ecosystem. Members play a role in the shaping the editorial program and principles of Lever Press. 

How can I publish with Lever Press?

Lever Press is interested in proposals sent in for individual projects or for series of works that are consistent with the theme and focus of the three commitments listed above.

Existing series with Lever Press include ASIANetwork Books, publishing original monographs with a liberal arts approach to Asian Studies; Multimodal Monographs, resembling traditional print but use embedded media forms to convey ideas that are better seen in a dynamic format; Open Access Musicology, a collection of essays focused on modes of inquiry rather than content coverage; Re-Editions, digital editions of forgotton or overlooked texts that are suitable for the classroom in teaching literary and cultural history.

For more information on publishing with Lever Press, see their Publish With Us page on the website.

Key Features of Lever Press

  • Rigorous Vetting: Lever press utilizes multiple modes of peer review, including blind review and open review. Each title's review process is indicated with an icon and brief description, to increase transparency about the review process.
  • Multimodal Texts: Fulcrum, the publishing platform used by Lever, enables authors to incorporate multimedia into their scholarship 
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