About UVAP Open

The University of Virginia Press is pleased to participate in a number of Open Access initiatives including:

  • Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) is an initiative designed to support peer-reviewed, open access monographs. This initiative is the result of a collaborative effort between the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of University Presses (AUP).
  • Knowledge Unlatched makes scholarly content freely available to everyone and contributes to the further development of the open access infrastructure. They provide libraries and institutions worldwide with a central place to support open access collections from leading publishing houses.
  • Sustainable History Monograph Pilot (SHMP) is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation–funded initiative to publish open digital editions of high-quality books from university presses in the field of history. Unlike other Open Access (OA) pilots, SHMP transforms the publishing process and outputs, while focusing on a single academic discipline. Led by the University of North Carolina Press and using its subsidiary, Longleaf Services.

We are grateful to the Manifold Team for their devotion to an open-source publishing solution and for their advice as we developed our site.


UVA Press's Rotunda imprint was established in the early 2000's with grant funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Office of the President at UVA. A primary goal of the project was to develop a sustainable business model, with the result that most of our publications are for sale based on tiered pricing. However, we are able to offer certain publications for open access thanks to subsidies or other factors:

  • SAH Archipedia was launched in 2012 as part of our for-sale collection, but funding from the Society of Architectural Historians allowed us to offer a completely redesigned open-access site in 2019.
  • With the blessing of editor Barbara T. Gates, we decided to make The Journal of Emily Shore publicly available in 2021, fifteen years after initial publication.

In addition, UVA Press is also the publisher of Furnace and Fugue, a digital title in our series Studies in Early Modern German History, which was developed at and is hosted by Brown University.