Published in collaboration with the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL), this imprint provides an avenue for authors from any of the PASCAL’s fifty-six member institutions to publish open education resources (OER) through the Press. Named after PASCAL’s affordable-learning program, SCALE (South Carolina Affordable Learning), the imprint leverages existing inter-institutional infrastructure to maximize statewide investments in affordable learning.
Each OER in the imprint will benefit from the expertise of a dedicated team of publishing professionals, who will oversee the peer-review process, manage production, advise authors on copyright, and ensure the broad distribution of each book in affordable print and open digital formats. Publishing under the imprimatur of an R1 university, following a rigorous review process, and with the assistance of publishing professionals ensures that each OER meets the highest professional standards and truly competes with exorbitant alternatives available through commercial publishers.
All publications in the imprint are subject to rigorous peer review and benefit from the appraisal of the imprint’s Editorial Board and counsel of its Advisory Board. Board members currently listed are provisional appointments. Additional representation from other higher-education stakeholders will be added to provide strategic guidance and outreach for the imprint.
Download an OER proposal template here.
To Submit a Proposal
Proposals for books in the SCALE imprint will follow the same review protocols as every other book published by a university press except that the imprint’s Editorial Board will advise on the potential for impact on affordable learning, the number of students who would benefit from the investment statewide, and the estimated cost savings against commercial alternatives. If you wish to propose an open textbook for the imprint, please contact the Press’s interim director, Alison Mero. Please also address any questions that you may have about the proposal or imprint to her.