Reveal Digital collaborates with libraries to produce Open Access primary source collections from under-represented voices.

There are three options to get involved: one-time contributions to specific projects, multi-year funding commitment to a publishing program, and contributing content for collections.

Funding models

Funding libraries get early access to the content as the collection is being built, and receive usage reports, MARC records, and regular progress reports.

One-time contribution

In this model, contributors help fund an individual project. Reveal Digital defines the scope and cost of a collection upfront and contributions go towards the project’s cost-recovery threshold.

The threshold includes all costs associated with producing and hosting the new digital collection. We make these costs transparent and funding libraries receive early access to the collection while it is being developed. The collection is opened to everyone in perpetuity once the cost recovery threshold is reached.

Multi-year fund

In this model, libraries make a multi-year commitment to contribute annually or as a lump sum to a fund that supports the development of new collections around a broad theme.

Working with suggestions from participating libraries and the Fund’s editorial board, we work collaboratively to define new collections that will be developed under the fund.

Once a project is identified and scoped, Reveal Digital manages the entire publishing process by acquiring source material, clearing copyright, digitizing the content, and making it openly available on JSTOR.

Learn more about the Diversity and Dissent fund

Content contributions

Source libraries and rights holders receive digital copies of images and metadata of all of the material they provide to a collection. Reveal Digital makes no ownership claims to the digitized content; all rights to the content reside with the original rights holders or with the source institutions for out-of-copyright material. Content pages in our collections include links to the rights holders and/or source institutions.

How we digitize our collections

  • Original images are stored as uncompressed 300 dpi 24-bit color TIFF images, conforming to the TIFF 6.0 specification. Images are cropped to the page edge.
  • Derivative images are 300 dpi JPEGs, compressed 20% for online delivery.
  • Issue and article level metadata is provided in a METS/ALTO format with article-level OCR.
  • Reveal Digital collections are hosted on JSTOR, which complies with widely accepted accessibility standards worldwide.