American Literatures Initiative Adopts TEI Standard

Dec. 8, 2010 – Joining the ranks of academics working to implement a sustainable model of scholarly communications in the Internet Age, the American Literatures Initiative announced today that it has adopted Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) as the XML standard for its future publications.

“TEI is perfectly suited to handle the types of books our member presses publish,” said Penny Kaiserlian, director of the University of Virginia Press and current chair of the five-member ALI partnership. “Adopting TEI as our standard will advance our mission to develop a cost-effective workflow to make production of academic monographs economically sustainable and available in a variety of print and digital formats.”

The American Literatures Initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is in the third year of a five-year program designed to revive the publication of high-quality monographs by first-time academic
authors in a discipline where getting published is becoming increasingly difficult. In addition to Virginia, ALI members include the Fordham University Press, New York University Press, Rutgers University Press,
and Temple University Press.

The TEI is an international consortium that governs the TEI Guidelines, a standard for encoding texts in an XML (eXtensible Markup Language) format. The TEI Guidelines are one of several such text coding schemes necessary for the successful creation of easily repurposable digital editions of scholarly works. Originally developed for use with academic texts, the TEI Guidelines include bibliographic enhancements useful to scholars, such as the ability to retain page references in reflowed documents.

The TEI Consortium is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.), the European Union, the Canadian Social Research Council, and others. The TEI Guidelines have been widely used by
libraries and scholars engaged in online research programs such as Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies and the University of Virginia Press’s Rotunda digital collections. The Scholarly Publishing Special Interest Group, which grew out of a need in the university press community, is focused on the use of TEI in original scholarly publication.

The American Literatures Initiative is an innovative, entrepreneurial, cooperative effort to expand the number of books published in literary studies and increase audience reach by using common resources available to the five Presses through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program provides a shared, centralized editorial office managing the production of the books and ensuring high-quality
copyediting and design and a collaborative, high-profile, and aggressive marketing program. For more information on The American Literatures Initiative, please visit:

For more information, contact:
Lisa Fortunato
Publicity Manager
Rutgers University Press
732-445-7762 x 626