As the DFG announced, the proposal submitted by Stefan Müller and Martin Haspelmath is one of two proposals approved for funding in a series entitled "Open Access Scholarly Monographs and Monographic Series."
The money is to be used to create an infrastructure that the academic community can use for publishing and managing open access publications. "The platform that we want to develop will include several linguistic series with minimal cost," said Stefan Müller. In addition to reviewing the publications, which is already done by the academic community, those participating also want to take over the more expensive and time-consuming steps in production such as proofreading and typesetting. They plan to set up an incentive program with members getting points for work they completed.
Müller and his colleagues want to set technical standards. Even if most of the software for the production of linguistic books is available, some formal requirements still need to be resolved. This includes converting special text processing files with linguistic symbols, complex graphics, and example sentences from other writing systems such as Arabic and Hebrew to e-book format.