Michigan Journals is home to more than 40 electronic serials, publishing peer-reviewed scholarship in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, as well as supporting several student-run journals based at U-M. We offer affordable, efficient, integrated, born-digital publishing solutions for important journals in niche areas. Real-time analytics help authors and editors measure the reach and impact of their scholarship.
To help make publishing a journal with us simple, we provide a variety of à la carte services to editorial boards, including copyediting, layout and design, typesetting, JATS XML production, content accessibility, and robust hosting and preservation on the open source platform, Janeway.
Across disciplinary boundaries, our journals share a commitment to:
Broad distribution and accessibility
Most journals are fully open access, ensuring that their content can be discovered and read by anyone with an Internet connection. Our platform is accessible to print-disabled readers, and allows for rich integration of multimedia content. Our relationships with information supply chain partners such as Crossref, Google Scholar, and major scholarly indexes help readers find and cite our journals easily.
Lightweight, common-sense approaches to copyright
For most journals, authors retain copyright, simply granting Michigan Publishing a non-exclusive license to publish the work. Creative Commons licenses allow readers to share fearlessly while crediting rights holders appropriately.
Sharing digital infrastructure to publish efficiently and preserve effectively
Michigan Journals are hosted on the Janeway platform, an open source platform built at Birkbeck, University of London, and customized to meet the needs of 21st-century digital publishing. This community-driven infrastructure allows journals to be launched and maintained with minimal cost, and easily preserved as part of the durable scholarly record. Most Michigan Journals forgo publishing in print, reducing overhead costs like typesetting, printing, and distribution.
Engaging with evolving models of scholarly communication
Interested in experimenting with open peer review? Want to do away with the journal issue as a unit of publication? Think typeset articles still play an important role in a digital world? Curious about altmetrics? We leave editorial decisions in your hands, but welcome you to stretch how scholarly journals look and behave.
Sustainable business models that support right-sized publishing
While publishing consistently is key to a journal’s reputation and success, we want you to focus on the scholarship that matters to your audience, on a schedule that meets your needs. We’ll work with you to plan for a journal that is not solely dependent on revenue generated either by accepting extra content or by producing more issues.
Collaborating with Michigan Publishing staff to establish a permanent, high-profile home for your publication
We count on your active engagement and participation in the publishing process, from acquiring and editing content to proofing new content before it is published. We welcome your feedback and requests, which often guide our development of new features and fixes.