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Together with the HathiTrust team, MPublishing is developing a new modular, open source platform for open access journal publishing. jPach (pronounced “jay-pack”) will replace our current digital publishing system, and will hopefully serve as a model for comparable tools for other HathiTrust partner institutions. jPach will allow MPublishing to publish journal content directly into the HathiTrust repository, and it will offer a number of benefits. First, it will be modular and extensible, so we will…

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Every year, the University of Michigan’s Teaching and Technology Collaborative offers an intensive week of workshops, discussions, and seminars for instructional faculty and staff. Enriching Scholarship is an amazing opportunity to learn new skills and think creatively about your teaching and scholarship. There will be a number of sessions relevant to academic publishing and scholarly communication this year, focusing on topics like alternatives to traditional publishing models, open access, copyright, creating your own e-books, working…

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Several MPublishing members recently returned from a mini-conference in Chicago. Jason Colman from Digital Publishing Production sums it up for us:   Along with two other MPublishing staff, I made the trek to Chicago for the O’Reilly Tools of Change Mini-Conference on April 9th. The Mini TOC made for an interesting mix of folks from university presses, small publishing houses, libraries, and big corporations. Brian Fitzpatrick, who founded Google’s Chicago engineering office, spoke about the…

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MPublishing is pleased to be among the few dozen publishers of open-access scholarly monographs to have their openly licensed titles available in time for the launch of the Directory of Open Access Books, an initiative of the OAPEN Foundation. OAPEN hopes this directory, modeled after the Directory of Open Access Journals (in which many MPublishing journals are also listed), will “create a valuable resource for the scholarly community and public,” according to Eelco Ferwerda, director…

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We’ve got quite a list of new publications to share with you this month: Feminist Studies published a new issue. FS 37.3 features a variety of poetry, fiction, and scholarly articles that focus on the theme of feminist histories and institutional practices. Feminist Studies is available in its entirety to subscribers, but anyone can search or browse the journal and purchase PDFs of individual articles. Volume 2 of Fragments released its first seven articles and commentaries of the year….

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