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Michigan Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of Ergo, an Open Access Journal of Philosophy. According to the editors, Ergo responds to “a need for general philosophy journals that are efficient, open access, inclusive, and transparent.” While maintaining very high standards for acceptance (since the journal began accepting submissions in July 2013, the editors and reviewers have rejected 93% of 170 submissions), Ergo also hopes to begin to address the imbalance in gender and race…

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If you’ve ever wanted to learn the basics of programming, now is your chance. Professor Chuck Severance of the University of Michigan School of Information (or as we know him here on campus, Dr. Chuck) is teaching “Programming for Everybody” as a MOOC via Coursera starting this week. Both the course and the textbook are free, and book itself is available in a variety of formats, including PDF, EPUB, MOBI for Kindle, and an Apple iBooks version which includes interactive…

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Our Publishing Technology team has so much innovation to do, we need to grow. Are you a highly motivated web developer who wants to help build mPach tools in RoR/JRuby? Can you help our journals continue to thrive in their Perl/DLXS platform? Do you have the ideas and design chops to take our publishing efforts in new and exciting directions? Apply online, and help us build the future of academic publishing.


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Are you interested in publishing your research in academic journals or with a university press? Do you have questions about how contemporary academic publishing works? Please join us for “Publish, Not Perish: Tools for Success,” a series of workshops during the winter semester that will help you navigate the challenges every new academic author faces. Taught by published authors, staff from the University of Michigan Press, and experts on copyright and open access, these sessions…

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If your plans for the season involve seeing a movie, including perhaps 12 Years a Slave, we hope you’ll also make time for a bit of reading. After viewing Steve McQueen’s acclaimed adaptation, you can find a number of editions of Solomon Northup’s account of his time in slavery available to read for free from HathiTrust. The edition digitized from our own collections here at the University of Michigan includes the full text of the book,…

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Historically, the value of publication has been measured by success in the marketplace and impact of the publication, whether that impact be cultural or scholarly. The calculus of this value has been as straightforward as number of copies sold (documented most widely in “best seller” lists) and/or dollars in profit generated to the complex citation and referral counts that result in a scholarly “impact factor.” As with so many areas of our cultural and intellectual…

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Michigan Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of a new open-access journal, Translating the Americas. A project of the University of Michigan Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Translating the Americas is a digital platform for the publication and open access distribution of translations of important, previously published articles and book chapters. Translating the Americas seeks to support collaborations between members of the University of Michigan faculty and overseas colleagues; to disseminate the research…

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Michigan Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of a new peer-reviewed, open access journal, the Michigan Journal of Sustainability. Published in partnership with the Graham Sustainability Institute, this journal aims to make academic research on environmental sustainability more accessible to a general audience. Volume 1 contains articles on topics such as “Clearing the Waters of the Fracking Debate,” “Are Green Cities Nice Places to Live? Examining the Link Between Urban Sustainability and Quality of…

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The editors of Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning invite readers to comment on a new digital book in-progress during its open peer review phase, now through October 30th, 2013. General audiences will join four designated expert reviewers in publicly posting online commentary to shape the direction of the final manuscript, thereby making the traditionally hidden process of peer review more visible and transparent. Based on essays from twenty-five contributors,…

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John A. Williams, M.D., Ph.D., Horace W. Davenport Collegiate Professor of Physiology, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Professor of Internal Medicine has been awarded the Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award in Biomedical Research. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the University of Michigan Medical School on a faculty member for research in the biomedical sciences. From the Medical School’s announcement: Dr. Williams is being recognized for his numerous research accomplishments, a strong…

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