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Or, Remembering Aaron Swartz Note: This post is published in collaboration with Scholastica and Academic-Led Publishing Day. I work as the journals coordinator for Michigan Publishing, but I am also an academic. I am a critic, reviewer, and editor trained in literary and cultural studies; my specializations are in science fiction, comics, and popular culture broadly. Much of my research tries to think about how popular texts enact (or subvert) radical politics of social justice,…

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The American Philosophical Association (APA) recently awarded an article published in Michigan Publishing‘s highly regarded, open access journal of philosophy, Philosopher’s Imprint, the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize. The prize of $1000 goes to Benjamin Lennertz from Colgate University for his article, “Quantificational Credences,” published in March 2015 (Vol. 15, No. 9) in Philosophers’ Imprint. The Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize, which was created in 2013 and is funded by Routledge (part of the Taylor & Francis publishing group), is given annually…

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Michigan Publishing is proud to announce the launch of the inaugural volume of the Michigan Journal of Medicine (MJM), an open access journal of University of Michigan Medical School student-led research, edited by students for the global research community and produced and published in collaboration with Michigan Publishing, part of the University of Michigan Library. On May 11, 2016, MJM celebrated its launch at the Medical School with a reception led by Jasna Markovac, senior director for learning design and…

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Michigan Publishing is proud to announce our launch of Film Criticism, a journal that has been producing high-quality scholarship under a traditional subscription-based print publishing model through Allegheny College since 1976, making it the oldest academic film journal in the United States. On the 40th anniversary of this esteemed journal’s beginning, Michigan Publishing is pleased to bring you Volume 40, Number 1 of Film Criticism, now fully open access and free to the world for…

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We are thrilled to announce a new Maize Books publication, A Nation of Widening Opportunities: The Civil Rights Act at 50, edited by Ellen D. Katz and Samuel R. Bagenstos. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was an extraordinary achievement of law, politics, and human rights. On October 11, 2013, a diverse group of civil rights scholars met at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor to assess the interpretation, development, and administration of civil…

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In 2014, University of Michigan Press (UMP) was a proud supporter of the pilot round of Knowledge Unlatched, contributing three books to a total collection of 28 titles offered to libraries worldwide. Starting in October 2015 we are pleased to be expanding our participation in the larger second round, as one of only two publishers offering a branded package of 10 titles (Duke University Press is the other one). “At KU we’re delighted to offer…

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Sidonie Smith, director of the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities and former president of the Modern Language Association, has authored a manifesto for the transformation of doctoral education in the humanities: Anxieties about the vitality of the humanities within higher education run high. So, too, do anxieties about the evolving conditions of our work as academic humanists. For some, talk of change, with its rhetoric of urgency, becomes a trigger for holding fast…

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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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Michigan Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of a new peer-reviewed, open access journal, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminism. Publishing twice a year, this interdisciplinary publication focuses on theoretically innovative and methodologically diverse research in the fields of gender studies, masculinities, sexualities and feminism. The first issue features articles on the experiences of Mexican women in the wake of Mexico’s 2007 de-criminalization of abortion, the gendering of medical careers in Ireland, transnational experiences of women…

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In December the University of Michigan Library responded to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Request for Information on public access to peer-reviewed scholarly publications that result from federally funded research. MLibrary has now made this response available online [PDF]. In the response, Paul Courant makes a strong statement about the importance of public access to such publications: [I]t seems unthinkable that work paid for with taxpayer monies is not already freely…

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