Call for Proposals

University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing publishes openly accessible scholarship, academic works, and dynamic scholarly content created by University affiliates. We are now accepting proposals for our next round of publication development. Proposal details can be found below. Libraries’ Publishing Services provides consultations about publishing options and offers multiple publishing platforms for our published works.

Librarians are available to collaborate on the development of proposals; they offer expertise in production, intellectual property rights, copyright, licensing, Open Access, and technology options. Contact Emma Molls or Kate McCready at libpubs@umn.edu to set up a consultation.

Deadlines for Proposals

January 15 2018 proposals due, notifications of acceptance sent March 1 2018
July 16 2018 proposals due, notifications of acceptance sent September 17 2018

Basic Publication Details

  • Title of Publication

  • Type of Publication (e.g., journal, book, media project, etc.)

  • List the content types included in your publication (i.e., text, video, blogs, podcasts, etc.)

  • Source of funding for this publication, if any

  • Advanced Services needed, if any

  • Current state (e.g., newly conceived, conversion of an existing publication)

  • If conversion of an existing publication:

    • Format(s) of current publication (i.e., print, electronic, etc.)

    • URL of electronic version

    • Copyright holder of published content

    • Current publisher

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    • Who will be the primary author(s) of the content?

    • Who will be responsible for editorial management and control (e.g., peer review management, content recruitment and selection, editorial decision making, etc.)

    • Who will provide oversight and set the editorial direction of the publication? (e.g., departmental sponsorship, faculty guidance of a graduate student journal, the society’s publication committee, etc.) Note:  this could be the same as those responsible for the editorial management and control of the publication.

    • Who will act as steward of the title? (e.g., which individual or body retains control of the title, what is the ongoing stewardship plan for a publication where authors rotate or leave the university, etc.)

Proposal Narrative

Please provide a narrative of 750 words or less describing your proposed publication. As appropriate, include these elements:

  • Stated purpose and area of focus of the publication

  • Publication schedule, or expected frequency of articles/new content

  • Potential impact and value/importance to the field or discipline.

  • Expected audience of the publication

  • The peer review process, or the review criteria to be applied to determine the publication’s content

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed within the Libraries by the Publishing Services Team members, subject liaison Librarians, and Libraries Administration. Proposals will be reviewed on the following factors:

Quality & variety

The Libraries selects proposals representative of the excellent and diverse scholarship the University produces.

Community value & support

The Libraries looks for proposals that align with the University’s strategic goals, offer unique value to a field or discipline, and offer value to the wider community.

Capacity & complexity

With consideration for the formats we can support, the Libraries will balance the number of new publications we can develop with how complex each project will be to undertake. Innovate forms of scholarship are encouraged.  

 

 

Contact

Questions can be directed to libpubs@umn.edu