Call for proposals

University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing publishes openly accessible scholarship. We typically issue an annual call for proposals in the spring. 


If you are interested in working with Publishing Services to develop a new publication, please contact for details. 

2024 call details

Our 2024 call for proposals closed on March 4, 2024. Notifications of decisions were sent by March 18, 2024.

Scholarly journals: We are interested in proposals for new or existing scholarly journals across disciplines. If you are affiliated with a society looking to publish your journal open access, we welcome your proposal.

Edited volumes, book-length: We encourage authors and research teams to submit proposals for edited volumes. We are interested in edited volumes that offer opportunities to authors who have traditionally been underrepresented in the scholarly record.

Email all proposals and questions to

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Create a single PDF document that addresses all of the following points. (Sample chapters, completed issues, etc. can be submitted as additional files.)

  • A brief overview of your proposed publication, including its relevance and potential impact.
  • Information about the editorial team or (potential) authors involved, including peer review needs.
  • An outline of the content of the edited volume or scope of the journal.
  • Anticipated publication date or any important time considerations.
  • A plan for support and/or a commitment to sustainability, including any sources of labor or funding.

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

Community value and 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 and 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.  

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