Publishing with the Libraries

University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing invites proposals to transition existing society journals to open access and publish out-of-print books.

About the call for proposals

Working with the editors, UMN Libraries Publishing provides technical infrastructure and long-term preservation services to support the discovery and use of the digital publication.

This call for proposals responds to the growing interest in open access from authors, editors, and funders. Email to get started.

Upcoming call for publications

Our 2024 call for publication proposals closed on March 4, 2024. Notifications of decisions were sent by March 18, 2024. Read our most recent call for publications.

Who is eligible?

  • Faculty members, staff members, students, departments, centers, or colleges associated with the University of Minnesota. (Students require sponsorship from department or faculty advisor.)
  • Nonprofit, scholarly societies. (To qualify for support from Publishing Services, a UMN affiliate must have ties to the society and publication.)

What publishing services are offered?

Basic services included with all our publications:

  • Web hosting
  • Peer review and content management systems 
  • Planning and support for intellectual property rights
  • Backfile upload
  • Creation and management of standard identifiers (e.g., ISSN, DOIs, etc.)
  • Usage statistics report for editor(s)
  • Digital preservation 
  • Search engine optimization
  • Index/database inclusion
  • Author/editor support

Advanced services available at additional costs:

  • Graphic Design Services
  • Print-on-demand
  • Custom Software Development
  • Layout & Typesetting of individual works
  • JATS XML (for PubMed)
  • Development of Figures/Charts/Graphs
  • Plagiarism Detection
  • Copyediting
  • Proofreading
  • Print proofs

During the proposal review process, an estimated budget will be shared with the Steward of the publication. University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing will not assist in the management of the publication (e.g., recruiting content, finding editorial staff, enlisting reviewers, marketing the publication, etc.).

What types of publications will be considered?

  • All publications must be comprised primarily of scholarly content;
  • The publication cannot be fully supported by other enterprise-wide systems such as OIT Drupal or Google Sites;
  • Journals, conference proceedings, monographs, textbooks, web-based projects

Access and licensing

All content published by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing is openly available to view and read. Unlike traditional online publishers, readers do not need to register or pay to view content. Additionally, many of our works are openly licensed using Creative Commons Licenses. Creative Commons Licenses allow authors/editors to describe how the work may be reused. Depending on the type of publication, publication goals, and editorial decisions, readers will find a range of Creative Common Licenses. For information on the licensing attached to individual works, please visit our Published Works site and visit the record page for each title. 

The copyright of individual works published by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing remains with the original creator or editorial team. Content published by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing can be deposited by the original creator or editorial team in institutional and subject repositories. For uses beyond those covered by law or the Creative Commons license, permission to reuse should be sought directly from the copyright owner listed in the About pages.


The University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing works with Portico to preserve all journal content for longterm access.