University of Michigan

University Library

Michigan Publishing
United States

Primary Contact:
Charles Watkinson
Associate University Librarian for Publishing

Program Overview

Michigan Publishing is the hub of scholarly publishing at the University of Michigan, and is a part of its dynamic and innovative University Library. We publish scholarly and educational materials in a range of formats for wide dissemination and permanent preservation, provide publishing services to the University of Michigan community and beyond, and advocate for the broadest possible access to scholarship everywhere.

Year publishing activities began: 2001

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (17)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (70); sales revenue (30)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based faculty-driven journals (6); campus-based student-driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (16); technical/research reports (13802); ETDs (9704); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (1066); Digital projects such as the Pancreapedia ( and the American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia (

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: Philosophy; Asian Studies; Information Studies

Top publications: Philosophers' Imprint; Journal of Electronic Publishing; Trans-Asia Photography Review; Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 67

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners: Open Humanities Press, American Council of Learned Societies

Publishing platform(s): DSpace; OJS; Wordpress; locally developed software; DLXS

Digital preservation strategy: HathiTrust; in-house

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); print-on-demand; typesetting; copy-editing; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata ISSN registry; ISBN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: In the coming years, we will execute further integration of our library and university press operations and expand our publishing services program targeted to meet the needs of our campus community.
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