University of Michigan

University Library

Academic Library · United States

Michigan Publishing

Jason Colman, Director of Publishing Services

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, provide publishing services, and advocate for the broadest possible access to scholarship everywhere.
  • Publishing activities began: 2001
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most
  • Publishing Languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, French, Manchu

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 48
  • Individual people: 49
  • Students: Graduate student(s), Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Charge backs/cost sharing; Charitable contributions; Grants; Library materials budget; Library operating budget; Non-library campus budget; Sales revenue; Author fees

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Databases
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 26
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 9
  • Campus-based student-created: 2
  • Contracted by external groups: 15
  • Peer-reviewed: 24
  • Currently inactive or archived: 15
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 27
  • Peer-reviewed: 1
  • Required fee to enable Open Access: 22
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 2
  • Peer-reviewed Open Educational Resources: 2


Top Publications:
  • Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (journal)
  • Maize Books (book imprint)
  • Philosopher's Imprint (journal)
  • Ergo (journal)
  • Journal of Electronic Publishing (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Philosophy
  • Electrical engineering
  • Media studies
  • Information
  • Medicine


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs; Individual faculty; Graduate students; Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    We offer our services to other publishing programs at Michigan to help increase their reach and impact. Many remain fully independent but some choose to partner with us.
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: Media-rich works that would benefit from Fulcrum or Fulcrum-Janeway integration
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • modeling
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • Hyrax)
  • Janeway
  • locally developed software
  • Pressbooks
  • Samvera (including Hyku

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • Developmental and/or substantive editing
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • audio/video streaming
  • budget preparation
  • business model development
  • cataloging
  • compiling indexes and/or TOCs
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • data visualization
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • image services
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • AP Trust
  • HathiTrust
  • In-house
  • Portico


Adopted Policies:

Additional Information

Last Year:
This year we are piloting an integration between the Fulcrum and Janeway platforms to make media-rich journal articles accessible and preservable on library infrastructure.
Other Information:
Michigan Publishing also includes the University of Michigan Press, statistics for which are not included in this entry.