Replicate Us

These posts chronicle the steps we’ve taken to set up mediastudies.press, at a granular level. The posts aren’t riveting reading, and for a reason: They’re intended to help other scholars establish their own nonprofit, open-access presses. We want to be replicated, and this blog is our documentation.

Installing Manifold

UPDATE: See our updated Manifold installation post. In our last post, we explained our decision to experiment with Manifold, the open-source digital publishing software. In this post we will describe the process we used to install the software. We decided to opt for a...

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Choosing Manifold

For longer-form works, we have decided to experiment with Manifold, the Mellon-supported digital book software. Like our journal platform Janeway, Manifold recently landed its 1.0 release. And like Janeway, Manifold is supported by the Mellon Foundation’s...

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The Grim Necessity of Preservation

The half-life of a publishing venture, all intentions aside, is impossible to predict. Even established houses close, or get subsumed into larger operations. This wasn’t always a big problem: In the print era, the fact that a publisher’s journals and books were...

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The License Question

The basic definition of open access, to borrow the Budapest language, is “free availability on the public internet.” That 2002 statement carved out a limited domain for copyright: Authors should control the integrity of their work, and retain the right to be credited....

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Not Just Open Access: Embracing Fair OA

mediastudies.press was founded on the premise that “open access” is not enough—that a new scholarly infrastructure should be nonprofit too. At some fundamental level, for-profit status is antithetical to the values of scholarship, and to the whole university...

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Choosing a Journal Platform

This post is a first in a series of reflections about open-access journal software. The Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journal Systems (OJS) has been around since 2001—the year before the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and powers most of the world’s open-access...

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Securing an ISSN for a Journal

To prepare for our first journal—the low-volume + overlay History of Media Studies—we looked into obtaining an International Standard Serial Number, the eight-digit unique identifier better known by its ISSN acronym. The process to secure an ISSN is surprisingly...

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Stripe and Online Donations

Setting up a bank account is straightforward once you’ve established nonprofit status: In most states, and for most banks, you just need the state corporation paperwork and an EIN number from the IRS. With the bank account set up, our next step was to establish an...

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Coworking Space

The mediastudies.press operation is lean by design, with the expectation that aspects of the work—like design and copy-editing—will be distributed to trusted freelancers. The idea is to reduce the cost of producing a high-quality monograph by eliminating overhead...

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Setting Up an Email Address

The next step for mediastudies.press was to set up an email address. With a shared hosting plan, this is dead simple: Addresses can be created in any shared host’s cPanel. But the virtual private server (VPS) model that we went with—in part to better integrate...

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