How we can help you

The Research Services librarian can assist you to make publishing choices that meet your needs and possibly save you time and money. In individual consultation to:

  • Explore considerations for publication workflows and planning
  • Electronic hosting for journals and texts 
  • Technical training and support in Open Journal Systems (OJS)
  • Support in sharing published resources using MSpace
  • ISSN, ISBN and /or e-ISSN application
  • Persistent unique identifier assignment (e.g. DOI, ORCID)
  • Set up/improve indexing and discovery in aggregators
  • Investigate copyright-related topics for authors

We also provide workshop and presentations on publishing – related topics. See Libraries’ workshop schedule or contact your liaison librarian.

Hosting checklist: Getting started with us


As the publishing partner, you are responsible for the following 

  • Managing the editorial process (including all workflows such as content solicitation, peer review, copyright management, copy editing, reference management, etc.)
  • Marketing and promotional activities
  • Copyright management of the publication, including that all content is original or licensed under an open license that allows for reuse and adaption

Pre-publishing checklist

Before you submit a proposal to us, your proposed publication must meet the following:

  • At the time of request, the editor-in-chief (or equivalent) be a current U of M faculty member, instructor, or student 
  • Present a vetting plan for content selection to ensure quality, such as peer review or similar
  • UML has the non-exclusive rights to reproduce, translate (to any medium or format for the purpose of preservation without changing the content), and distribute worldwide in electronic format in any medium; these rights do not include the right to sell the content or access to the content
  • Ensure that authors retain the copyright of their work


The publication must have:

  • A sustainability plan to show the continuation of the serial for the future 
  • A clear copyright policy that transparently outlines what terms content is controlled and disseminated
  • An editorial board or conference committee, as appropriate
  • the Memorandum of Understanding for UML-Hosted OJS publications signed and submitted to the UM Office of Legal Affairs


Submit a proposal

Complete this form and the Research Services Librarian will be in contact with you.