Announcing Maize Books, A New Imprint for Scholarly and Creative Works

by Meredith Kahn on May 1, 2013

The University of Michigan Press, a unit of Michigan Publishing, is committed to producing and disseminating high-quality scholarship. As part of that commitment, we’re proud to announce Maize Books, a new Michigan Publishing imprint. This imprint represents a lean, responsive model for publishing scholarly and creative works. We understand that scholarship can take many forms, and that traditional academic publishers aren’t always interested in items that don’t fit the typical categories of a “monograph” or a “journal article.”

Thankfully, we’re not a traditional, typical publisher.

The University of Michigan Press has the tools and the expertise to help you distribute your scholarship, regardless of its form, and we offer methods to make your work discoverable, accessible, and preservable for the long term. In keeping with our mission to explore new forms of scholarly publishing, Maize Books titles will be evaluated by the acquiring editors and Editorial Director of the University of Michigan Press. They will undergo peer review when desirable, including experimental forms of peer review designed to suit the requirements of individual publications.

The benefits of publishing your work via Maize Books include:

  • Fast turnaround times from manuscript to finished publication
  • Distribution both online and in print
  • Ability to make your work available as a freely accessible Open Access publication as well as via recognized sales channels
  • A robust technical infrastructure to give online publications strong search engine optimization and enable long-term preservation, making your work both easy to find and safe for the long term
  • High-quality, low-cost print editions produced on demand
  • Brand identification with Michigan Publishing, a recognized leader in creating the future of academic publishing and scholarly communication

The key to advancing knowledge is sharing your scholarship as widely and as effectively as possible. Maize Books and the University of Michigan Press can help you do that.

For more information, please contact maize.books@umich.edu.

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Katie Van Heest May 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm

“Experimental forms of peer review” could really shake things up. I will certainly stay tuned and share this with my clients.

Jack Dougherty May 2, 2013 at 8:41 am

I’m delighted to read this announcement about the Maize Books imprint. From my perspective as an University of Michigan Press author and open-access advocate, greater clarity about how this imprint fits into the broader context of the Press would be helpful. Some questions that came to my mind:

The options to distribute books online and print, open-access and/or for sale, sound very flexible. Is the goal of the Press that the Maize Books imprint will become the recommended or preferred route for authors who desire these options?

How does the Maize Books imprint differ from other open-access imprints of the Press, such as digitalculturebooks.org? Is the key difference that Maize is not content-specific?

The Maize imprint promises “fast turnaround times.” Does this mean faster than other divisions of the Press? If so, how will this be accomplished? And why would any author wish to submit something to a “slow” division? Similarly, if Maize offers “low-cost” quality print editions, why would any author sign on to a different division of the Press offering the “high-cost” edition?

Overall, if an author submits a book proposal to the University of Michigan Press, why would s/he NOT send it to the Maize Books imprint? What are the possible downsides? Does the traditional publishing route make sense for authors who value book royalties more than open-access distribution of scholarship?

curiously yours,

Jack Dougherty, co-editor
Writing History in the Digital Age
Univ of Michigan Press, forthcoming
http://WritingHistory.trincoll.edu

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