MIT Press Journals is a mission-driven, not-for-profit scholarly publisher devoted to the widest dissemination of its content. MIT Press founded the Journals branch in 1972, publishing its first two quarterlies, Journal of Interdisciplinary History and Linguistic Inquiry shortly after. Today, Journals publishes more than thirty titles, frequently adding select publications of long-standing repute or innovative, fresh material to its current list.
MIT Press Journals, among the first university presses to offer its titles online, delivers content in print and electronic formats, covering a wide range of disciplines including the arts and humanities, social sciences, and specialized areas of science and technology. With a commitment to growth and evolution of scholarly publishing, MIT Press Journals continues to expand its publishing program, recently launching ARTMargins, American Journal of Health Economics, and, in winter 2016, Computational Psychiatry—a groundbreaking Open Access journal. Several of the Press’ journals are published in partnership with other organizations, including Dædalus, on behalf of the American Academy for Arts and Sciences, and African Arts, on behalf of the James S. Coleman African Studies Center at UCLA. Additionally, the Journals division publishes in cooperation with Harvard University, New York University, the Asian Development Bank, the Association for Computational Linguistics, and the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology.
MIT Press Journals has been the recipient of generous grants from institutions such as the Mellon Foundation as well as the Lemelson Foundation, the latter of which supports the journal Innovations: Technology/Governance/Globalization.
MIT Press Journals is an eminently global publisher—countries in its top ten readership pool span the world, including the UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, and China, among others. The Journals’ web pages are viewed over 5 million times a year, and boast about 2 million visitors from diverse regions. MIT Press’ journals are featured in book stores across the globe, and in major cities around the U.S. Publications such as Global Environmental Politics and Innovations explore provocative issues of global relevance, including world politics, entrepreneurship, environmental change, and international finance, and feature reportage on subjects and regions not widely covered in the general media. MIT Press Journals prides itself on hosting journals with a cross-cultural perspective that speak to an international audience.
For over thirty years, the Journals division has acquired titles considered required reading in their fields. A considerable number of MIT Press’ journals boast a high impact factor, such as International Security, which has been the number one journal in international relations for several years. Computational Linguistics and The Review of Economic and Statistics are near the top of their respective fields. Whether discussing breakthroughs in machine/human interface in Artificial Life or studying the intricacies of neural processing in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, MIT Press Journals has earned its reputation as one of the leading publishers of science and technology titles in the country.
In 2000, MIT Press founded CogNet, a resource for the Brain and Cognitive Science community’s scientific research and interchange. CogNet has greatly expanded its library over the years, now hosting more than 650 books, 11 core reference works, and six full-text journals, providing a comprehensive tool for specialists concerned with understanding the human mind. The platform provides electronic access to resources from numerous fields, including artificial intelligence, neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics and more.
The Journals division continues to explore new ways to deliver content that is both innovative and forward-thinking. In 2009, Computational Linguistics became open access, allowing for wider dissemination of its scholarship. The Journals Open Access program continues to grow and will soon welcome journals Computational Psychiatry, Network Neuroscience, and Open Mind: Discoveries in Cognitive Science into the fold. MIT Press has consistently met the challenges of shifting technology, focusing on the most effective means to serve our readers.
In this vein, Journals recently launched the BATCHES program—thematic article collections for Kindle on topics ranging from terrorism to grammar; gender and sexuality to spies. Batch themes are picked by readers, the articles are selected by the journal editors, and it's all bundled for immediate download for Kindle. Journals also conducts monthly Q&As with the authors of science-related content as part of its new Spotlight on Science series, and provides free access to a current events-related article from the archives each week through the From the Archive Friday program. The Journals division hopes to broaden the audience for its journals among both scholars and the general public with these features.
MIT Press Journals has also recently partnered with Kudos to support researchers in the wide dissemination and application of their published research.
MIT Press Journals will continue to offer content of the most rigorous standards to its readers, and seek creative ways to meet the challenges of new technologies in the future.