Open Publishing at UMass Amherst

Journals that have been using ScholarWorks for certain back-end features, such as the peer review and submission tools have moved to our new publishing platform:

Best Text Collection

  • The Best Text Collection is one way the Writing Program (WP) works to highlight and circulate texts created by University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) students for writing courses at all undergraduate levels. Texts are reviewed and prepared for publication by graduate writing instructors, further deepening the WP focus on mentoring teachers of writing on inclusive pedagogical practices by extending these practices to graduate level instruction.

communication +1

  • communication +1 provides a forum for exploring and sharing ideas about communication across modes of inquiry and perspectives. Its primary objective is to push the theoretical frontiers of communication as an autonomous and distinct field of research. Suspending any judgement regarding distinction between theory and practice, this journal encourages critical reflections on communication and seeks to encourage these reflections to and among those who place communication at the center of their thinking and writing. communication +1 is part of the Open Humanities Press and is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals

Democratic Communiqué

  • Democratic Communiqué is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to investigating mass media, information, and telecommunication phenomena and issues from critical political economy and policy studies perspectives. The Communiqué publishes articles exploring any of a wide range of topics, including alternative/community/public media, the internationalization of capital and information flows, media and imperialism, telecommunication industry ownership and consolidation, information society, information technology and surveillance, feminist political economy, environmental political economy, media’s relatedness to social class, labor or social movements, and analyses of cultural artifacts or practices which encompass ideational and material concerns. While these topics encompass a vast swath of academic inquiry and scholarship, they are united in their critical examination of media and communication as they relate to political economy, individual and societal involvement in these economic systems, and the policies that shape them.

Journal of Medicinally Active Plants

  • The Journal of Medicinally Active Plants is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants. The journal publishes scientific manuscripts related to the analysis, application, bioactivity, collection, conservation, cultivation, growth, harvest, identification, physiology, processing, and other issues related to medicinally active plant material.

Living Languages

  • Living Languages is an international, multilingual journal dedicated to topics in language revitalization and sustainability. The goal of the journal is to promote scholarly work and experience-sharing in the field. The primary focus is on bringing together language revitalization practitioners from a diversity of backgrounds, whether academic or not, within a peer-reviewed publication venue that is not limited to academic contributions and is inclusive of a diversity of perspectives and forms of expression. This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution.

PCS: Portuguese Cultural Studies

  • PCS is a peer-reviewed, open access journal designed to promote interdisciplinary, theoretical and cultural studies focused on the countries of the Portuguese-speaking world and its diasporas. Its chief aim is to combine multiple theoretical perspectives in the humanities and the social sciences and to function as a medium for the exploration of complex topics across national and cultural boundaries.

Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation

  • Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation (PARE) is an on-line journal providing access to refereed articles that can have a positive impact on assessment, research, and evaluation. Manuscripts published in PARE are scholarly syntheses of research and ideas about methodological issues and practices. PARE is intended to help members of the community keep up-to-date with effective methods, trends, and research developments from a variety of settings.

Translat Library

  • Translat Library is a journal devoted to the literary culture of Europe from 1300 to 1600, with an emphasis on vernacular translations, the Romance letters, and the Latin tradition. Translat Library publishes short rigorous essays contributing new documentation and editions of unpublished texts. Inspired by the sections of notes and manuscript excerpts that were common in nineteenth-century journals, TL seeks to publish notes documenting a discovery, including the identification of a manuscript or an incunable, the source of a text, archival information on an author or a work, the paratexts of a rare edition, the complete or excerpted edition of an unpublished text, and notes on marginalia or on a published but neglected work.

Building Technology Educator's Society

  • The Building Technology Educator's Society servies the community of academics and professionals who are involved most directly with the construction of the built environment. The mission of BTES is to promote and publish the best pedagogic practices, relevant research, scholarship, and other creative activity to facilitate student learning, advance innovation, and enhance the status of building technology disciplines in the profession at large.

Proceedings of the Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning

  • The Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning is held every three years to bring together experts who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to international level. It is intended to highlight recent trends and expand the literature about landscape and greenway planning. The aim is to explore how experts from around the world have approached greenway planning and to understand how greenways have been tailored to each county’s unique geographical, cultural, and political circumstances.

Proceedings of the Society for Computation in Linguistics

  • The Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL) is devoted to facilitating and promoting research on computational and mathematical approaches in Linguistics. SCiL aims to provide a central forum for exchange of ideas and dissemination of original research results on computational approaches in any area of linguistics. In addition to providing a forum for researchers already working in these areas, SCiL hosts regular meetings that feature high-quality research presentations and peer-reviewed proceedings.

Currently Publishing Journals

Journal of Hospitality Financial Management

  • The Journal of Hospitality Financial Management is the official refereed publication of the International Association of Hospitality Financial Management (iAHFME). Published twice a year, the journal is committed to featuring eading research in the area of finance, financial economics and accounting related to hospitality and tourism. The journal also features invited papers on special interest hospitality finance/accounting topics, viewpoints, research notes, book reviews and abstracts of papers presented at the Annual Symposium of the International Association of Hospitality Financial Management Educators (iAHFME). Research article submissions in this journal typically undergo a double blind review process. Some of the key criteria for evaluation include innovativeness of research ideas, rigor and quality of research, clarity, and relevance to the practice and/or education of financial management and accounting in hospitality and tourism.


  • mOthertongue is a student-run literary journal closely associated with the Comparative Literature Program at UMass Amherst. After a brief hiatus from digital publishing, the 2018 and 2019 issues of mOthertongue will be added to ScholarWorks in the Fall of 2019.


  • Paperbark is a print and electronic-based literary magazine, published annually, with a focus on the environmental humanities, sustainable living, and the promotion of literary and fine arts. The magazine is a platform for conversations around the currents of contemporary culture through the lens of sustainability, with themes ranging from climate change, policy, and science, to the meaning of place and the value of creative expression.

University of Massachusetts Undergraduate History Journal

  • Founded in 2016 by members of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, the UMass Undergraduate History Journal is devoted to showcasing the diverse historical work of undergraduate students. This publication includes essays, book reviews, and historical reflections written either within or outside the framework of undergraduate courses. Authors may be history majors, minors, or non-majors who have interests in the study of history.

Published Conference Proceedings

Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference Proceedings

  • Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference Proceedings is a collection of all selected academic works presented in oral and poster format during global or regional FOSS4G conferences on the development and usage of FOSS4G conferences on the development and usage of FOSS4G and open data.

North East Linguistic Society (NELS)

  • The North East Linguistic Society (NELS) is an annual meeting of linguists that has been held since 1970. Since NELS11, the proceedings have been published by the Graduate Linguistic Student Association (GLSA) of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy

  • The Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy published their proceedings through ScholarWorks from 2006 - 2012.

The Conference on Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (SULA)

  • The Conference on the Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (SULA) was first organized in 2000 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Since then, the Graduate Linguistic Student Association (GLSA) has published the proceedings.

Archived Journals

African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter

  • The African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter is a resource for archaeologists and scholars engaged in all aspects of the African Diaspora. The Newsletter will maintain a running list of articles that will culminate into two closed issues, Spring and Fall. The Newsletter addresses the subject areas of African diasporas worldwide and related archaeological and historical studies. Our Newsletter serves a readership of several thousand stakeholders, researchers, and educators across the globe. Earlier online versions and archives of the African Diaspora Newsletter, for the years 1994-2000 and 2005 onward, have been hosted by New South Associates and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Contributions in Black Studies

  • Contributions in Black Studies: A Journal of African and Afro-American Studies (CIBS) was a periodical publication of the Five Colleges, Inc. (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and UMass Amherst) that appeared more or less annually from 1977 to 1997.


  • Dose-Response, the journal of the International Dose-Response Society, publishes original findings on the occurrence of dose-response relationships across a broad range of disciplines. Particular interest focuses on experimental evidence providing mechanistic understanding of nonlinear dose-response relationships. ScholarWorks contains volume 1 (2007) and volumes 3 - 12 (2014). For current issues of the journal, please visit

EDGE - A Graduate Journal for German and Scandinavian Studies

  • Founded in 2008, Edge was a peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary journal for German and Scandinavian Studies. ScholarWorks contains volume 1 (2009) through volume 5 (2015).

International Journal of Soil, Sediment and Water

  • The International Journal of Soil, Sediment and Water incorporated manuscripts from the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy. ScholarWorks contains volume 1 (2008) through volume 3 (2010).

Landscapes of Violence

  • Landscapes of Violence (LoV) is dedicated to fostering dialogue between scholarly discourses on violence, conflict and trauma in both past and present populations. ScholarWorks contains volume 1(2010) through volume 4 (2016).

Perspectives in Asian Leisure and Tourism (PALAT)

  • PALAT is a journal focused upon Asian hospitality, tourism, and leisure industries.

Rasenna: Journal of the Center for Etruscan Studies

  • Rasenna: Journal of the Center for Etruscan Studies was published under the auspices of the Classics Department and the Center for Etruscan Studies at UMass Amherst. The journal helped the Center’s mission to advance and promote research on the Etruscans and their civilization within the academic arena as well as to the general public. ScholarWorks contains volume 1 (2007) through volume 5 (2016).


  • SHARP News is the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing’s quarterly newsletter. ScholarWorks contains volume 1 (1991) through volume 23 (2014). For current issues, please visit

University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics (UMOPs)

  • Since 1975, the Graduate Student Linguistic Association (GLSA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has published Occasional Papers in Linguistics and Cognitive Science in the UMOP series

Warring States Papers: Studies in Chinese and Comparative Philology

  • The Warring States Project is a research institute, founded in 1993 within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass Amherst to provide an institutional home for the research of Bruce and Taeko Brooks on classical Chinese texts. Volume 1 became available in print in May 2012. The online edition will appear in ScholarWorks once the print edition is exhausted.