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An online platform for publishers and scholarly communities.

The MIT Press has recently developed a customized online community and publishing platform for our own use and for partners within the Institute, including the MIT Office of Digital Learning and the SOLVE Conference. We are pleased to offer the same software and development expertise to support other communities that value interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector communication and timely access to research results. Most customization focuses on publishing complex content types, supporting peer review and early publication, and facilitating conversation for both broad-based and small-group communities.

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Established Idea Commons

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MIT CogNet is an indispensable resource for cutting-edge primary research of the human mind. With an expanding collection of nearly 800 books, 6 journals, and 12 major reference works, MIT CogNet provides unparalleled access to over 435,000 pages of DRM-free content.

Find out for yourself what scholars at Caltech, Princeton, Tufts, and the National Institutes of Health already know: CogNet is the essential tool for research in the brain and cognitive sciences.

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ARTECA is a curated space for essential content linking the arts, sciences, and technologies. ARTECA houses thousands of pages of DRM-free book and journal content from the MIT Press: nearly 200 books and 500 journal issues from 4,000 contributors with new content added regularly.

ARTECA will also become a space for artists, practitioners, researchers, and educators to store, explore, and discuss their content—a space to archive work, grey literature, ephemera, and more.

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Other Potential Applications
The platform is designed to support:


Content-rich collections with varying publishing models—freely available, institutional and individual subscribers, mixed models, and those with different content access and publishing rights for different user types.


Communities that require collaboration on content in progress. The platform supports immediate content upload and publishing, light peer review, commenting, and models in which different users have different content publishing permissions.


Publishers that want to be able to publish and manage common features such as news feeds, calendars, job boards, and reading lists. Other features can be readily added and supported.

Platform Features


  • User-uploaded content
  • Recommended reading list
  • Online editorial review system
  • Accuracy in search results
  • Citation and sharing functionality
  • Paid or open access depending on community needs
  • Original and/or third-party content


  • Online events/workshop discussions
  • White papers and working drafts
  • Curated news feeds
  • Calendar of events in the field
  • Support for editorial board process
  • Conference proceedings
  • Job board

In Development

  • Push Newsletters
  • Discussion
  • Conference Papers Hosting
  • MOOC Data Templates

Partnership Models

The platform is designed to be delivered as an “empty container” with sample content, sample user types, and sample theming. Some of our publishing partners ask us to do all or most of the development work. Others ask us to collaborate closely on re-theming and launching the new site, and others do all of the theming themselves. We would consider a number of partnership models, including those for which we license the underlying platform.