This Giving Tuesday: 2x the impact for MIT Press open access initiatives

With your help on Giving Tuesday, we will expand our efforts to develop equitable models for open publishing

This Giving Tuesday, your gift to the MIT Press Fund for the Future will support publishing innovation and allow us to make high quality scientific content freely and openly available to anyone, anywhere in the world. Democratizing access to trustworthy information has never been more critical—it ignites understanding and encourages cross-pollination of the vital scientific research we need to address global challenges.

For close to thirty years, the MIT Press has been a leader in digital experimentation and open publishing, and we aren’t slowing down anytime soon. In 2023, we released close to 100 new open access books and launched three new open access journals: Journal of Climate Resilience & Climate Justice, Rapid Reviews\Infectious Diseases, and Imaging Neuroscience.

This Giving Tuesday, your financial gift to the Fund for the Future will support equitable and open access to MIT Press journals and books. And, thanks to the generosity of MIT Press friends Victor and Ruth McElheny, the first $2000.00 in pledges will have 2x the impact.

As a special thank you, everyone who donates $100 or more on Giving Tuesday—November 28, 2023—will receive a one-of-a-kind, only-at-MIT tape measure marked in centimeters, inches, and smoots.* 

Together, we will expand our efforts to develop equitable and sustainable models for open publishing, making vital scholarship available to anyone, anywhere in the world. Thank you for your #GivingTuesday support!

Thank you,
Amy Brand, PhD 
Director and Publisher, MIT Press

P.S. – MIT alumni: we are happy to confirm that gifts to the MIT Press count toward annual class gift totals!

“When it comes to the climate crisis, open access enables more policy discussions, better processes, and greater impact worldwide.”

—Maria Ivanova, MIT Press author; Director of the Policy School at Northeastern University; Winner, Global Green Mentor Award, 2023 Climate Week

* What’s a smoot, you ask? A smoot is a unit of measure named for MIT alum Oliver Smoot ’62, who, as a freshman in 1958, courageously—and with good humor—served as a human measuring stick (one smoot = 5′ 7″), so the world would know with certainty that the Mass Ave bridge was approximately 364.4 smoots long. Ollie’s participation with six of his Lambda Chi pledge brothers in the hack inspired this exclusive thank-you gift.

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