COVID-19 Pandemic

Updates during the COVID-19 pandemic

In response to the increased need for digital content and distance learning, we are rapidly expanding access to e-resources at the MIT Press

As the global community confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, access to knowledge and research is more urgent than ever before. During these uncertain times, the MIT Press remains committed to its mission of disseminating scholarly ideas for the broadest possible audience.

In response to the increased need for digital content and distance learning, we are rapidly expanding access to e-resources at the Press. To support researchers and experts working to address the worldwide health crisis, we are providing a growing list of free articles on pandemics, epidemiology, and other relevant subjects. For at-home learners looking to build new knowledge, we are making a selection of recent titles freely available on PubPub, an open-source platform used for community publishing.

Our full staff is now working remotely and will continue to do so for as long as necessary. Despite this transition, all essential activities and operations are proceeding. Our printers are operating and our distribution warehouses are open and readers can order books directly from the MIT Press website. We continue to consider proposals for new books by qualified authors in a wide range of subject areas. If you would like to propose a book, please follow the instructions on this page.

For current authors, please note: we are unable to mail statements along with royalty checks; however, we are still processing payments and they will be mailed to you separately. Going forward we’ll be connecting with authors about royalties electronically. Please click here to provide us with your up to date email address. If you’d like a PDF copy of your statement, please mention that in your email.

At the MIT Press Reader, we are drawing on relevant backlist and inviting authors to provide their expertise and unique perspectives on matters related to the crisis. We are also offering a virtual author series each week called MIT Press Live! 

Many local bookstores are also offering online ordering and we have select titles available on the MIT Press Bookstore through Bookshop. Our publicists continue to work tirelessly to launch and promote our publishing through a wide variety of marketing and media channels. We encourage authors with any questions, to contact us.

As the current crisis unfolds, our teams in Cambridge and London are hard at work finding creative solutions to share words and ideas with our readers across the globe. This page will be updated as new resources become available.

Expanded Access to E-Resources

MIT Press First Reads Series

MIT Press First Reads is a series of rapidly produced, digital-first titles offering expert insight to inform matters of urgent local and global consequence. The inaugural title in the series is Economics in the Age of COVID-19, the first major book about the potential economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In it, author Joshua Gans outlines the phases of the pandemic economy, from containment to reset to recovery and enhancement. Gans steps back from the short-term chaos to take a clear and systematic look at how economic choices are being made in response to COVID-19.

Learn more about Economics in the Age of COVID-19.

Rapid Reviews: COVID-19

Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 is an open-access overlay journal that seeks to accelerate peer review of COVID-19-related research and prevent the dissemination of false or misleading scientific news. The editorial team identifies papers related to the novel coronavirus and its impacts that have been posted to preprint servers and commissions cross-linked, rapid peer reviews of these manuscripts. The journal also offers publishing options to the authors of papers that are positively reviewed, providing a vital outlet for research communications produced in the wake of the pandemic.

Learn more about Rapid Reviews: COVID-19.

Articles on Pandemics and Other Relevant Topics

This collection of articles from our archives offers valuable information on pandemics to help inform and educate at this critical time. In addition, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University has put together a Crisis Reader on Biosecurity and the Global COVID-19 Outbreak, a collection of articles from our journal International Security, that will also be free on

Freely Available MIT Press Books

In response to the increased need for digital content and distance learning, we are making a selection of books on pandemics, epidemiology, and related topics freely available for the foreseeable future on PubPub.

Select Available Titles:

See all available titles here.

The MIT Press Reader

The MIT Press Reader will continue to publish articles related to the crisis, providing insightful commentary for as long as necessary. Currently, these include everything from a sweeping history of pandemics—with a few words on our current crisis—by renowned scientist Vaclav Smil, to a powerful argument for employing smartphone location data to stop the spread of the virus.

Virtual Author Talk Series

MIT Press Live! is a weekly virtual author talk series aimed at building vibrant online communities. These online events will feature experts from around the world offering enlightening and timely takes on important topics. Events will take place Tuesdays at 12:30 pm Eastern time and are free and open to the public.

See the full list of sessions here.