OACIP: History of Media Studies

Open Access Community Investment Program Participant

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History of Media Studies is participating in the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP). The program's goal is to help match libraries, consortia, foundations, departments and other prospective scholarly publishing funders with non-profit publishers and journal editorial boards that are seeking financial investments to sustain or transition journals or books to Open Access (OA) publishing.

About History of Media Studies

History of Media Studies (HMS) is a new, peer-reviewed, scholar-run, diamond OA journal founded to augment understanding of the ways that media have been conceived, investigated, and studied around the world. The journal has three overlapping aims:

  1. To address the absence of publishing outlets for rigorous work on the history of the overlapping fields of communication research, cultural studies, film studies, information science, media studies, speech, and rhetoric.
  2. To provide a platform for scholarship on these fields’ complex institutional, social, and intellectual histories from around the world, reaching beyond the North American and Western European lens of much existing literature.
  3. To take advantage of open access, multimedia publishing, on the assumption that historians of media studies might illuminate these fields’ pasts in dialogue with new forms of scholarly communication.
The journal has modest costs, inclusive of professional copy-editing/proofing, software, platform hosting, memberships, and other infrastructure and overhead. All other editorial and production labor is volunteer, which helps keep per-article costs to $750 while maintaining the highest quality standards. The journal is low-volume by design, aiming to publish up to 10 full-length articles per year on a rolling basis, in addition to shorter contributions.

The journal is published by mediastudies.press, a scholar-led, diamond OA nonprofit publisher launched in 2019 with a commitment to financial transparency. As media scholars, and historians of media scholarship, the directors of mediastudies.press are committed to multimedia formats—one of the principal reasons for selecting the open-source MIT PubPub platform.

Investment Criteria

Each OACIP participant completes a standardized form which asks for the criteria that libraries and other investors require in order to make investment decisions. These criteria will provide transparency around issues important to investors in this space.

Fully funded through 2026!

Funds committed: $12,500 annually for five years

Funding needed: $0 annually for five years

Funding Tiers

Five-year commitments are being sought for annual contributions at the tiered levels below:

Support Level

U.S. Classification (Carnegie Classification-Basic)

Canada Classification (CRKN Bands)

Recommended Support(US$)


Baccalaureate/Associate's; Associate’s; Special Focus 4-year; Special Focus 2-Year; Tribal Colleges & Universities; Academic Departments

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5



Master’s; Baccalaureate

Bands 6, 7, 8, 9




Bands 10, 11, 12, 13



Special Programs; Supporting Organizations; Funding Agencies; Consortia

Special Programs; Supporting Organizations; Funding Agencies; Consortia


Invest in this Program

The History of Media Studies Funding Community

  • Iowa State University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University Libraries & School of Information Studies
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas at Austin


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