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The MIT Press is a university press
University press
A university press is an academic, nonprofit publishing house that is typically affiliated with a large research university, and publishes work that has been reviewed by scholars in the field. It produces mainly scholarly works...

 affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education and research.Founded in 1861 in...

 (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, in the Greater Boston area. It was named in honor of the University of Cambridge in England, an important center of the Puritan theology embraced by the town's founders. Cambridge is home to two of the world's most prominent...

 (United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

).

History


The MIT Press traces its origins back to 1926 when MIT published under its own name a lecture series entitled Problems of Atomic Dynamics given by the visiting German physicist and later Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prizes are annual international awards bestowed by Scandinavian committees in recognition of cultural and scientific advances. The will of the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the prizes in 1895...

 winner, Max Born
Max Born
Max Born was a German-born physicist and mathematician who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics. He also made contributions to solid-state physics and optics and supervised the work of a number of notable physicists in the 1920s and 30s...

. Six years later, MIT's publishing operations were first formally instituted by the creation of an imprint
Imprint
In the publishing industry, an imprint can mean several different things:* As a piece of bibliographic information about a book, it refers to the name and address of the book's publisher and its date of publication as given at the foot or on the verso of its title page.* It can mean a trade name...

 called Technology Press in 1932. This imprint was founded by James R. Killian, Jr., at the time editor of MIT's alumni magazine and later to become MIT president.

Technology Press published eight titles independently, then in 1937 entered into an arrangement with John Wiley & Sons
John Wiley & Sons
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., also referred to as Wiley, is a global publishing company that specializes in academic publishing and markets its products to professionals and consumers, students and instructors in higher education, and researchers and practitioners in scientific, technical, medical, and...

 in which Wiley took over marketing and editorial responsibilities. In 1962 the association with Wiley came to an end after a further 125 titles had been published. The press acquired its modern name after this separation, and has since functioned as an independent publishing house.

An academic journal
Academic journal
An academic journal is a peer-reviewed periodical in which scholarship relating to a particular academic discipline is published. Academic journals serve as forums for the introduction and presentation for scrutiny of new research, and the critique of existing research...

s publishing division was added in 1968, and the following year MIT Press opened a marketing and sales office in Europe.

In 1981 the MIT Press published its first book under the Bradford Books imprint, Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology by Daniel C. Dennett
Daniel Dennett
Daniel Clement Dennett is an American philosopher, writer and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is currently the Co-director of...

.

In August 2006 MIT Press published its 8000th title.

Business


MIT Press primarily publishes academic titles in the fields of Art & Architecture, the Cognitive Sciences
Cognitive science
Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary scientific study of mind and its processes. It examines what cognition is, what it does and how it works. It includes research on how information is processed , represented, and transformed in behaviour, nervous system or machine...

, Computational Biology
Computational biology
Computational biology involves the development and application of data-analytical and theoretical methods, mathematical modeling and computational simulation techniques to the study of biological, behavioral, and social systems...

, Computer Science
Computer science
Computer science or computing science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and of practical techniques for their implementation and application in computer systems...

, Economics
Economics
Economics is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. The term economics comes from the Ancient Greek from + , hence "rules of the house"...

, Environmental Science
Environmental science
Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical and biological sciences, to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems...

, Neuroscience
Neuroscience
Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. Traditionally, neuroscience has been seen as a branch of biology. However, it is currently an interdisciplinary science that collaborates with other fields such as chemistry, computer science, engineering, linguistics, mathematics,...

, New Media
New media
New media is a broad term in media studies that emerged in the latter part of the 20th century. For example, new media holds out a possibility of on-demand access to content any time, anywhere, on any digital device, as well as interactive user feedback, creative participation and community...

, and Science, Technology, & Society
History of science and technology
The history of science and technology is a field of history which examines how humanity's understanding of the natural world and ability to manipulate it have changed over the centuries...

. The Press has published more than 8,000 books throughout its history, and publishes about 200 books and 30 journals every year.

The MIT Press is a distributor for such publishers as Zone Books and Semiotext(e)
Semiotext(e)
Semiotext is an American independent publisher. It is widely credited for having introduced so-called "French Theory" to North America through its magazine issues and Foreign Agents series. In 2000, the MIT Press began distributing Semiotext, taking it over from the anarchist publishing collective...

. In 2000, the MIT Press created CogNet
CogNet
CogNet: The Brain Sciences Connection is an online community serving those studying the brain and the cognitive sciences. This subscriber-based resource was created in 2000 by the MIT Press...

, an online resource for the study of the brain and the cognitive sciences.

The MIT Press also operates the MIT Press Bookstore showcasing both its front and backlist titles, along with a large selection of complementary works from other academic and trade publishers. The retail storefront is located next to the inbound Kendall Square Station of the MBTA Red Line
Red Line (MBTA)
The Red Line is a rapid transit line operated by the MBTA running roughly north-south through Boston, Massachusetts into neighboring communities. The line begins west of Boston, in Cambridge, Massachusetts at Alewife station, near the intersection of Alewife Brook Parkway and Route 2...

 subway in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, in the Greater Boston area. It was named in honor of the University of Cambridge in England, an important center of the Puritan theology embraced by the town's founders. Cambridge is home to two of the world's most prominent...

. The Bookstore offers customized selections from the MIT Press at many conferences and symposia in the Boston area, and sponsors occasional lectures and book signings at MIT.

Logo


The colophon
Colophon (publishing)
In publishing, a colophon is either:* A brief description of publication or production notes relevant to the edition, in modern books usually located at the reverse of the title page, but can also sometimes be located at the end of the book, or...

, or logo, was designed by the first art director of the Press, Muriel Cooper
Muriel Cooper
Muriel Cooper was a digital designer, business woman, researcher, and educator.Cooper received her BA from Ohio State in 1944, and a BFA in Design and a BS in Education from Massachusetts College of Art. After her graduation, Cooper moved to New York City and attempted to find a position in...

, in the early 1960s. The logo is based on the lower-case letters "mitp," hence the tall "t" at the fifth stripe and the drop "p" at the sixth-and-seventh stripe. The logo is somewhat reminiscent of the trigrams of the I Ching
I Ching
The I Ching or "Yì Jīng" , also known as the Classic of Changes, Book of Changes and Zhouyi, is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts...

.

List of journals published by the MIT Press

  • African Arts
    African Arts (journal)
    African Arts is a peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to the study and discussion of traditional, contemporary, and popular African arts. It was founded in 1967 and is published online and in hard copy by the MIT Press, which distributes the journal for the James S. Coleman African Studies...

  • Artificial Life
    Artificial Life (journal)
    Artificial Life is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers the study of man-made systems that exhibit the behavioral characteristics of natural living systems. Its articles cover system synthesis in software, hardware, and wetware. Artificial Life was established in 1993 and is the official...

  • ARTMargins
  • Asian Economic Papers
    Asian Economic Papers
    Asian Economic Papers is a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on the analysis of economic issues in Asia. The journal was founded in 2000 and is published online and in hard copy by the MIT Press...

  • Biological Theory
    Biological Theory
    Biological Theory is a peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to theoretical advances in the fields of evolution and cognition. It was established in 2005 and is published online and in hard copy by the MIT Press and the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research....

  • The Baffler
    The Baffler
    The Baffler is a left-wing magazine of cultural, political, and business criticism that was founded in 1988 and published until the spring of 2007. It was revived in 2009, with the first issue of Volume 2 published in January 2010...

  • Computational Linguistics
    Computational Linguistics (journal)
    Computational Linguistics is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of computational linguistics. It is published quarterly by MIT Press for the Association for Computational Linguistics...

  • Computer Music Journal
    Computer Music Journal
    Computer Music Journal is an American academic journal that covers a wide range of topics related to digital audio signal processing and electroacoustic music. It is published on-line and in hard copy by MIT Press. The magazine is accompanied by an annual CD/DVD that collects audio and video work...

  • Daedalus
    Daedalus (journal)
    Dædalus is a peer-reviewed academic journal founded in 1955 as the Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. It is published by MIT Press on behalf of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Each issue addresses a theme with essays on the arts, sciences, and humanities. Special...

  • Design Issues
    Design Issues
    Design Issues is the first peer-reviewed academic journal to examine design history, theory, and criticism. The journal typically include theoretical and critical articles, book reviews, and illustrations. Design Issues was established in 1984 and is published online and in hard copy by the MIT...

  • Education Finance and Policy
    Education Finance and Policy
    Education Finance and Policy is a peer-reviewed academic journal addressing public policy developments affecting educational institutions. Topics covered by the journal include school accountability, education standards, teacher compensation, instructional policy, higher education productivity and...

  • Evolutionary Computation
    Evolutionary Computation (journal)
    Evolutionary Computation is a peer-reviewed academic journal published four times a year by the MIT Press. The journal serves as an international forum for researchers exchanging information in the field which deals with computational systems drawing their inspiration from nature....

  • Global Environmental Politics
    Global Environmental Politics
    Global Environmental Politics is a peer-reviewed academic journal which examines the relationship between global political forces and environmental change....

  • Grey Room
    Grey Room
    Grey Room is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering work in the fields art, media, and politics relating to architecture. The journal features articles, translations, interviews, dossiers and academic exchange. Grey Room is published quarterly, online and in hard copy, by the MIT Press....

  • Innovations
    Innovations (journal)
    Innovations is a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges. It is published quarterly by the MIT Press.- History :Innovations published its first issue in 2006...

  • International Journal of Learning and Media
    International Journal of Learning and Media
    The International Journal of Learning and Media is an electronic peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to examining the relationship between learning and media. The journal is published four times a year by the MIT Press and is online-only....

  • International Security
    International Security
    International Security is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of international and national security. It was founded in 1976 and is edited by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and published four times a year by MIT Press, both of Cambridge,...

  • Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
    Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
    The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience is a peer-reviewed academic journal for scientific research on cognitive neuroscience and the interaction between brain and behavior...

  • Journal of Cold War Studies
    Journal of Cold War Studies
    The Journal of Cold War Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal on the history of the Cold War. It was established in 1999 and is published by MIT Press for the Harvard Project on Cold War Studies. The journal is issued also under the auspices of the Davis Center for Russian Studies...

  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
    Journal of Interdisciplinary History
    The Journal of Interdisciplinary History is a peer-reviewed academic journal published four times a year by the MIT Press. It covers a broad range of historical themes and periods, linking history to other academic fields.-Contents:...

  • Leonardo
    Leonardo (journal)
    Leonardo is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the MIT Press covering the application of contemporary science and technology to the arts and music.- History :...

  • Leonardo Music Journal
    Leonardo Music Journal
    Leonardo Music Journal is an annual multimedia peer-reviewed academic journal published by the MIT Press on behalf of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. It publishes the work of artists who are inventing media, implementing developing technologies, and expanding the...

  • Linguistic Inquiry
    Linguistic Inquiry
    Linguistic Inquiry is a peer-reviewed academic journal in generative linguistics published by the MIT Press since 1970. Ever since its foundation, it has been edited by Samuel Jay Keyser. Many seminal linguistic articles first appeared on its pages. The volumes since 1998 are available online via...

  • Neural Computation
    Neural Computation
    Neural Computation is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering aspects of neural computation. Articles highlight problems and techniques in modeling the brain, and in the design and construction of neurally-inspired information processing systems. Neural Computation was founded in 1989 and is...

  • The New England Quarterly
    The New England Quarterly
    The New England Quarterly is a peer-reviewed academic journal consisting of articles on New England's cultural, literary, political, and social history. The journal contains essays, interpretations of traditional texts, essay reviews and book reviews...

  • October
    October (journal)
    October is a peer-reviewed academic journal specializing in contemporary art, criticism, and theory, published by the MIT Press.-History:...

  • PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art
  • Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal
    Perspecta (journal)
    Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal is a student-edited peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Yale School of Architecture, Yale University since 1952. It is rated as an A* journal on the Excellence in Research for Australia journal list....

  • Perspectives on Science
    Perspectives on Science
    Perspectives on Science is a peer-reviewed academic journal that consists of science studies that integrate historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives. The journal contains theoretical essays, case studies and review essays. Perspectives on Science was founded in 1993 and is...

  • Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments
    Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments
    Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments is a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to electromechanical and computer systems. It was the first journal established specifically for investigators of teleoperators and virtual environments. Presence was founded in 1992 and is published...

  • The Review of Economics and Statistics
    The Review of Economics and Statistics
    The Review of Economics and Statistics is a United States peer-reviewed academic journal of applied economics. It is edited at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and published online and in hard copy by the MIT Press. The Review, founded in 1917, often focuses on quantitative...

  • TDR: The Drama Review
    TDR (journal)
    TDR: The Drama Review is a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on performances in their social, economic, aesthetic, and political contexts. The journal covers dance, theatre, music, performance art, visual art, popular entertainment, media, sports, rituals, and performance in politics and...


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