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About MIT Press Direct

Known for iconic design, rigorous scholarship, and creative technology, the MIT Press is a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, and the arts. We work daily to reimagine what a university press can be, and to use our power as an academic publisher to elevate knowledge to inform and empower.

This vision is what inspired the launch of MIT Press Direct in January 2019 as an independent, cost-effective, and accessible way for libraries to offer MIT Press ebooks to their patrons. In 2020, we expanded the utility and reach of the platform by incorporating our journals, and in 2022 we added the essential research tool CogNet to the collection.

MIT Press Direct has also catalyzed our open access publishing initiatives for both journals and books. We now have 34 journals actively publishing in hybrid, diamond, and gold open access models. And the Direct to Open publishing model launched in 2021 has produced more than 80 open access editions of our books in its first year thanks to generous support from 265 libraries. The MIT Press is committed to responsible and ethical conduct in our workplace. View the code of conduct that governs all of our collaborations.

MIT Press Direct Books

MIT Press Direct is the best way for libraries to offer MIT Press eBooks to their patrons. Libraries can access the complete collection, with more than 3,000 eBooks and approximately 150 added each year, or subject-specific collections.

Key subject areas covered in the complete collection include art and architecture, biomedical sciences, business and finance, computer science, cognitive science, design, education, environment, game studies, humanities, information science, linguistics, neuroscience, new media, philosophy, and social sciences.

Subject collections available at launch are: economics; environmental science; philosophy; and science, technology, and society.

Key features:

  • DRM-free: users can print, copy and paste, and download PDFs by chapter
  • Unlimited simultaneous users
  • Tiered pricing based on Carnegie classifications
  • Subscription and perpetual options
  • Free MARC records and KBART files
  • COUNTER usage statistics and SUSHI reports
  • No ongoing maintenance fees
  • Consortia discounts available

To learn more, please contact us via the MIT Press Direct Service Desk.

MIT Press Journals

The MIT Press is a mission-driven, not-for-profit scholarly publisher devoted to the widest dissemination of its content. The Press published its first two quarterlies, Journal of Interdisciplinary History and Linguistic Inquiry in 1970 and founded its journals branch shortly thereafter in 1972. Today, the division publishes more than forty titles, frequently adding select publications of long-standing repute or innovative, fresh material to its current list.

The MIT Press, among the first university presses to offer its serial titles online, delivers content in print and electronic formats, covering a wide range of disciplines including the arts and humanities, social sciences, and specialized areas of science and technology. With a commitment to growth and evolution of scholarly publishing, the journals division continues to expand its publishing program, recently launching Rapid Reviews: COVID-19, the Harvard Data Science Review, and three new open access journals in the brain sciences, including Neurobiology of Language, Network Neuroscience, and Open MIND: Discoveries in Cognitive Science. Several of the Press’ journals are published in partnership with other organizations, including Dædalus, on behalf of the American Academy for Arts and Sciences, and African Arts, on behalf of the James S. Coleman African Studies Center at UCLA. Additionally, the journals branch publishes in cooperation with Harvard University, the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, the Association for Computational Linguistics, and the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology.

The MIT Press is an eminently global publisher—countries in its top ten readership pool span the world, including the UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, and China, among others. Our journals’ web pages are viewed over 5 million times a year, and boast about 2 million visitors from diverse regions. MIT Press journals are featured in book stores across the globe, and in major cities around the US. Publications such as Global Environmental Politics and Innovations explore provocative issues of global relevance, including world politics, entrepreneurship, environmental change, and international finance, and feature reportage on subjects and regions not widely covered in the general media. MIT Press prides itself on hosting publications with a cross-cultural perspective that speak to an international audience.

For over thirty years, the journals division has acquired titles considered required reading in their fields. A considerable number of the Press’ journals boast a high impact factor, such as International Security, which is often the number one journal in international relations. Computational Linguistics and The Review of Economic and Statistics are near the top of their respective fields. Whether discussing breakthroughs in machine/human interface in Artificial Life or studying the intricacies of neural processing in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, MIT Press journals frequently publish work on the cutting edge of scholarship.

Please view our journal publication ethics statement.


CogNet is an essential research tool for scholars in the brain and cognitive sciences. Authoritative and unrivaled, it is an indispensable resource for those interested in cutting-edge primary research across the range of fields that study the nature of the human mind.

The collection includes the full text of more than 780 books; the complete text of major cognitive science reference works published by the MIT Press, including several foundational works in the field; as well as access to the full text of eight MIT Press journals.

For a complete list of books and journals included or to request a free trial, visit CogNet.

Direct to Open (D2O)

D2O harnesses the collective power of libraries to support open and equitable access to vital, leading scholarship. Developed over two years with the generous support of the Arcadia Fund, in close collaboration with the library community, D2O:

  • Opens access to new MIT Press scholarly monographs and edited collections (~90 per year).
  • Provides participating libraries with term access to backlist/archives (~2,500 titles).
  • Covers partial direct costs for the publication of high-quality works that are also available for print purchase.

Since its launch in 2021, D2) has attracted support from more than 265 libraries and opened access to 80 scholarly monographs. With only 50 of the first 80 books available, D2O books have been accessed more than 176K times in the first 10 months of 2022.

Learn more about Direct to Open.

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