Dear friends of and contributors to the Middle West Review:
As you all know, we had previously expected to publish our initial issue next week. However, in the past few days, we have been working toward finalizing a partnership with the University of Nebraska Press (UNP). As we negotiate and agree upon the terms of this partnership, we will need to postpone the publication of our inaugural issue and the launch of our website. At this time, we are uncertain of the exact date on which this issue will be published, but we can reasonably expect to do so in the next three months. Accordingly, we have extended the deadline for submissions to be considered for this initial issue. Though we were prepared to publish a strong inaugural issue next week, we feel that we can supplement the excellent work we have already selected, revised, and readied for publication. We therefore encourage all those interested in contributing to the Middle West Review to do so before Monday, June 9, 2014. We are very excited about the prospect of working with the UNP and feel that this minor delay will prove worthwhile.
The Middle West Review will continue to operate in much the same way that it has. Our current editorial structure will not be significantly altered. Nonetheless, the UNP will assist with some critical logistical matters and allow us to bring our content to a wider audience. The UNP staff will help with copyediting, typesetting, printing, marketing, fulfilling subscription orders, archiving, financial recordkeeping, managing copyright and subsidiary issues, web development, and digital publishing.
Most importantly, our vision of reviving the study of the American Midwest will remain firmly intact. This partnership will make the Middle West Review a stronger and more effective product. Through this collaborative arrangement, we look forward to bringing fine, cutting edge scholarship on the Midwest to the public.
Thank you for your patience with the Middle West Review and your dedication to our mission. If you have any questions or concerns about this new partnership and the future direction of the journal, please feel free to contact editor-in-chief Paul Mokrzycki via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Middle West Review editorial board