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Origins of This Journal

In 2013 Professor Martin Dworkin called a group of University colleagues together to discuss the creation of an online, refereed journal titled the Journal of Opinions, Ideas, & Essays (JOIE) to be sponsored by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA). The journal was to publish articles examining a variety of scholarly, artistic, educational, and civic issues and written by faculty, P&A staff, and civil service colleagues, both retired and still employed, from the Twin Cities and coordinate campuses of the University. At about the same time, the University Libraries launched a new, online archival project named the University Digital Conservancy (UDC). In short order, a working agreement was reached between the two parties, whereupon Professor Dworkin and his JOIE colleagues set about the task of recruiting an initial set of authors to launch the new electronic journal. Within a year's time, more than a dozen documents had been submitted, reviewed and approved for publication. Momentum, however, ground to a halt upon Professor Dworkin's untimely death.

Persuaded of JOIE's value to the University community and determined to see Professor Dworkin's initiative succeed, several colleagues instrumental in JOIE's creation determined to press ahead. The moment was fortuitous, because the University Libraries was establishing a new Publishing Services initiative. Agreements between the JOIE Editorial Board and the University Libraries were reached in short order and the newly defined JOIE program came into being. By early October of 2015, the new JOIE program had been launched and sixteen initial submissions had been published.