Resources for Editors of Scholarly Journals: Launching a Journal: Memoranda of Agreement

Digital Publishing Services at the University of Kansas Libraries have created this guide to assist those thinking of starting a new journal or working with an existing journal. Contact Marianne Reed ( or Lyn Wolz ( for help.

Memoranda of Agreement Between Publishers and Journals

Memoranda of Agreement (also known as Memoranda of Understanding) are contracts between publishers and journals that stipulate the rights and responsibilities of both parties.  The resources on this page can help journal publishers create effective Memoranda of Agreement that define the expectations and responsibilities of both the publisher and the governing bodies for each journal that they publish.

We suggest you start with the following.   A more extensive list of sample memoranda of agreement can be found at the bottom of the page.