What makes a MESH project?

  • Explores digital scholarly communication
  • Develops platforms that enhance/advance/transform digital scholarship
  • Contains a clear research agenda with respect to enhancing, advancing, and/or transforming digital scholarship
  • Expands capacity at the university or in academe more broadly
  • Reuses, repurposes, develops, and/or generalizes existing platforms to enable new scholarship
  • Focuses on dissemination rather than collection

Collaborative Community Review (CCR)

PPJ is in a transition that is tied to the Community Collaborative Review (CCR) application that is being built by MESH developers. The CCR will attempt to implement the Formative Peer Review process in an opinionated yet agnostic way allowing for PPJ and other publications to use the application to do peer review in a way that is collaborative and open with the goal of improving a submission to the point it is ready for publication. Then, the submission will be able to be exported into a variety of formats or publishing platforms to promote scholarly advancement.

The Domains Initiative

Grounded in the aim of empowering individuals to develop their digital presence and have agency over their work, The Domains Initiative provides server and hosting space for faculty, staff, and graduate students at MSU through Reclaim Hosting. With the provided hosting, users can create a professional portfolio, a website for a collaborative project, and/or a digital archive or book. The Initiative provides individuals with the digital space and human support via training, online tutorials, and on-demand appointments.

Humanities Commons and MSU Commons

Humanities Commons is a trusted, nonprofit network where humanities scholars can create a professional profile, discuss common interests, develop new publications, and share their work. The Humanities Commons network is open to anyone. Michigan State University is the new home of Humanities Commons, launched in 2016 by the Modern Language Association. The platform serves nearly 25,000 members, and supports five participating organizations through MLA Commons, ASEEES Commons, and UP Commons, and more. MESH Research oversees the ongoing development and growth of the Commons platform, providing research and development, project management, and community engagement services.

The Commons has become a key piece of online scholarly infrastructure in the humanities, providing an open access platform for connecting members with fellow scholars, sharing their work, and developing their online presence and network. MSU Commons is the first institutional node on the Commons platform, serving as MSU’s institutional repository and a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration and research. MSU Commons is an MSU specific institutional node of the larger Commons Network that is provided for MSU Faculty, Staff and Students. The platform will continue to grow with the launch of STEM Commons and Social Science Commons in 2021, bringing the same tools, presence, and open-access repository to new disciplines.


HuMetricsHSS is an initiative that creates and supports values-enacted frameworks for understanding and evaluating all aspects of the scholarly life well-lived and for promoting the nurturing of these values in scholarly practice. Comprised of individuals working in academic and nonprofit academic–adjacent sectors, the HuMetricsHSS team is committed to establishing humane indicators of excellence in academia, focused particularly on the humanities and social sciences (HSS).

MESH Research provides a home for HuMetricsHSS as well as project management and design support. Currently under development are a Values Sorting tool, which will allow users to find ways to infuse scholarly activities with values important to them, and a toolset to explore and search syllabi as both an object and an indicator of scholarship. The HuMetricsHSS team engages in workshops, research, and digital work designed to empower individuals, groups, and institutions to engage in values-based evaluation of humanities scholarship. 

Manifold Scholarship

Manifold Scholarship is an open-source publishing platform that will be offered as a publishing solution for MSU faculty and students. It will be one of many options to share digitally scholarly works. It has robust features such as powerful built-in annotation, an ability to link resources into the discussion within the text, and to discuss, cite, and comment within the text to enable rich exchanges of ideas.  With Manifold, authors can see their works grow, move and breathe until they wish to codify them into the final version of record. MESH is working on identifying best practices and use cases for Manifold here at MSU. You can find MSU’s instance here

Public Philosophy Journal

The Public Philosophy Journal (PPJ) is an open forum for the curation and creation of accessible scholarship that deepens our understanding of, deliberation about, and action concerning issues of public relevance. In contrast to other scholarly journals, the PPJ has adopted an innovative Formative Peer Review process designed to enable colleagues engaged with questions of public concern to create scholarship that is accessible to, relevant for, and shaped by the public.