Manifold Scholarship is an open-source publishing platform that enables authors and publishers a means to showcase and enhance the electronic content they already produce in their existing workflows: texts are displayed in a responsive, elegant reader crafted for all modern browsers and devices—desktop and mobile. Powerful built-in annotation and commenting systems allow readers to annotate, highlight, discuss, cite, and share passages from any Manifold text. Resources that are foundational to a particular discussion but that are often tabled because of physical, technical, logistic, or legal limitations can be layered dynamically and directly onto the digital text. And with Manifold, a new kind of publication is possible, one where authors create projects that grow iteratively and that are published online as they are created and then later in print, when they have been codified as versions of record. In short, Manifold transforms scholarly publications into living digital works.

Learn more at manifoldapp.org

Using the Manifold Documentation

This documentation will serve as a guide to different users aiming to publish materials openly, iteratively, and elsewise on Manifold. Brief by design and written for publishers, authors, readers and developers to be of immediate, practical use, these instructions function as a walk-through of the Manifold format.

If you are interested in hosting your own instance of Manifold, begin with the step-by-step install instructions. If you would prefer not to manage your own instance of Manifold, the University of Minnesota Press offers digital services covering project preparation, hosting, customization and support in partnership with Cast Iron Coding. Once Manifold has been installed and configured, documentation is broken into parts that reflect operations of Manifold:

Getting Support: Where and How

If you find yourself unclear about the process, what is expected of you, or if you have questions that extend beyond the scope of what is covered herein, please reach out to the Manifold team for assistance.

The Manifold team lives on Slack, and we’d love for you to join us in conversation there. Use this link to secure an invite to our chat room where you can speak with our developers and other community members for assistance in real time. Or send us an email at contact@manifoldapp.org.

Reporting an Issue

If you find a bug, let us know over on GitHub by submitting an issue. If you don’t already have a GitHub account, you’ll be able to create one when you click that link.

Request a Feature

If there are features you’d like us to consider building into Manifold, we want to know. Request a feature on our GitHub repo and begin that conversation.

Short History

The University of Minnesota Press in partnership with the GC Digital Scholarship Lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has been awarded a $732,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch Manifold Scholarship. The development of Manifold is performed by Cast Iron Coding, a digital development agency in Portland, Oregon.

Open Development

Our ultimate goal is to build an open source tool that other university presses will use. To that end, we want to hear from our prospective users throughout the design and development process. To participate in the discussion, join us on our Building Manifold Development Blog.

Technical Infrastructure

Manifold’s technology stack is made up of the following dependencies. To learn more about how these are employed in the architecture of the platform, see “A Technical Introduction to Manifold,” authored by the lead developer of Manifold, Zach Davis.

  • Node
  • React
  • Ruby
  • Rails
  • Redis
  • ElasticSearch
  • PostgreSQL
  • PanDoc

Contribute Documentation

If you have revisions or improvements you’d like to contribute to our documentation, please open an issue or submit a pull request at our documentation repository.