The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies, is a little bit over two years old. Its modest success is due to the generosity of our host, The College of St. Scholastica, our volunteer student interns, our volunteer editors, and all of our contributors and reviewers. This journal would not be possible without the support of venerable scholarly associations such as the American Historical Association (AHA), the World History Association (WHA), which is the parent organization of the Midwest World History Association (MWWHA).
I would like to take the occasion of the publication of an essay on the innovative work of the journal's undergraduate student interns by the AHA's Perspectives on History (see link here), to urge all of our readers to become members of the AHA, the WHA, and the MWWHA. Without these scholarly organizations and the critical support they provide, the work of publications such as The Middle Ground would not take place. In other words, while the open-access movement is important, The Middle Ground is not "free" -- the labor and time donated by our students, contributors, reviewers, and editors, the logistical support provided by The College of St. Scholastica, and the network of scholars, conferences, workshops, provided by scholarly societies such as the AHA, WHA, and the MWWHA are what makes our work possible. Please support our work by contributing to these associations. Thank you.
Hong-Ming Liang, Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal
Assistant Professor of History and Politics, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota, USA.