Journal of Opinions, Ideas & Essays (JOIE)

The Journal of Opinions, Ideas & Essays (JOIEis an open access, electronic journal sponsored by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA). JOIE is hosted by the University Digital Conservancy, a program of the University of Minnesota Libraries. The purpose of the journal is to provide a digital venue for a wide variety of articles submitted by retired or active faculty, staff and alumni from the Twin Cities and coordinate campuses of the University. 

Articles are intended for a broad, general audience. Examples might be biographical, historical, or literary essays; matters of curricular interest; comments on University issues; pedagogical essays; short stories or poetry; book reviews; speculative scientific hypotheses or essays. As an electronic journal, JOIE can accommodate graphics and illustrations and is well-suited for photographic essays or other artistic presentations.  Recent additions to the journal include a brief, fun read on Master Gardeners and analysis of the impact of the Professional Development Grants for Retirees Program.  JOIE publications are accessible on the internet using search engines such as Google.

There is no due date for submissions to JOIE and articles are published as soon as they are reviewed and approved by a committee of volunteer editors. There are no set formatting rules or length restrictions. All high-quality contributions are welcome.

Please visit the JOIE website to enjoy the articles and to find additional information for the submission process. Editor-in-chief Kristine Bettin will assist authors in fine-tuning a paper for publication in the journal.


The Journal of Opinions, Ideas & Essays (JOIE), has seen a recent influx of new articles on a wide variety of topics.  With the addition of six articles, the number of papers downloaded for reading during the first seven months of 2021 was nearly 20% higher than during the same period one year previously.  Everyone associated with the University of Minnesota, both active and retired, qualifies as an author -- faculty, P & A employees, civil service/bargaining unit staff, and alumni. More …

    Publication Date: Aug 16 2021 - 11:00pm


UMRA's Journal of Opinions, Ideas & Essays, newly relaunched, has published four articles so far in 2021. More ...

    Publication Date: Apr 15 2021 - 1:15pm


JOIE has great potential as a resource for scholars of all types to enjoy reading and/or writing that may be outside their professional spheres. More …

    Publication Date: Mar 17 2021 - 12:00pm