Journal of Opinions, Ideas & Essays (JOIE)

The Journal of Opinions, Ideas & Essays (JOIEis an open access, online journal sponsored by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA).  The journal provides 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. The articles are intended for a broad, general audience.

JOIE Online

Please visit the JOIE website to enjoy the articles or to submit one of your own. Examples include 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 (a University Extension program) and the surprisingly convoluted pathway to an inscription for Northrop in The Northrop Auditorium Inscription (It was harder than you think.).  JOIE publications have persistent URLs through the University Digital Conservancy and are accessible on the internet using search engines such as Google.

Submitting to JOIE

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. Editor-in-chief Kristine Bettin will assist authors in fine-tuning a paper for publication in the journal.  Also, please conact Kris with any questions or suggestions on ideas or content.  

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The past year saw the revival of the online Journal of Opinions, Ideas & Essays (JOIE), sponsored by UMRA. The open-access journal was established in 2013 as a venue for publishing articles written by members of the University community, both retired and employed. More …

    Publication Date: Feb 21 2022 - 5:15pm


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