About Medium publications

Publications are shared spaces for stories written around a common theme or topic, usually by multiple authors.

Key features of publications

To see a publication in action, check out our official Medium blog 3 min read:


User functions

Each publication is owned by a single user account—the publication's owner. The owner account has full rights to manage the publication and can add other users as publication editors and writers.

  • Editors can review, edit and publish stories submitted by writers, as well as add their own stories and modify the publication's layout.
  • Writers are regular contributors who can submit their stories to the publication.

Creating a publication

Creating a publication is available to all Medium users. The user account used to create the publication will become its owner.

For a step-by-step guide to setting up your publication, see Create publication.

Customizing a publication

In the publication's settings, you can add a header with a title and/or logo, set up a number of sections with customizable layouts, and add feature pages which act as tabs housing specialized content.

Adding stories to a publication

For a story to be added to a publication, a user must first write the story and submit to the publication. To learn more about the submission process, see Add draft or post to publication.

To confirm that a story has been submitted to a publication, the writer must ensure that when in edit mode, the top-left corner of the story says “Submitted draft” or “Submitted story.” If the top-left corner says “Not yet submitted”, then the post is not yet submitted to the publication. In that case, the writer must first click the “Ready to submit?” button, followed by “Submit to publication,”

Once a story is submitted to a publication, the publication editors must then accept the story before it is published into the publication. The author retains all rights to the content and is still able to introduce changes or withdraw it from the publication altogether.

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