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Publications on Medium bring individual voices together around a common theme and shared purpose. Communities and organizations (or individuals) can tell their stories from one central point of distribution, combining the diverse efforts of many unique voices for greater impact on Medium’s reader network.

The workflow is simple. Writers submit drafts to editors, who have final say on what stories appear in a publication and their final form. Editors can write their own stories, and for collaboration can review, correct, leave notes, and approve stories by other writers according to the standards of the owners of the publication. Anyone can start a publication and invite others to collaborate as editors and writers.

*See our full Help Center documentation on Starting a New Publication.


What Happens When a Story Is Added to a Publication

Rights

Stories included in a publication are branded with the name, logo, and URL of the publication, and are always equally accessible on the profile page of the author.The author is always credited and retains all rights to their content, unless other licensing options are chosen.

Distribution

Stories in a publication are distributed in the feeds and digests of the followers of both the publication and of the writer, creating crossover audiences.

Note: Stories can only live in one publication at a time. Writers are free to remove their stories from any publication at any time.


Publication URLs

New publications are automatically assigned a unique URL under the Medium domain, based on the title chosen for the publication, such as https://medium.com/the-story/.

A preview URL will appear beneath your title

Custom Domains

With our custom domain program, publications can use all the features of the Medium editor and network on their own unique URL, as in: http://thebillfold.com.

Publications may also use a custom sub-domain on an existing site, such as: https://thecauldron.si.com/.

Migrations

For more information on migrating your existing blog to Medium, please see How to move to Medium.


Publication Contact Information

While setting up your publication, you can include links to your Twitter and Facebook profiles, as well as a contact email address. 

Information added here will be visible on your publication’s home page, and will enable readers and potential writers to contact you directly. Your publication’s email address will also be the reply-address when you send Letters to your subscribers (discussed in more detail below).

Connect Twitter

To enable new publications to transfer their existing social media fan-bases to Medium, you can also connect your Twitter account to your Medium publication. When you do, any followers of that Twitter account who also have Medium accounts will automatically become followers of that publication.

On your publication’s “About” page, you’ll see a Connect to Twitter option:

Note: Your publication’s Twitter account may not already be linked to a Medium user account, and you won’t be able to use it to log into Medium.


Publication Images

There are several types of image assets used in a Medium publication, each with it’s own optimal image size and format.

(1) Publication avatar is used in previews of your content throughout the site.The image must be square and a minimum of 60px by 60px.

(2) Publication story logo appears at the top of all your publication’s stories. The image is 72px tall and can have a maximum width of 600px.

(3) Publication homepage logo appears only on the header of your publication’s homepage. It can appear on its own as a graphic or in conjunction with a text title.

Publication homepage logos can also be overlaid on a background image, when you choose a Large header style. If you use a background image (or color), be sure to upload a transparent .PNG image for your logo.

You can also set the focal point for cropping of your background image by clicking on the menu option marked “Background image”:

 

Note: Medium is intended to function beautifully on everything from large retina screens down to phones and mobile devices. We require that background images be at least 1500px wide and 750px high. There is no ideal size for homepage logos, but you should aim to upload an image at least twice the size of what you’d like your final dimension to appear onscreen. Larger logos will always scale down, but small logos will not scale up.

Your best bet for homepage logos and background images will simply be to upload the largest version of the image you have available.


Publication Layout

In addition to applying a header image, there are a number of layout options for controlling the look of your publication.

Headers

Medium supports three header sizes for publication home pages.

Small:

Medium:

Large: 

Colors

Set a hex color code to use in your Medium publication by clicking on the circle next to “Color” and entering in a six digit color code (do not add the # sign).

Choose which color setting to use, “Subtle” or “Bold”. 

Subtle: Choosing “Subtle” will apply the color hex code selected to the following items in your publication: highlights, the follow button, the clap button and author name.

Bold: Choosing “Bold” will apply the color hex code selected to highlights, the follow button, the clap button, author name, and will apply a band of background color to both the publication homepage and to the top of stories in that publication.

Navigation

You can also use tags to create navigation items on your homepage, as in the image examples above. Clicking on a navigation item will generate a page containing all the stories in that publication using that tag

Sections

Organization of stories on your publication homepage is controlled through sections. Sections are a block of stories from your publication, pulled from the same source data and organized into the same layout style.

To create a new section, click on the “+” (plus) sign in the publication layout toolbar:

For each section of your publication layout, choose how many stories you’d like to have presented in that section. You can also set the source for stories to be presented in that section: latest, trending, featured or tagged. 

If you choose “Featured,” you’ll be able to select which story to feature from a drop-down menu marked “Select story.” Selecting “Tagged” will enable you to enter a tag source to assign to that section. You can also give sections custom titles.

For additional details on fine-tuning your publication layout and section appearance, please see our full Help Center documentation on Publication Layout.


Adding Stories

There are a few different ways to add stories to a publication.

  1. As an editor of a publication, you can add a draft at any time to your publication by clicking on the “…” button and choosing the publication. You can then publish your story immediately, or set up scheduled publishing (see below).
  2. Writers in your publication can also add their drafts using the “…” button and selecting “Add to publication”. When they do, editors will receive a notification of a new story, and will be able to view, edit, leave notes for the author and publish immediately or schedule publishing for later.
  3. For previously published stories not already in a publication, editors can also request a story by scrolling to the bottom of a story page and clicking “…” and then “Request story.” You can customize the request letter that will be sent to the writer.

For a more complete walk-through, please see our Help Center documentation: Adding stories to a publication.


Scheduled Publishing

With our schedule to publish feature, editors can specify a date and time in the future for drafts to be published, to take advantage of peak traffic times and release stories at regular intervals. 


Letters

Publications can send emails to their subscribers using the Letters function, available from their publication home page. 

Upon publishing, letters are not only sent as emails but become visible in the publication. Letters also have their own stats. You can control the reply-to address on your letters by setting an email address in your publication contact info (described above).

For a more detailed walk-through, please see our Help Center documentation on Letters.

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