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Frequently Asked Questions - The Fold

The Fold is an online magazine publication produced by the OrigamiUSA community, accessed through the website ( Most content is available only to current members of OrigamiUSA; some content is available to all visitors to our website.

Unlike print origami magazines, The Fold is not restricted to page limits or other print restrictions. Articles for The Fold can be more comprehensive than print allows by utilizing multimedia forms of communication: not just text and images, but animations, sound, even video. Additionally, online publication is not restricted to a rigid printing schedule. Articles for each issue are posted as soon as they are ready, as opposed to being held for publication until the end of the month, so new content appears continuously.

Yes. You can be automatically notified of each new article posting by subscribing to our RSS feed, feed:// If you bookmark this page in your browser, it will show you when new content has been posted.

The Fold is a separate publication from The Paper, which will continue to be printed and sent to all members. Each publication has its own content, though they may occasionally share content. The Paper will continue as a print publication; The Fold is only available in an online version.

The Fold and all back issues are available to any current member of OrigamiUSA who has an email address and can access the internet. Joining OrigamiUSA is easy and inexpensive! You can join Origami USA online. Once you have joined, you will need to sign up for a web account and then log into the website. See here for details.

Yes, some articles are denoted “open access” and are available to all visitors. You’ll see them clearly marked that way in the listings for each issue.

As with any online venture, The Fold is vulnerable to content being pirated and illegally distributed online. All text, photos, and diagrams that we publish are accompanied by a notice that it is material obtained from OrigamiUSA. We hope that since OrigamiUSA membership is relatively inexpensive, instances of piracy will be low due to content being readily, inexpensively, and legally available. The notice posted on diagrams is the following:

Nothing will prevent a determined person from doing something like that, but we hope that by clearly marking the content and making it available inexpensively (for the price of a year’s membership, or less if you contribute your own articles), people will refrain from unauthorized distribution, understanding that if contributors see their work posted all over the internet against their wishes, they’ll be much less likely to contribute future work at all.

There are no current plans to do anything like that, but if you’ve got expertise in that area and would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you. Contact the website team at website [at]

In order to see most articles in The Fold, you need to (a) be a current OrigamiUSA member, (b) have an online web account connected to your membership and (c) be signed in. If all of these things are true, you will see a banner at the top of the web page that looks like this:

You’ll see your username (in orange) and whether you are a member (in white) in the upper right corner. If you’re not seeing this at the top of this web page (with your username), you're not signed in or you're not a current member; please see our web account FAQ for further details on web accounts.

Anyone can contribute! We accept content from the worldwide origami community.

Contact any current Editor as listed here. If you already know the topic area in which you would like to contribute, please contact that editor specifically.

Contributing content to The Fold is a great way to get your work out to a large audience, while maintaining a large amount of control of how your content is displayed. Contributing is also a wonderful way to support OrigamiUSA and to get free membership!

The Fold is a diverse online publication that publishes many different types of content. Possible types of content include diagrams, crease patterns, and book reviews, as well as articles on origami design, origami mathematics, and origami convention reports, but we are open to any type of content you’d like to provide!

A good article submission should consist of unique, novel content that constructively contributes to the world of origami. Insightful commentary and background on the content is also solicited. For example, an article containing diagrams might also include a paragraph on the model’s design process, some biographical information on the work’s designer, or tips on how to fold the model.

It depends on where your diagrams are published. If they are in a recently published convention book, we will probably not accept them as they are already readily available. If they are published in an out-of-print publication, we would be more willing to publish as they are not currently accessible by the origami community.

If you contribute an article or diagrams that are accepted, you will be given two months free membership in OrigamiUSA for each contribution. If you are an existing member, your membership will be extended by two months for each contribution.

Not a problem. We’re happy to mark your article contributions with your desired CC license and make it open-access (available to all visitors).

Yes, but we will probably only print it in one or two of the three publications. You can specify which publication(s) you’re submitting it to, but of course, we’re happy if you leave the choice up to us. You’ll get the reward associated with the publication(s) that it’s printed in.

Not quite. While editors are also contributors, editors have made additional commitments. Editors are responsible for finding high quality content for the magazine, not necessarily responsible for producing content themselves. An Editor is in charge of a column based on an origami topic, perhaps for example, “Origami Crease Patterns”. The Editor would then be in charge of obtaining novel and interesting content based on that topic on a periodic basis, typically six times per year (once per issue).

The definition of an editor is not inflexible, and there are variations (for example, we have one editor who just does copyediting). If you’d like to contribute in some way, please contact The Fold at thefold [at] and tell us what you’re interested in doing.

An Editor’s term lasts for a year and then is renewed by mutual agreement.

An Editor is at minimum required to submit six articles for publication over the course of one year, averaging about one article every two months. In addition, Editors should review and comment on the articles of other Editors prior to publication.

No. In general, editors are only required to obtain content (for example from contributors), not necessarily provide the content themselves, though many do.

As is the case with most people who do work for OrigamiUSA, The Fold’s editors are volunteers. However, editors are in charge of what content is published in The Fold, so if an editor decides to contribute original content to their column, they will be compensated as a contributor (see above).

Any OrigamiUSA member is eligible to become an Editor of The Fold. Because Editors need access to The Fold to do their job, being a current member of OrigamiUSA is a requirement for being an Editor of The Fold. (If you are contributing your own articles, you get two months membership with each article, so that would work.)

Send an application to the current Managing Editor. An application should consist of your contact information, a proposal for the type of content you hope to contribute, and a draft of your first article. The body of current editors will review new Editor applications. You can find a listing of current editors, including the Managing Editor, here.

Once you are accepted as an editor, you’ll get access to a how-to document that describes the whole process. You will use a web-based interface to upload articles and image files. It helps if you know a little bit of HTML (which is the format of uploaded articles), but even if you don’t know any yet, you can probably learn what you need to know fairly quickly.