In 1997 Rossner became editor of the Journal of Cell Biology. On December 1, 2006 he became director of The Rockefeller University Press and became interim editor of the Journal of Cell Biology until his replacement was hired.
In July 2009 Rossner was awarded as a SPARC Innovator by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.
Rossner is one of the organizers of Access2Research.
He is a supporter of open-access mandates.
- Brown, Talley Henning (23 March 2007). "Mike Rossner takes the helm at The Rockefeller University Press". Benchmarks. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
- Jennifer McLennan (2 July 2009). "A voice for change from within the publishing establishment: Mike Rossner honored as latest SPARC innovator (SPARC)". Retrieved 2012-05-28.
- David Dobbs (2012-05-25). "Open-Science Geeks Invite Obama Onto Roller Coaster". Retrieved 2012-05-28.
- Richard Poynder (2012-03-28). "Open and Shut?: RUP’s Mike Rossner: Doing what’s right". Retrieved 2012-05-28.
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