University Press

University Presses in Decline…Not so Fast
November 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Like all publishers, university presses are facing their fair share of challenges but many are successfully redefining their role in the digital age. There is a flourishing of innovation and renewed energy as individual presses chart their paths into the future and an increasing number diverge from business as usual. In celebration of University Press…

Infographic: Launching University Press Week, November 8-14
November 6, 2015 at 11:27 am

The Association of American University Presses’ University Press Week runs November 8-14. This handy infographic summarizes all you need to know about this fascinating segment of the publishing industry.

Press Release: AAUP Opens Washington, D.C., Office
November 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

WASHINGTON—November 5, 2015—The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) is very pleased to announce the opening of its first Washington, DC, office. The Association is undertaking this expanded presence in order to further its strategic goals of advocacy and collaboration with stakeholders in higher education, copyright, freedom of expression, scholarly communications, the humanities, and global…

Does Alliant Press Suggest a Self-Published Future for University Presses?
October 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Last week, Alliant International University (AIU), a private US college announced an intriguing scholarly publishing partnership with Author Solutions, the self-publishing arm of Penguin Random House. Together the two organizations said they were creating Alliant Press, a university press that would be built using Author Solutions infrastructure and be dedicated to publishing “academic works of…

How Small University Presses Can Gain Scale Through Collaboration
September 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Big ideas often come in small packages -- sometimes just the size of a book, or a regional university press, or in the space of a 75-minute brainstorming session with creative publishing professionals. For many university presses, finding ways to compensate for limited commercial scale is becoming mission-critical...

The Big (and Small) Ideas Changing the Book Industry
September 15, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Book Business forged new ground last year with the creation of our first ever “Big Ideas” Issue. The special issue invited thought leaders in the book industry to share the big ideas they believe will shape the future of publishing. While we typically focus on strategic advice that can help book publishers run their businesses…

University of California Press Launches Open Access Model
February 17, 2015

The University of California Press is building a new open-access publishing model around the idea that reviewers and researchers in the hard sciences can support new forms of scholarly communication by "paying it forward."

The university press last month introduced Collabra and Luminos, an open-access journal and monograph publisher, respectively. While Luminos is hoping to publish about 10 monographs this fall, Collabra is in beta testing and aims to accept submissions in a few weeks.

Neil B. Christensen, who joined the university press in 2013 after more than a decade in the commercial publishing sector, took the lead on developing Collabra.