Academic Publishing – October 2019

Academic Publishing – October 2019

Liverpool scores twice on anniversary.

Liverpool University Press, which this month celebrated its 120th anniversary, has announced a new partnership with ScienceOpen which will integrate press collections in the humanities, social and life sciences into an interactive discovery environment that facilitates preprints, open and closed peer review, and community curation. LUP’s own open access platform, Modern Languages Open, will also be introducing a new linguistics section.

New monograph survey from Oxford and Cambridge

The UK’s two largest university presses, Oxford and Cambridge, have collaborated on a survey asking how authors, readers, and researchers see the monograph. Focusing on the humanities and social sciences, the survey found that respondents valued the form not only as a vehicle for disseminating and debating research, but also as an organising principle in the performing of that research. The survey, Researchers’ Perspectives on the Purpose and Value of the Monograph, is freely available to download from the OUP website.

Oxford has also received an award for Outstanding Collaboration from China’s largest foreign-language publisher, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, recognising the two publishers’ three decades of working together.

AUP names theme for University Press Week, weighs in on academic controversies.

The theme for this year’s University Press Week, which will run from 3-9 November, will be Read. Think. Act., the Association of University Presses (AUP) has announced. It will emphasise the role that scholarly publishers can play in moving national and international conversations forward on critical and complex issues. The Association, which recently announced that it has become an associate member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), has also issued statements condemning the burning of books written by Jennine Capó Crucet at Georgia Southern University, and the recent command by the US Department of Education that the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies review its offerings or risk losing future funding.

SAGE launches new resource and partnership.

SAGE has launched a new online reference resource covering research methods and processes in the social sciences. SAGE Research Methods Foundations will be hosted on the SAGE Research Methods platform. The company has also announced that access management provider OpenAthens will be providing single sign-on authentication for its Lean Library subsidiary.

Awards and new partner for Open Library of Humanities

It’s been a month to celebrate for open access publisher the Open Library of Humanities. First, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) became the latest – and the first Spanish – institution to join the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy system. Then, in the space of a few days, co-founder Martin Eve was honoured with a Philip Leverhulme Prize for his research in literary studies, before the press itself received an Open Publishing Award from by the Coko Foundation, which celebrates a range of open projects in scholarly publishing.

In brief

Eurospan, the independent sales, marketing, and distribution agency, has acquired the Transatlantic Publishers Group, the sales agency whose clients include the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Industrial Press.

UK-based natural history publisher Wild Nature Press has been acquired by Princeton University Press; WNP’s Marc and Julie Dando will continue to be involved.

Open access linguistics publisher Language Science Press has announced that its partnership with Knowledge Unlatched, launched in 2017, will continue for a further three years, beginning in 2020. The existing arrangement has already seen more than 100 books in linguistics published via open access.

Policy Press Scholarship Online, the digital monograph collected published by Bristol University Press’s Policy imprint in partnership with Oxford University Press, has now reached 700 volumes.


Alastair Horne is a PhD student at the British Library and Bath Spa University.

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