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Opportunities and challenges: University presses in a changing climate


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Alison ShawBristol University Press Megan Taylor Huddersfield University PressAlison Shaw, Chief Executive of Bristol University Press, and Megan Taylor, Press Manager at the University of Huddersfield Press, explore some of the key challenges and opportunities facing university presses in the rapidly changing world of scholarly publishing. Touching on mission and purpose, responding to policy changes, funding, key relationships and publishing technologies, this session shows how two different publishing models are playing their part in supporting the research community.

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Opportunities and challenges: University presses in a changing climate

  1. 1. University presses in a changing climate: opportunities and challenges
  2. 2. Bristol University Press Our aim is to join the first-rank of internationally-respected university presses through a commitment to world-class scholarship, global impact, social justice and author care
  3. 3. BUP’s principles • Global social challenges • Embedded in the scholarly community and author-focused • Quality of service, content and product • Impact beyond academia • Pushing scholarly boundaries These guide all our work
  4. 4. Social sciences, law and aligned disciplines Not-for-profit social mission Wide range formats Print and digital 7 global regions Print: 60 countries Digital: 100 countries Publish 140-250 books 14-30 journals Editorial Board Business Advisory Board BUP in a nutshell
  5. 5. University of Huddersfield Press “By publishing innovative research as open access we aim to improve access to scholarly work for the benefit of all.”
  6. 6. UHP’s strategic objectives Quality Dissemination Impact
  7. 7. 11 open access journals Education Social sciences Music History Press Board Open access and print books Sound recordings Student researchers UHP in a nutshell
  8. 8. Our core priorities • Publishing high quality content • Providing a high-level author service • Supporting our library customers and readers • Responding to HE policy • Having an impact within and beyond academia • Supporting the scholarly community
  9. 9. High quality content • Embedded in scholarly community • Rigorous peer-review • International and Press Editorial Boards • New voices, emerging and interdisciplinary fields
  10. 10. High-level author service • Author resources • Collaborative planning • Adding value • Quality editorial and production services • Range of formats and product types
  11. 11. Supporting customers and readers • Accessibility • Discoverability • Open Access • Flexible sales and access models • Bibliographic data • Transparent and affordable pricing
  12. 12. Responding to HE policy
  13. 13. Impact beyond academia • Practical application • Influencing policy • Engagement with the public
  14. 14. Supporting our communities “Publishing in Fields allowed me to join a community of colleagues whose diverse research interests caused me to see fertile grounds for cross-pollination, from sociology to biomedical science.” UHP “Ample time and support was given which made the process of writing enjoyable and ensured it was of the highest quality.” UHP “It is a privilege to work with a publisher that aims to make a difference rather than a profit.“ BUP "With their important mission to widen the influence of big ideas to promote real political change, Policy Press has continually pushed to connect a high standard of scholarship with a much broader readership.“ BUP
  15. 15. University Presses: innovation
  16. 16. UHP next steps • Open access monographs • Open formats • Author support
  17. 17. BUP next steps • Open journals • New platform • Exploring interdisciplinarity
  18. 18. Can you help us to help you? 1. What are the 2 most important things we can do to help you to find, access and use our content? 2. How do you recommend we engage with you? 3. Are there any challenges with the management of OA content and what can we do to help? 4. Do you think specialist combined book and journal platforms are helpful (OA/traditional) and what can we do to make them work as smoothly as possible for librarians and users? Contact Us Alison Shaw, Chief Executive, Bristol University Press, ORCID Megan Taylor, Press Manager, University of Huddersfield Press ORCID