“Publishing isn’t just a single stepping stone” | Research Information

“Throughout my time at OUP we’ve seen evolution of the perception of the value that a university press should bring through its curation and development of projects. We’ve invested a lot of time in our responses to open access – one of the most significant changes over the time that I’ve been in publishing, even if it has only impacted books to a relatively low level to date….

Some of the OA pilots and initiatives coming through also mean that a researcher needn’t be at an institution with deep reserves to fund Open Access, and in some cases needn’t be affiliated to an academic institution at all, but still see their work published and made widely available online, and this will make it easier for less well represented voices to make it through….”

Job: Head of Publishing (LSE Press). Applications invited by Jan 7, 2024 | London School of Economics

LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university


Head of Publishing (LSE Press)

Salary from £50,606 to £58,505 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £65,157 pa inclusive of London allowance

LSE is a world-leading social science research institution with global impact. Launched in May 2018, LSE Press is a platform for high quality, open access research in the social sciences. Through rigorous peer-review and the use of innovative digital approaches, the Press aims to promote the widest possible engagement with social science research.

Since its launch the Press has published 13 books covering a range of topics from both LSE and external authors and 5 journals. LSE Press publications demonstrate wide public engagement and growing the Press is one of the key objectives of the LSE Research Strategy. Student work is published through our Houghton Street Press imprint, both as part of taught programmes and as discrete student-led publication enterprises.

The Press is managed by a small, dedicated Library team and a well-established Editorial Board, led by the newly appointed Chair of Editorial Board.

We are seeking a highly motivated, creative individual with experience of working in academic publishing, as our Head of Publishing, to lead the next phase of LSE Press growth, one of the key deliverables of the School’s new Research Strategy. The Head of Publishing will lead the business development of the Press, managing an efficient, author-focused publishing service and building a distinctive publication portfolio of the highest academic quality. They will drive continuous evolution and innovation of the Press by contributing specialist and forward-thinking knowledge and experience from the scholarly publishing field.

We are looking for people who can use initiative and creativity to expand the LSE Press, leading the LSE Press team to deliver an excellent service and building positive relationships with authors. You must have excellent communication skills and extensive experience in publishing. Your creativity and people skills must be underpinned by strong organisational ability and a focus on delivering successful publication projects.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave, hybrid working, and excellent training and development opportunities.


Job: Administrative Assistant, White Rose Libraries & White Rose University Press | The University of York

White Rose Libraries (WRL) is a collaboration between the University Libraries of Leeds, Sheffield and York. There are currently three key areas of focus: White Rose Repository services, White Rose University Press, and Innovation. WRL also carries out project-based work either to improve services across the three sites, or as part of externally funded projects. 


White Rose Libraries is looking for an Administrative Assistant to support the work and activities of the WRL Executive Manager. You will provide administrative support for WRL meetings, events, project groups and White Rose University Press, including preparing agendas and taking minutes, and maintaining project action plans and meeting action logs. Communication, collaboration and service delivery are key parts of this role, requiring strong working relationships across WRL and beyond, and the use of various tools to support collaborative working and effective communication. You will monitor and maintain mailboxes supporting WRL activities, including the repositories, and ensure that key stakeholders, internal and external, are informed about WRL activities and projects. The role is based in York, and would involve regular travel to Leeds and Sheffield.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

Ability to use excellent computer skills and administrative experience to support and contribute to the activity of WRL collaboration

A strong service ethos and customer focus 

Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including face to face, telephone and written communication skills, and the ability to build good collaborative working relationships

A proactive approach and the ability to apply problem-solving skills

Attention to detail and able to work flexibly and accurately, under pressure and to tight deadlines in collaboration with a wide range of colleagues

The post is full time, offered on a fixed-term basis until 26 March 2025.

Interview date: 11 January (online)

For informal enquiries: please contact Kate Petherbridge (kate.petherbridge@york.ac.uk).

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.


Paradigm Publishing Service’s University Press Library Embarks on a Sustainable Open Access Initiative for University Press Monographs | De Gruyter

“Paradigm Publishing Services, the newly founded publishing services division of academic publisher De Gruyter, is taking a significant stride forward in shaping a financially sustainable business model for open access book publishing for its partner presses. In response to the call from the scholarly community, Paradigm Publishing Services, comprising the University Press Library Group and Ubiquity in collaboration with their publishing partners and libraries, proudly announces the launch of the University Press Library Open (UPLO), a comprehensive open access initiative and eBook platform hosted by Ubiquity with a central focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

UPLO leverages insights gained from previous open access eBook initiatives such as TOME, Luminos, and Opening the Future while uniting the collective influence and prestige of more than 50 university press partners and over 115 participating libraries, in addition to other vital stakeholders, including consortia, aggregators, vendors, and authors. This community-driven approach enables Paradigm Publishing Services to distribute the financial responsibilities more equitably across the scholarly publishing ecosystem, ensuring the long-term sustainability of open access book publishing.

At the core of UPLO lies eBound, a not-for-profit foundation established by De Gruyter in 2022 with the mission to champion the publishing, sustainability, and accessibility of mission-driven scholarly monographs for not-for-profit and open access publishers….”

Edinburgh University Press launches Subscribe to Open pilot for 2024 – News

“Edinburgh University Press (EUP) is launching a Subscribe to Open pilot in 2024 for two Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies journals – Afghanistan and the Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies – signifying our commitment to a sustainable and equitable Open Access (OA) transformation.

Subscribe to Open (S2O) is a collaborative OA model that relies on subscriptions to make content Open Access without the need for article processing charges. Under the S2O model, subscribers are offered continued access to their publication through the usual renewal process. If enough choose to renew, the publication is flipped to OA for that year’s volume….”

De Gruyter introduces Paradigm Publishing Services | De Gruyter

“De Gruyter, a global publisher in the humanities and social sciences, is proud to announce the creation of a new dedicated division, Paradigm Publishing Services. The new division offers publishing solutions to meet the unique needs of publishers in the humanities and social sciences as well as in scientific associations, societies, and library publishing programs. At a time when achieving global accessibility while upholding financial sustainability is paramount, Paradigm Publishing Services aims to aid publishers in adapting and revitalizing their business strategies and publishing operations.

Under the leadership of De Gruyter Inc. President Steve Fallon and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the Paradigm team will uphold a worldwide presence through established De Gruyter brands, including open access providers Ubiquity and Sciendo as well as the University Press Library Group. Leveraging the comprehensive range of products, services, and talent available across these units, Paradigm is committed to offering an innovative approach that maximizes the potential of its portfolio….”

Project MUSE Accelerates Move to Open Access with Publisher S2O Commitments

“Leading humanities and social sciences platform Project MUSE announces that many of our university press and related scholarly publisher partners have already committed to participate in the launch of our Subscribe to Open (S2O) program for journals in 2025. Fifty journals from more than 20 publishers are confirmed for participation to date, with more expected to join before the end of the year.

S2O is an equitable and sustainable model that enables journals to open access to their current content without Article Processing Charges (APCs). MUSE’s S2O program is built around our familiar and trusted Journal Collections, making the transition from conventional subscriptions to support for open access seamless for libraries, while providing revenue stability for nonprofit publishers….”

Using Manifold at Temple University Press and Libraries | North Philly Notes

“Founded in 1969, Temple University Press publishes books in the humanities and social sciences and is the premier publisher of books on Philadelphia and the surrounding region. The Press began reporting administratively to Temple’s libraries in 2010. With the 2018 launch of the libraries’ Center for Scholarly Communication and Open Publishing, the libraries and Press began to partner on new approaches to sharing scholarly output and developing services in support of our mission to advance learning and scholarship. One such service, launched in 2019, is North Broad Press (NBP), a joint Libraries/Press open access imprint that provides Temple faculty with an opportunity to author their own open textbook.

NBP primarily publishes high-quality open educational resources by members of the Temple community, with limited additional capacity to support scholarly monographs, edited volumes, and digital scholarly projects. Everything we publish is open access and goes through a traditional book production process, including peer review by two independent experts in the field. Copyediting, typesetting, and design are provided at no cost, and we allocate stipends to some Temple authors to support writing an original open textbook. To date, we have published five textbooks and have sixteen in varying stages of progress. All NBP titles are published our Manifold platform.

Temple began using Manifold when the NBP imprint was announced and at a time when the Press was strategizing on sustainable open access models for traditional titles. After evaluating the options for hosting and publishing open access books, including the ease of integration with our established procedures, support for digital enhancements, and cost, we applied for and were chosen as one of ten publishers to participate in a 2019 pilot program on using Manifold.  

We kicked off our Manifold collections in 2020 with four Press titles previously published as part of the American Literatures Initiative (ALI). Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ALI supported the publication of important scholarship in literary studies, which had become an underfunded and under-resourced discipline from which fewer titles were able to be published. Open access availability of these titles matched the spirit of the grant by expanding their reach and supporting their use in ways beyond the traditional print and electronic editions….”

Fund to Mission reaches 75% Open Access in 2023! | University of Michigan Press

“Since Fall 2020, the University of Michigan Press has been collaborating with our parent library and LYRASIS to implement our Fund to Mission open access monograph model. This program facilitates the conversion of an increasing percentage of the Press’s frontlist to open access without requiring inequitable author payments. Thanks to the financial support from the provost, nearly 200 library supporters, author-side funders, and sales of frontlist titles, the program continues to grow and offer top quality scholarship to readers worldwide. This International Open Access Week, we are excited to share that 2023 is the first year we have been able to publish 75% of our monographs Open Access!

These open access monographs are offered as part of the UMP Ebook Collection (UMP EBC), a comprehensive collection of over 1,800 of the University of Michigan Press’s scholarly ebooks for sale to libraries. In 2023 we will publish more than 80 scholarly monographs, 75% of which immediately became open access through our Fund to Mission program. This brings our full Open Access (OA) list to over 375 monographs that are free-to-read online! The full OA title list for 2023 can be found below.”

Supporting open scholarship through community and collaboration | Open Institutional Publishers Association

The Open Institutional Publishing Association (OIPA) was founded to connect and encourage open access publishing within the UK. Our mission is to create a new source of support and advocacy for established and emerging university presses and institutionally-affiliated publishing operations striving for open access.


AUPresses Webinar: Unpacking the Open Access Impact on Print Book Sales

“In September, Ithaka S+R and the Association of University Presses published the report “Print Revenue and Open Access Monographs: A University Press Study,” as well as its affiliated data set. Join authors of the study during OA Week 2023 to discuss the findings in this report, and share ideas about how university presses can use the information to develop sustainable OA monograph publishing solutions. This research was funded by a Level I Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).”

Current and back content of Penn Press journal Manuscript Studies to become fully Open Access | Penn Libraries

“Effective in 2024, and made possible by the generous support of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, all current and back content of the journal Manuscript Studies will become fully Open Access (OA) under the Diamond OA model, which allows readers and authors to access journal content free of charge.

Manuscript Studies joins the University of Pennsylvania Press’s growing Open Access journals program which also includes the Journal of Disaster Studies, Observational Studies, and Pasados: Recovering History, Imagining Latinidad.?Content for Penn Press’s Open Access journals is available on Project MUSE….”