News from the Membership
The member publishers of AAUP and the work they do are a major force in our intellectual and cultural life, and in the heart of their communities and fields. Here you'll find word of major achievements and milestones, including award-winning publications, press anniversaries and recognitions, and personnel announcements. AAUP also maintains directories of major digital publishing projects and collaborative initiatives. Keep up with even more news by following Books for Understanding.
January 2016: The Oberlin Group, Amherst College Press, and Michigan Publishing have partnered to create Lever Press, a collaborative open-access scholarly publishing enterprise driven by the values, ambitions, and imagination of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. Nearly 40 academic institutions have pledged to support the first five years of digitally-native, open access publishing and Lever Press aims to acquire, develop, produce and disseminate a total of 60 new open-access titles by the end of 2020.
October 2015: The University of Illinois is pleased to announce "Humanities Without Walls," a new Mellon-funded initiative that seeks to support the creation and dissemination of scholarly publications in the humanities. The humanities centers at the 15 consortial institutions will serve as the hubs for collaboration, with the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign also serving as key intellectual and infrastructural partners for the project.
October 2015: The MIT Press is launching Computational Psychiatry, a new journal dedicated to publishing original research articles and reviews that involve the application, analysis, or invention of theoretical, computational and statistical approaches to mental function and dysfunction. The inaugural issue of Computational Psychiatry will appear in the first quarter of 2016. The journal will accept submissions beginning immediately.
October 2015: The University of New Mexico Press and the School for Advanced Research (SAR) Press are pleased to announce a publishing alliance—UNM Press is now the distributor of SAR Press’s 187 existing titles and all new books will share the imprint of both presses.
October 2015: Film Quarterly, the longest-running film journal published by the University of California Press, is the recipient of a new grant from the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative to support the journal’s work in advancing criticism, analysis, and reporting. Film Quarterly is hoping to expand its focus and coverage of the field of social justice documentary filmmaking.
September 2015: The University of Washington Press is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year. After one century, the Press now publishes "as many as 70 new titles each year and press runs typically ranging from 500 to 5,000 per title, the press publishes 26 series." Learn more about Washington's history in their magazine, Columns.
With reputations for seeking out creative, top-quality scholarship, as well as for high editorial and review standards, it is no surprise that AAUP member presses publish a large number of prize-winning books and journals.