What Makes Duke University Press Special?

As we near the end of our series on journal publishing, we want to spend time talking about how we at Duke University Press publish a growing list of 50 journals.

We form strong partnerships.

We treat every journal partnership with respect, integrity, and transparency.

“It’s been a wonderful, collaborative process to work with Duke University Press and to really feel the support of having a team behind you.” – Jennifer Holberg, editor of Pedagogy

“If you want to have a publishing partner who is very patient with a complicated way of editing a journal, who is supportive of new ideas, and who is very responsive to various requests and suggestions, Duke would be a great choice.” – Chia-Ling Wu, editor of EASTS

We help navigate the ever-changing publishing environment.

From editorial to production to marketing and sales, we offer a flexible suite of services to support a journal through the publishing process and beyond.

“As the publishing environment got more complex, with the proliferation of online material, it became evident that we needed help in managing our presence in the world. Our editorial staff could make decisions about what to publish, physically producing the journal, and manage our relations with submitters and readers. But as it became clear that other kinds of questions were increasingly important, it also became clear that joining with Duke University Press would address them and address them in a great way.” – Lee Zimmerman, editor of Twentieth-Century Literature

“After fifty years of running the journal as a shoe-string operation with a skeleton crew of busy [Yale] faculty, students, and office staff, we decided it was time to let publishing professionals take over some of the work. In the summer of 2006 we asked a number of university presses to talk to us about what they could do for the Journal of Music Theory. It did not take us long to see that Duke University Press stands tall among its peers and that they most clearly share our commitment to editorial excellence, the highest production standards, and affordable subscription rates.” – Ian Quinn, former editor, Journal of Music Theory

“I’m free to focus on content because I’m so confident that the rest of the process is going to work so well.” – Michael Hardt, editor of SAQ: South Atlantic Quarterly

We champion cutting-edge, important scholarship.

Our list of journals is a unique mix of foundational, cutting-edge, field-defining, interdisciplinary, and notable.

“Given the newness and precariousness of our field, the vulnerabilities often attached to transgender lives, and the potential for transgender studies to stage an intervention in knowledge-production that has real-world consequences, we also felt the need for the imprimatur of a prestigious university press.” – Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker, introduction to “Postposttranssexual,” volume 1, issue 1-2 of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly

“I think the initial reasons Theater wanted this relationship with Duke University Press are still very true today. Duke University Press has a very amazing list of journals that are, like us I think, devoted to the public sphere and not just the academic or scholarly one; other journals that are trying to speak to a readership beyond academia on really important intellectual and cultural topics, and that is still true. Working with a press that is devoted to that principle for its journals is very important.” – Tom Sellar, editor of Theater

We offer award-winning journal design.

Beauty and readability are important to us and we’ve won awards for our work. Our designers enhance a journal’s content with careful thought given to cover design, subject, artwork, and page layout.

“I’ve discovered that there are a lot of nice pluses, one of which is working with Sue Hall, the journals designer, who is a really important collaborator for us because so much of our creative journal is conveyed through the art. Sue has a great eye and great instinct for the photo that will really pull you into an article or to a feature, or how to position a cover in such a way in that it is an utterly alluring object to pick up.” – Tom Sellar, editor of Theater

“The care that every single page elicited from the design team was extraordinary.” – miriam cooke, co-editor of Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies

“I love, every three months, each issue, getting the drafts of the different covers, and getting choices between them. The covers are great. It gives a great boost to the journal that it’s so aesthetically pleasing. And it seems to be a pure pleasure aspect of the job—getting to discuss which covers I like best and choosing among the details of them.” – Michael Hardt, editor of SAQ: South Atlantic Quarterly

We are international[ly recognized].

We form relationships with universities, university libraries, and journal editorial offices across the world, including countries such as Australia, Taiwan, China, Israel, Iran, England, and Japan. Additionally, Duke University Press’s content can be found in 86 countries.

“With the Internet, we don’t feel that Duke is halfway across the world, and it’s very easy to work with the production and marketing parts of Duke through emails. I think Duke makes a lot of efforts to have a real connection, a face-to-face connection, with EASTS. The Journals Director, Rob Dilworth, and the Journals Marketing Manager, Jocelyn Dawson, sometimes attend our international editorial board meetings to meet our editors and answer our questions. I think this kind of face-to-face participation helps greatly to intensify our collaboration.” – Chia-Ling Wu, editor of EASTS

We are enthusiastic and ambitious.

We have a profound attention to detail; an excitement to learn and grow; and an open, frequent, and prompt communication style.

“If you have a press that is excited about the content—not just wanting to market it, but actually engaged with the content, it changes your attitude to what you’re doing. So you begin to think much more holistically. And I think that happened for us, that we suddenly realized that we had people who were going to push us to become ourselves.” – miriam cooke, co-editor of Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies

“I think what makes the press special is the dedication and creativity, the profound commitment and intellectual engagement of the people that work there. It’s really the quality of the people who work there and their commitment to a topflight project.” – Priscilla Wald, editor of American Literature

Are you interested in starting a partnership with Duke University Press? Email Erich Staib, Senior Editor, for more information.

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