The work of an academic publisher is not glamorous. Our work preparing books and articles for publication is detailed and time-intensive—we care deeply about the readability and layout of content on the page and online, about peer review, and about how and where people can access scholarship. Our readership is engaged and passionate, but we ultimately reach only a small fraction of the world’s population.
But while our readership is small, our ideas are not. As the United States considers the impact of the election on the major issues of our day, academic work feels particularly crucial. We urge our readers and their libraries to promote the free exchange of ideas by supporting the work of university presses and other nonprofit and independent publishers who provide a platform for voices of dissent and for the critical ideas that move society towards a more inclusive and pluralistic future.
Works on gender, race, political theory, culture, the environment, and area studies are at the center of our publishing program. Over the years, we’ve been proud to publish critical work on a wide range of important societal issues:
- Climate Change and the Future of Cities: Mitigation, Adaptation, and Social Change on an Urban Planet (an issue of Public Culture)
- The Politics of the Public Toilet (in the journal SAQ)
- Transgender Studies Quarterly, the first non-medical journal on trans studies
- The work of cultural theorist Stuart Hall, a vital voice of political and social criticism
- Black Lives Matter Everywhere (an issue of World Policy Journal)
- A vibrant list in African American studies, featuring cutting-edge theory, art, and history
- Expert analysis of the Affordable Care Act in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
- Disability studies books by Eli Clare, Don Kulick and Jens Rydström, Mel Chen, and others.
- Dissent from the Homeland: Essays after September 11
- Voices from the Global South featured in our rich Postcolonial Studies list
- And many more
We are grateful for the many people who work in the service of scholarship in tandem with us: our authors, our editors and editorial boards, our peer reviewers, our readers, and our many partners in scholarly communication. When you choose to write for independent and nonprofit publishers, when you purchase the journals and books that matter to you (or ask your library to), and when you bring critical work to a larger audience through your teaching and research, you help move our shared project of intellectual exchange forward. We thank you.
The University Press Week blog tour continues today. The theme is “Throw Back to the Future.” First head to Yale University Press for a feature on the book A City of Tomorrow focusing on the future of communities. Indiana University Press gives a rundown of their ‘Bicentennial Bookshelf’ feature, in which IU Press authors talk about their favorite Indiana books and authors in preparation for Indiana University’s upcoming bicentennial celebration. Seminary Co-op Bookstores shares a scan of a Front Table newsletter from the 1980s. The University of Michigan Press focuses on digital scholarship, highlighting their innovative Gabii project that allows users to engage with scholarship via a gaming platform, and the Fulcrum platform launched just a few weeks ago. IPR License explains how they are building a community of university presses on its onlight rights platform and helping them to increase their revenue stream from backlist rights sales. In order to look forward at possibilities for future collaboration between university presses, Columbia University Press looks back at the history of the South Asia Across the Disciplines series, jointly published by the University of California Press, the University of Chicago Press, and Columbia University Press.
Check back here tomorrow for a #FollowFriday post on some of our authors and journals you should be following on social media.