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Spring Sale Begins Today

We’re excited to announce that our Spring Sale starts today. Save 50% on all in-stock books and journal issues with coupon code SPRING22 through May 27.

Our distributor in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific, Combined Academic Publishers, is pleased to extend the same 50% off discount to our customers there. Since overseas shipping can be slow and expensive, we highly encourage everyone in their territory to order directly from them using the same SPRING22 coupon code.

Here’s the usual fine print: The discount does not apply to apparel, journals subscriptions, or society memberships. You can’t order out-of-stock or not yet published titles at the discount. Regular shipping rates apply.

If you have any difficulty ordering via our website, you can call our customer service department at 888-651-0122 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8-5 Eastern Time).

Congratulations to our Award-Winning Designers

Congratulations to our designers whose book and cover designs have been honored by the Association of University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show.

In the Scholarly Typographic category, the committee honored Aimee C. Harrison for her design of Cajetan Iheka’s African Ecomedia, Matthew Tauch for his design of Black Bodies, White Gold by Anna Arabindan Kesson, and Courtney Leigh Richardson for her design of Nervous Systems, edited by Johanna Gosse and Timothy Stott.

In the Trade Typographic category, Aimee C. Harrison’s design of Magical Habits by Monica Huerta was honored by the committee.

Cover of Magical Habits by Monica Huerta. The cover is bright pink with the text in purple and red and features a collage of images including a parrot, a rabbit and clouds of different colors.

In the Poetry and Literature category, Courtney Leigh Richardson was honored for her design of Maroon Choreography by fahima ife.

The annual Book, Jacket, and Journal show, now in its 57th year, honors the university publishing community’s design and production professionals. The Association recognizes achievement in design, production, and manufacture of books, jackets, covers, and journals, and the Show serves as a spark to conversations and source of ideas about intelligent, creative, and resourceful publishing. Congratulations again to Aimee, Courtney, and Matthew!

New Journals in 2022: Agricultural History & Trans Asia Photography

This coming year, we’re thrilled to welcome two journals to our publishing program: Agricultural History and Trans Asia Photography. Both journals will begin publication with Duke University Press in the spring.

Agricultural History, edited by Albert Way, is the journal of record in its field. As such, it publishes articles that explore agriculture and rural life over time, in all geographies and among all people. Articles in Agricultural History use a wide range of methodologies to illuminate the history of farming, food, agricultural science and technology, the environment, rural life, and beyond. The journal includes innovative research, timely book and film reviews, and special features that unite diverse historical approaches under agriculture-related themes.

Trans Asia Photography, edited by Deepali Dewan, Yi Gu, and Thy Phu, is the first and only open-access international peer-reviewed journal devoted to the interdisciplinary exploration of historic and contemporary photography from Asia and across the Asian diaspora. The journal examines all aspects of photographic history, theory, and practice by centering images in or of Asia, conceived here as a territory, network, and cultural imaginary. Bridging photography and area studies, the journal rethinks transnational and transcultural approaches and methodologies. By centering photographic practices of Asia and its diasporas, the journal foregrounds multiple ways of seeing, knowing, and being, which are distinct yet inseparable from other regional formations. The journal brings together the perspectives of scholars, critics, and artists across the humanities and social sciences to advance original and innovative research on photography and Asia, and to reflect and encourage quality, depth, and breadth in the field’s development.

Check out our full list of journals here.

Fall Awards

We’d like to celebrate our many authors who have earned various awards and honors for their books since July 2021. Congratulations to all of them!

Diabate_cover_frontNaminata Diabate’s Naked Agency: Genital Cursing and Biopolitics in Africa has won the African Studies Association Book Prize, also known as the Herskovits Prize.

Vanessa Freije’s Citizens of Scandal: Journalism, Secrecy, and the Politics of Reckoning in Mexico has won the Eugenia M. Palmegiano Prize from the American Historical Association.

Shana L. Redmond’s Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson has won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

Kregg Hetherington’s The Government of Beans: Regulating Life in the Age of Monocrops has won the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Book Prize.

Mahon_cover_frontMaureen Mahon’s Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll has won the Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society. It has also received Honorable Mention for the Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

Several of our books have been named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles from the American Library Association. These honorees are Charles R. Acland’s American Blockbuster: Movies, Technology, and Wonder, Monica Popescu’s At Penpoint: African Literatures, Postcolonial Studies, and the Cold War, Allesandro Russo’s Cultural Revolution and Revolutionary Culture, Abigail A. Dumes’s Divided Bodies: Lyme Disease, Contested Illness, and Evidence-Based Medicine, Samantha Pinto’s Infamous Bodies: Early Black Women’s Celebrity and the Afterlives of Rights, Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves’s Killer Apps: War, Media, Machine, Andrew Bickford’s Chemical Heroes: Pharmacological Supersoldiers in the US Military, and Emily J. Lordi’s The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience since the 1960s.

Max Liboiron’s Pollution Is Colonialism has won the Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory from the Western Political Science Association.

Heyes_cover_frontCressida J. Heyes’s Anaesthetics of Existence: Essays on Experience at the Edge has won the David Easton Award from the Foundations of Political Theory Section of the American Political Association.

Harry Harootunian’s The Unspoken as Heritage: The Armenian Genocide and Its Unaccounted Lives has won the Der Mugrdechian Armenian Studies Book Award from the Society for Armenian Studies.

Alex Blanchette’s Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and the Factory Farm has won the Diana Forsythe Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of Work Section of the American Anthropological Association and Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing. Porkopolis also received Honorable Mention for the Victor Turner Prize from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association.

Saiba Varma’s The Occupied Clinic: Militarism and Care in Kashmir has won the Edie Turner First Book Prize in Ethnographic Writing from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology section of AAA.

Abrego_cover_front_REVWe Are Not Dreamers: Undocumented Scholars Theorize Undocumented Life in the United States, edited by Leisy J. Abrego and Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, has been named co-winner of the International Latino Book Awards from the Latino Book & Family Festivals.

Kimberly Chong’s Best Practice: Management Consulting and the Ethics of Financialization in China has won the European Group for Organizational Studies Book Award.

Race and Performance after Repetition, edited by Soyica Diggs Colbert, Douglas A. Jones Jr., and Shane Vogel, has won the Errol Hill Award from the American Society for Theatre Research.

Christina Schwenkel’s Building Socialism: The Afterlife of East German Architecture in Urban Vietnam has won the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) Book Prize.

Hagar Kotef’s The Colonizing Self: Or, Home and Homelessness in Israel/Palestine has been named co-winner of the Yale H. Ferguson Award from the International Studies Association. It has also received Honorable Mention for the International Political Sociology (IPS) Book Award from the IPS Section of the International Studies Association.

Escobar_cover_frontArturo Escobar’s Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds has been named co-winner of On the Brinck Book Award from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning.

Laura Doyle’s Inter-imperiality: Vying Empires, Gendered Labor, and the Literary Arts of Alliance has won the Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS) Book Award from the PEWS Section of the American Sociological Association.

Savannah Shange’s Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness, and Schooling in San Francisco has been named co-winner of the Sharon Stephens First Book Prize from the American Ethnological Society.

Brimmer_cover_frontBrandi Clay Brimmer’s Claiming Union Widowhood: Race, Respectability, and Poverty in the Post-Emancipation South has received Honorable Mention for the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians.

Peter Weiss’s The Aesthetics of Resistance, Volume II: A Novel has received Honorable Mention for the Lois Roth Award from the Modern Language Association. The novel was translated by Joel Scott.

Monica Popescu’s At Penpoint: African Literatures, Postcolonial Studies, and the Cold War has received Honorable Mention for the Scaglione Prize in Comparative Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association.

Christopher Tounsel’s Chosen Peoples was named a finalist for the Christianity Today Book Award in History Biography.

You can purchase any of the above award-winning titles at a 30% discount on our website using coupon SAVE30. Congratulations again to our authors!

Duke University Press and Clarivate partner to offer ScholarOne Manuscripts system to journals

Durham, NC, and Philadelphia, PA — Duke University Press announced today that it will offer ScholarOne Manuscripts, the journal peer review and submission system from Clarivate, to its journal partners in the humanities and social sciences beginning in 2022.

Through ScholarOne Manuscripts, Duke University Press will provide its editorial partners with editorial management tools like enhanced analytics, anti-plagiarism technology, and access to an expanded reviewer database. It will create multiple workflow efficiencies and will integrate with the Press’s technology systems. 

”After a long and thorough assessment of peer review systems, we believe ScholarOne is the most user-friendly system for our journals and will expand our capabilities as a publisher and the services that we offer our editorial offices,” said Rob Dilworth, Journals Director at Duke University Press.

“Hundreds of international publishers and societies trust ScholarOne to look after their submission and peer-review workflows across more than 8,000 sites,” said Keith Collier, Senior Vice President of Product at Clarivate. “We’re delighted to welcome Duke University Press as our latest customer and know that ScholarOne Manuscripts will make the submission and peer-review process simpler for Duke authors, editors, and reviewers, ultimately accelerating their research and the pace of innovation.”

Duke University Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher with a focus on the humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. The Press publishes approximately 140 books annually and 60 journals, as well as offering several electronic collections and open-access publishing initiatives.

Clarivate is a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to the world’s leading research organizations to accelerate the pace of innovation.

For more information, contact
Rob Dilworth
Journals Director, Duke University Press
rob [dot] dilworth [at] dukeupress [dot] edu

Support Duke University Press on Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, please consider supporting the innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship we publish here at Duke University Press! Over the years, our publications have developed new areas of study that transform current thinking and open up new avenues to effect positive change in our world. Our mission-driven publishing work relies on individual and institutional contributions. We are grateful to the many authors who donate their royalties each year to sustain our publications and to the authors, readers, librarians, and other supporters who help make our work possible. Consider supporting our work through one of the six funds listed below.

Translation Fund
Our Translation Fund supports the translation of crucial intellectual work originally published in languages other than English. To date, this fund has supported eight translations of important works, including Achille Mbembe’s Necropolitics (2019) and Françoise Vergès’s The Wombs of Women (2020). Donate to the Translation Fund.

Scholars of Color First Book Fund
This fund supports books authored by scholars of color which show extraordinary promise as important scholarly interventions. This fund helps us maintain our commitment to publish works by rising stars and to celebrate books by scholars of color, especially those who might otherwise not receive recognition and support from their institutions. The fund supports production expenses, including the cost of indexing, which is ordinarily paid for by authors. Donate to the Scholars of Color First Book Fund.

Editorial Director Gisela Fosado says, “Every first book we publish is usually tied to a happy tenure story. Supporting first books by scholars of color is therefore essential to fundamental changes we need in higher education.” Read our blog post about the first cohort of award recipients.

The Lauren Berlant Fund for Utopian Thought
This fund celebrates the life and work of long-time author Lauren Berlant. The fund supports critical-creative and interdisciplinary books that take intellectual risks with both the conception and form of scholarly work, in order to discover how problems look different, and solutions look possible, when we show up to them differently—and together. Awards will be given annually by Duke University Press editors to titles that are distinguished by their creativity in thought and/or attentiveness to the challenges of working within their chosen form. The funds will be used to help cover production costs for the book and will help support the author’s costs as well. Donate to the Lauren Berlant Fund for Utopian Thought.

World Readers Fund
Our World Readers Fund supports the publication of our Latin America Readers and World Readers series—two series that involve extensive translation and permissions costs. Books in these series provide vivid, thought-provoking introductions to the history, culture, and politics of countries, cities, and regions around the world. Each volume features dozens of original documents, most of which have been translated into English for the first time. Donate to the World Readers Fund.

Demography Journal Fund
Publishing the data of disparity and inequality on a regular basis, Demography is a quintessential Duke University Press publication in that it disseminates peer-reviewed research designed to make the world a better and more equitable place for all. The flagship journal of the Population Association of America (PAA), Demography became open access in 2021 as it joined the Duke University Press journals publishing program. Demography’s open-access funding model relies entirely on financial support from individuals, libraries, and other institutions. The 2020 Journal Citation Reports ranked Demography as #1 in citations and #2 in impact factor in its field. Donate to the Demography Journal Fund.

“We were excited to see the announcement that Demography had switched to a fully open-access model with Duke University Press. OA models like this do not charge fees to readers and are instead supported by institutions, societies, and individuals. … Efforts like this one move the needle towards a more sustainable publishing system that prioritizes the advancement of human knowledge,” shared Colleen Lyons, Head of Scholarly Communications at the University of Texas at Austin Libraries.

Duke University Press General Publication Fund
As a nonprofit publisher, our donors are critical to our continued success. Your gift will support the publication of cutting-edge new books and journals. Donate to the Duke University Press General Publication Fund.

Introducing Our Spring 2022 Catalog

We’re excited to unveil our Spring 2022 catalog. Check out some highlights below and then download a copy for a closer look. These titles will be published between January 2022 and August 2022. Publication dates are subject to change.

The cover of the catalog features a painting by Zhong Biao that will appear on the cover of Yan Lianke’s book Discovering Fiction. Yan is best known as an award-winning novelist, but we are honored to now publish his first work of literary criticism in English. Yan offers insights into his views on literature and realism, the major works that inspired him, and his theories of writing. The book is translated by Carlos Rojas.

Opening the catalog is The Emancipation Circuit by Thulani Davis. A poet and longtime writer for theater, film, and journalism, this is Davis’s first academic book, an interdisciplinary history that provides a sweeping rethinking of Reconstruction by tracing how the four million people newly freed from bondage created political organizations and connections that mobilized communities across the South.

We also have history from Penny M. Von Eschen, whose Paradoxes of Nostalgia examines the Cold War’s afterlife and the lingering shadows it casts over geopolitics, journalism, and popular culture; and The Doctor Who Would Be King, by Guillaume Lachenal, which tells the extraordinary story of Dr. Jean Joseph David, a French colonial army doctor who governed an entire region of French Cameroon during World War II. You’ll also want to check out Shannen Dee Wiliams’s book on the history of Black Catholic nuns, Subversive Habits. And teachers of history will be pleased to see the latest title in our Design Principles for Teaching History series, A Primer for Teaching Digital History by Jennifer Guiliano.


For poetry fans, we are publishing poet Nathaniel Tarn’s memoir, Atlantis, as well as the final book in David Grubbs’s trilogy about performing, Good night the pleasure was ours. We are also bringing Dionne Brand’s highly praised book The Blue Clerk into paperback.

We are excited to feature a novel in this season, LOTE by Shola von Reinhold, which was published in the UK in 2020. It won the 2021 Republic of Consciousness Prize and the 2021 James Tait Black Prize. It’s a decadent queer literary debut that immerses readers in the pursuit of aesthetics and beauty, while interrogating the removal and obscuring of Black figures from history. 

Those interested in queer theory and gay, lesbian, and transgender studies will want to check out Black Trans Feminism by Marquis Bey, which offers a meditation on blackness and gender nonnormativity in ways that recalibrate traditional understandings of each, conceiving of black trans feminism as a politics grounded in fugitivity and the subversion of power. In Sissy Insurgencies, Marlon B. Ross explores the figure of the sissy as central to how Americans have imagined, articulated, and negotiated black masculinity from the 1880s to the present. We’re also excited to be publishing the first English translation of Guy Hocquenghem’s Gay Liberation after May ′68, which situates his theories of homosexual desire in the realm of revolutionary practice. “The t4t Issue,” forthcoming from TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, investigates the multiple meanings associated with t4t, and “Queer Fire: Liberation and Abolition” from GLQ considers prison abolition as a project of queer liberation and vice versa. Also check out Selfie Aesthetics by Nicole Erin Morse, The Lives of Jessie Sampter by Sarah Imhoff, and Lesbian Potentiality and Feminist Media in the 1970s by Rox Samer.

The Mexico Reader, originally published in 2003, is one of our bestselling books of all time, and we’re thrilled to announce a new edition, fully revised and updated. This edition features new selections that address twenty-first century developments, including the rise of narcopolitics, the economic and personal costs of the United States’ mass deportation programs, the political activism of indigenous healers and manufacturing workers, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s edited by Gilbert M. Joseph and Timothy J. Henderson. Other Latin American studies offerings include The Small Matter of Suing Chevron by Suzana Sawyer, Workers Like All the Rest of Them by Elizabeth Quay Hutchison and The Impasse of the Latin American Left by Franck Gaudichaud, Massimo Modonesi, and Jeffery R. Webber.

Several new books and journals explore issues of climate change and the anthropocene. Climate Lyricism by Min Hyoung Song shows how literature, poetry, and essays by a variety of contemporary authors help us to better grapple with our everyday encounters with climate change and its disastrous effects, which are inextricably linked to the legacies of racism, colonialism, and extraction. Yuriko Furuhata’s Climatic Media traces climate engineering from the early twentieth century to the present, emphasizing the legacies of Japan’s empire-building and its Cold War alliance with the United States. In Plastic Matter, Heather Davis traces plastic’s relations to geology, media, biology, and race to show how matter itself has come to be understood as pliable, disposable, and consumable. Tracing colonialism alongside the history of anticolonial struggles in the Americas, in Planetary Longings, Mary Louise Pratt shows how the turn of the twenty-first century marks a catastrophic turning point in the human and planetary condition. The contributors to Kin, edited by Thom van Dooren and Matthew Chrulew, draw on the work of anthropologist Deborah Bird Rose (1946–2018), a foundational voice in environmental humanities, to examine the relationships of interdependence and obligation between human and nonhuman lives. And “The Urban Climate Insurgency,” an issue of Social Text, explores grassroots movements that advocate for radical climate change politics and justice in cities.

Also look for social and cultural theory from AbdouMaliq Simone, Elisabeth R. Anker, and Neferti X. M. Tadiar; media studies titles from Lynn Spigel, Shani Orgad and Rosalind Gill, Mila Zuo, Jennifer Petersen, Henning Schmidgen, Kelli Moore and Eldritch Priest; anthropology from Todd Meyers, Thomas Hendriks, Omar Kasmani, Sarah E. Vaughn, Kimberly Theidon, and Stefan Ecks; and Asian studies from Vicente L. Rafael, Eleana J. Kim, Sophie Chao, Fran Martin, Naoki Sakai, Ban Wang, and Charlie Yi Zhang.

There’s so much more in this great new catalog, so download it now! And be sure to sign up for our email alerts so you’ll know when titles you’re interested in are available.

University Press Week: Q&A on the Scholarly Publishing Collective

We’re celebrating University Press Week by participating in a blog tour! Today, we’re joining several presses in describing how we #KeepUP by innovating and collaborating. After reading our post, visit the Temple University Press blog to learn about North Broad Press, check out the University of North Georgia Press’s post about their collaboration with Affordable Learning Georgia, and read the University of Cincinnati Press’s post on when a book is more than the printed word. Syracuse University Press writes about audiobooks today, Texas Tech University Press spotlights collaborations with organizations dedicated to publishing early-career writers, and the University of Notre Dame Press highlights its new grant-funded projects. Oregon State University Press describes local collaborations addressing climate change, Leuven University Press posts about the KU Leuven Fund for Open Access, Princeton University Press discusses its Supporting Diverse Voices Grants, and Athabasca University Press presents a collaboration with the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning. Finally, Clemson University Press launches a new imprint with a local library consortium, Bucknell University Press discusses partnerships between small and large university presses, the University of Toronto Press covers the relationship between editors and marketers, and Columbia University Press presents a Q&A about changes in book publishing and design. We hope you’ll take some time to check out a few of these great projects!

In 2021, Duke University Press partnered with Longleaf Services to provide journal fulfillment services to Cornell University Press, Texas Tech University Press, and UNC Press. In January 2022, Duke University Press will debut an expanded set of services with the full launch of the Scholarly Publishing Collective (“the Collective”). The Collective will provide journal services including subscription management, fulfillment, hosting, and institutional marketing and sales and will welcome four new partners: Michigan State University Press, Penn State University Press, SBL Press, and the University of Illinois Press. For University Press Week, we spoke with Allison Belan, Director for Strategic Innovation and Services at Duke University Press, about what the Collective is, what it hopes to do, and what it means for the future of university press publishing.

What is the Scholarly Publishing Collective?

The Scholarly Publishing Collective is an initiative from Duke University Press, begun in response to needs we were hearing from fellow university press journal publishers (“UPs”). UPs face a dearth of options for infrastructure, sales, and hosting. The Scholarly Publishing Collective affords these publishers, especially those who don’t have the resources that we have built over the last fifteen years, a vibrant and sustainable option. 

Essentially, the Collective offers the nonprofit scholarly publishing community—largely UPs or society publishers—some core services: subscription and fulfillment management for print and/or electronic subscriptions; direct collection sales to the institutional and consortium market; and digital content hosting and access fulfillment.

What is Duke University Press’s role in the Collective?

Duke University Press has developed infrastructure for our own publishing program that we can share with our fellow UP journal publishers and society publishers, to support them at a time when sustaining their journals program is critical to sustaining their overall mission. Our technology toolkit lets us scale our hosting infrastructure to support 150 additional journals on top of our sixty and more in the future. More than fifteen years of investment and experience and skill-building have gone into being able to do this, and we want to leverage our experience for our Collective partners. 

Part of the theme for this year’s University Press Week, “Keep UP,” is a celebration of how UP publishing has changed over the past decade. Do you think something like the Collective would have been possible ten years ago?

Another way to think about the question might be “Was it needed ten years ago?” And the answer is probably “No.” There were a greater number of providers in these different service spaces then. In addition, there were ways other than direct subscriptions for UP journal programs to basically generate the revenue they needed and make the scholarship available in the formats that librarians wanted, such as by licensing the journal content to aggregators and earning royalties on it. 

In the last ten years, though, both the services marketplace and the institutional marketplace have changed significantly. There are many fewer options available to nonprofit journal publishers to offer and fulfill institutional subscriptions to electronic journals, and revenues from aggregation royalties have leveled off or are not as easy to access for new journals. Several UPs eliminated their subscription sales and content platform management capabilities between 2010 and 2015, turning to JSTOR’s hosting and direct subscription services and the Project MUSE aggregation, as well as others, to generate revenue. When JSTOR announced the sunset of its Journal Hosting Program at the end of 2021, it left a lot of nonprofit publishers without institutional order management and digital hosting capabilities. In addition, consolidation means we’re down to just a handful of commercial platform service providers and a handful of journal subscription and fulfillment management services.

But the piece of the puzzle that’s really been missing in recent years is marketing and sales to international institutions and to consortia. These markets have become so much more critical in the last decade as sales to North American institutions have slowed. And when you move into the international market, you’re often trying to get the attention of consortia who can only engage if the publisher brings a certain bulk to the table. They cannot manage deals with a multitude of smaller publishers. It’s more important than ever to reach these markets to grow and sustain the overall mission, and UPs and societies don’t necessarily have the in-house marketing and sales expertise necessary to navigate this really specific context.

The other part of the University Press Week theme focuses on how UPs produce “forward-thinking work,” making them “a force to keep up with.” How does the Collective contribute to that?

I see “Keep UP” as an imperative, one that then requires “forward-thinking work.” The Collective is happening now because several UP journal publishers saw the need to keep up at the same time that they were losing the capacity to do so, as the services market consolidated and the consortium market changed. That drove the group to have conversations that weren’t possible in the past. I remember times—2007, 2010, 2014—when folks in the UP journal world tried to explore collaborations, saying “We have a shared set of interests. Could we combine our resources? Could we cooperate more?” Those conversations typically faltered at “But we’re competitors, and we’re doing okay on our own. Maybe we don’t need to.” 

Clearly, we’ve reached a point where we need to collaborate. That’s especially true given that so many services out there are geared toward marketing and presenting STEM content. The Collective is a recognition that university presses know humanities and social science journals the best and understand the market for them the best. 

Do you see the Scholarly Publishing Collective as a way for university presses to demonstrate to their journal editors and societies that, yes, UPs are the right place to be?

Absolutely. Very few UPs on their own can offer what the commercial publishers can in terms of raw resources and income. But through the Collective, the partners expand their ability to disseminate, promote, and increase the impact of scholarship.  

The Collective’s online platform provider is Silverchair. In addition to hosting Duke University Press’s e-book and digital journal collections, Silverchair is home to publications from the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Wolters Kluwer. The Collective publishers can say to their editors and members, “You are getting the best digital publishing platform technology there is, while also benefiting from the responsive and individualized care that a university press provides.” 

Through the Collective, the publishers can also offer journals sales representation to the global library market, including large consortia that wouldn’t otherwise be able to engage with a single publisher. The Duke University Press sales team has long-standing relationships in that market. Our team is known and respected and appreciated by consortia representatives and sales agents, and we can tap into that to bring attention to the publishers’ collections and journals.

Do you see increased collaboration along these lines as the future of UP publishing?

I do. It’s my hope that we, the scholarly journals community, will continue to find ways to leverage our knowledge, expertise, and skill to enrich the entire community. Journal publishing is a complex business and it’s challenging to do it well. We see the Collective as a space in which current and future partners can all get a closer look at what each is doing particularly well and then share that knowledge and these strategies and tactics, as well as cultivate new collaborations. The UP community is noted for its generosity; as our publishers gain insights that could benefit the whole, we can share them through all the channels that AUPresses makes available to us, like UP Commons, webinars, and annual meeting sessions.

Open Access Week: Trans Asia Photography joins Duke University Press

To kick off Open Access Week this year, we’re proud to announce that Trans Asia Photography, an open-access journal, is joining the Duke University Press publishing program beginning with its 2022 volume. We’re thrilled to have TAP on board!

TAP, a biannual journal edited by Deepali Dewan, Yi Gu, and Thy Phu, is the first and only open-access international peer-reviewed journal devoted to the interdisciplinary exploration of historic and contemporary photography from Asia and across the Asian diaspora. The journal examines all aspects of photographic history, theory, and practice by centering images in or of Asia, conceived here as a territory, network, and cultural imaginary. Bridging photography and area studies, the journal rethinks transnational and transcultural approaches and methodologies. The journal brings together the perspectives of scholars, critics, and creatives across the humanities and social sciences to advance original and innovative research on photography and Asia, and to reflect and encourage quality, depth, and breadth in the field’s development. 

“The editorial team of Trans Asia Photography is thrilled to join Duke University Press,” wrote the editors. “Since its founding more than a decade ago, TAP has maintained its commitment to be at the forefront of scholarship on Asia and photography, both nurturing and reflecting this emerging field. Central to its success has been a commitment to open-access publication, which has allowed us to move beyond a western academic audience to scholars, curators, artists, and professionals in Asia and beyond. We are excited that Duke University Press shares our commitment to open-access principles. Indeed, we can think of no better home than Duke for carrying out the journal’s vision for transforming the history of photography by centering Asia and for re-thinking Asia through the study of photography.”

From the beginning, the journal was conceived as an online resource where readers from anywhere could read about previously unknown histories of photography, engage with new ways of thinking about past and present photographic work, see photographs that otherwise would be unavailable to them, and learn about relevant books, archives, exhibitions, and symposia. By centering photographic practices of Asia and its diasporas, the journal foregrounds multiple ways of seeing, knowing, and being, which are distinct yet inseparable from other regional formations.

“The addition of TAP adds another exciting publication to DUP’s growing list of outstanding open-access titles,” wrote Erich Staib, Associate Journals Director. “We are delighted to be working together with the editors to further develop the journal and increase its global profile. TAP joins DUP’s broad presence in Asian studies and will be a strong complement to the publishing we do across the field and beyond it.”

Recent issues of the journal have centered on the title’s keywords “trans” and “Asia,” and readers can look forward to TAP’s spring issue examining “photography” to close out this series. Future issues of the journal will focus on themes of amateurism, photobooks, and digitalities.

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How Global Supply Chain Issues Are Affecting Duke University Press

Wherever you turn these days, people are talking about global supply chains. Shortages of everything from toilet paper to appliances to automobiles are vexing consumers and retailers alike. Unfortunately, publishing and bookselling are no different. The New York Times and Vox have both reported on how paper shortages, ink shortages, the closure of printing plants, and snarls in the global shipping industry have affected the publishing industry. 

Here at Duke University Press we are feeling the effects of these issues as well. For the past few months, we have experienced delays at our printers that have led us to lengthen production schedules on all our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 titles, adding four weeks on average to each schedule. We are also finding that it takes longer for books to ship from the printer to our warehouse, causing further delays. Reprints ordered when a book sells out of its initial printing are also delayed along with new books.

Global shipping delays are causing orders placed on our website to take longer to reach our customers. The US Postal Service has experienced delays and is officially lengthening their expected service times this month. Carriers like UPS and Federal Express also have driver shortages that increase domestic shipping times. International shipping is especially slow due to pile-ups at US ports and a decreased reliance on air shipments for packages. CBS Sunday Morning covered these issues earlier this month and the New York Times recently wrote about the backlog at ports. 

We initially set schedules for books about 11-12 months from publication. Some authors and customers who have been tracking the schedule of a Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 title may have seen one publication date a few months ago, and a new one this fall. We know this change is frustrating. It’s frustrating to the media as well, who count on knowing a pub date at least six months out to plan their coverage. And it’s frustrating for our staff, planning their work. 

Director of Editing, Design, and Production Amy Ruth Buchanan says, “In my 26 years in publishing, this supply chain crisis is one of the worst disruptions we have ever had to navigate. Understaffed printing plants, paper shortages, and freight challenges are converging to make this season extraordinarily difficult to manage. Every time an advance arrives in my mailbox I celebrate!”

E-book links on our website

One side effect of the delays has been that our e-books are now available several weeks before our print books. Customers who are especially eager to read a book that has been delayed can purchase the e-book or get it through their library while they wait for the print. We hope this will be helpful if a book has already been scheduled for a syllabus or an event was planned months ago. If the e-book is available for a title, you’ll see a list of links to the various retailers beneath the price on our website. 

As we navigate these delays, we ask for your patience. If you would like to order books for the holidays, we suggest you shop now. If you wish to have a book shipped outside of North and South America, we encourage you to order from our UK-based distributor, Combined Academic Publishers. They will often honor our coupon codes. Canadian customers can consider ordering from their favorite local bookstore, who may be able to get stock directly from our Canadian distributor and avoid border delays.

If you are serving on an awards committee and a book you’re expecting to be submitted hasn’t arrived, please reach out to us and ask about it. It may be stuck in transit. Similarly, let us know if a review copy hasn’t reached you.

We’re doing our best to keep our authors updated as soon as we know of any schedule delay. We suggest that authors not schedule any events or book launches until at least six weeks after your project editor tells you your book will be in our warehouse. If you have questions about your book’s schedule you can contact either your project editor or your publicist. 

We see these disruptions lasting at least through fall 2022 and again ask for your patience as an author, customer, bookseller, or reviewer.