May 17, 2022

Cambridge University Press Officially Launches “Elements”, a “New Model for Scholarly Publishing”

From CUP:

Cambridge University Press has launched a new publishing model to provide an outlet for world-class research and writing that sits outside the traditional formats of book or journal article. Work of between 50-120 pages will be published digitally and through print-on-demand as ‘Cambridge Elements’ – concise, peer-reviewed guides to key and current topics across all fields of study and research.

These will be organised into focused series, edited by leading scholars. They will combine the speed, flexibility and versatility of digital with the highest academic standards.

Chris Harrison, Publishing Development Director, Humanities and Social Science, said: ‘For many years, commercial constraints and the established model of scholarly publishing have prevented publication of a huge variety of work that could not be accommodated within the existing books and journal formats because it was too long for a journal article and too short for a book. ‘The rise of digital publishing and print on demand removes these barriers, promising a way to publish a wealth of material from this previously untapped resource.


Cambridge Elements will be published in just 12 weeks and be made available as digital collections to institutional libraries and to individuals as e-books and in print. They can also be regularly updated to provide a dynamic reference resource for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners.

There will also be Open Access options, in line with the Press’s commitment to help build a sustainable, responsible transition to a more open future for academic publishing.

More From a Cambridge Core Blog Post:

From today, Cambridge Elements will be available to purchase via Cambridge Core through a range of options: as a complete collection, in subject or series clusters, title-by-title, or as part of an Evidence Based Acquisition (EBA) agreement.

Cambridge Elements offer a comprehensive coverage across the arts and sciences, from engineering to the philosophy of religion.

You can view the full range of Elements on Cambridge Core, browse by Element series, or click the Periodic Table below.  (And, Happy Birthday, Periodic Table!)

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