May 26, 2022

Article: “Mission Alignment: University Presses Versus Institutional Visions”

The following article was recently published by Learned Publishing.


Mission Alignment: University Presses Versus institutional Visions


Heather Staines
Independent Consultant, Scholarly Communications


Learned Publishing
DOI: 10.1002/leap.1346

Key Points

  • There is no such thing as a ‘standard’ university press except to say that they all support their institutional missions to some extent.
  • The mission of an academic institution is not always aligned with that of their press and adaptation is often required – from discipline to organization to outreach.
  • There appears to be increasing alignment between the university library and the press with collaboration and sharing of resources and reporting.
  • University presses spend a great deal of time engaging with their institution and balancing this with wider outreach.

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7 pages; PDF.

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