Association of European University Presses Launched at Frankfurt

The Association of European University Presses (AEUP) was officially launched at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair. AEUP is a network of scholarly presses from across Europe who are affiliated with a university or academic institution. AEUP aims to enhance the visibility of member presses and facilitate communication between them, to share knowledge and to strengthen their common mission to support scholarly publishing.

Eight University Presses acted as founding members of the AEUP, approving the by-laws and electing the first board of the Association (see below). A subsequent meeting open to interested University Presses was attended by more than 50 people, representing around 30 University Presses from more than 10 countries.

Following an introduction by Eelco Ferwerda (Amsterdam University Press), Marike Schipper of Leuven University Press gave a keynote speech on ‘The value of University Press publishing and the need for the AEUP’. Ms. Schipper began by distinguishing university presses from other scholarly publishers, pointing to their formal relationship with academic institutes, a university, research institute or scholarly society and their primary function to disseminate academic knowledge. This implies that a peer review process is at the heart of university press publishing. University presses select publications based on their scholarly merits, not on their commercial potential, and it is their strong commitment to the academic community and the dissemination of scholarly knowledge which binds university presses together.

The full text of the keynote speech can be found at http://www.aeup.eu under "About the AEUP."

After the keynote speech, Peter Givler, director of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) responded to Ms. Schipper’s talk with information about the way university presses operate in the USA and gave various examples of how members benifit from the AAUP. Following Peter Givler’s talk Linda Cameron, director of The University of Alberta Press and president of the Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP) talked about the value of their association in Canada.

Founding members of the AEUP are:

Amsterdam University Press, the Netherlands ENS Editions, France KIT Scientific Publishers, Germany Leuven University Press, Belgium Northumbria University Press, United Kingdom Nottingham University Press, United Kingdom Fondation Maison Sciences de l’Homme, France Leiden University Press, the Netherlands

AEUP is supported and hosted by Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, and Northumbria University Press, Newcastle.

For more information, please visit http://www.aeup.eu.

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