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Research Report
September 19, 2023

Print Revenue and Open Access Monographs

A University Press Study

What happens to print sales when an OA edition of a scholarly monograph is also available on publication? This is the central focus of this report, which is authored by members and representatives from the Association of University Presses and Ithaka S+R. Beyond exploring the question of the role of print sales in OA monograph publishing, we will also touch briefly on how print sales fit into the overall financial equation of a sustainable OA book model.
Blog Post
June 30, 2020

University Presses in the Age of COVID-19, Part 2

How Press Directors are Looking to the Future

There are so many unknowns in this pandemic that it is hard to predict the future—for the economy, for education, for so many parts of our world. The scale of change we have already experienced is frightening and could easily lead organizations to hunker down and hope for things to get better. But in the spirit of never let a serious crisis go to waste, we asked a set of university press directors how they were planning for the long…
Blog Post
June 24, 2020

University Presses in the Age of COVID-19

How Press Directors are Navigating the Challenges of the Pandemic 

Over the past few weeks, Ithaka S+R has conducted conversations with a variety of university press directors to get a sense of how they are faring during this uncertain and challenging time. We spoke with a total of 11 directors representing small, medium, and large presses from public and private universities, all in the US. The discussions were wide ranging, touching on everything from how they were coping with the practical issues around pivoting to a remote workforce,…
Past Event
June 11, 2019

Library Acquisition Patterns: How Do Libraries Buy from University Presses?

Roger Schonfeld at the AUP Meeting

In June, Roger Schonfeld will present on “Library Acquisition Patterns: How Do Libraries Buy from University Presses?” at the Association of University Publishing Meeting in Detroit, Michigan. He will be joined on the panel by Jon T. Elwell (EBSCO) and Terry Ehling (MIT Press). The conference will run from June 11-13, 2019, and more information will be forthcoming on the AUP website. About the panel Ithaka S+R’s Library Acquisition Patterns (LAP) project is a national study that examines…
Blog Post
August 5, 2016

A Taxonomy of University Presses Today

Earlier this week, Carl Straumsheim wrote in Inside Higher Ed about how in an era of declining books sales university presses are looking for new definitions of success in a digital environment. The article used the University of Michigan Press as its key example. As one of those interviewed for the piece, I found myself emphasizing that university presses are not all the same as one another. I believe it is important that…
Blog Post
May 15, 2015

Understanding the Costs of Publishing Monographs

Until now, university press monographs have largely remained on the sidelines as author-side payments have facilitated OA models in journals publishing, particularly in STEM fields. Today, there is real interest in exploring what it would take to create and disseminate high quality digital OA monographs, but the question remains: what would it cost? This year, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has funded Ithaka S+R to conduct a study of the costs of publishing monographs. Since January, industry expert Kim…
Blog Post
January 21, 2015

How much does it cost to publish a monograph?

Books have been published for hundreds of years, so surely there must be a clear answer to this question. But in fact, it’s not so simple, and estimates from press directors, experienced consultants, and researchers in the field vary widely—from less than $10,000 to more than $25,000 per book. Determining what it costs to produce a single high-quality digital monograph is complex, and depends on the publishing house, its practices, and even its methods for accounting. That said, understanding the…