A Prospectus for Authors and Editorial Boards of Series


A Prospectus for Authors and Editorial Boards of Series
Conventional & Open Access Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences


Amsterdam University Press (AUP) was established in 1992 by the University of Amsterdam and is based on the Anglo-American publishing model. AUP has since then built up a publishing list of more than 1400 titles. The scholarly and trade publications of AUP are available in Dutch or English and relate to subjects in the area of humanities and social sciences.

Alongside books and academic journals, AUP offers an increasing number of electronic products. Increasingly, existing AUP publications are being made available digitally through e-books and in Open Access. Titles are being published, more and more as a standard process, through print-on-demand.

AUP’s mission is to support and stimulate academic knowledge through scholarly publications. The quality of the contents of these publications is therefore fundamental. The academic quality of our series is guaranteed by Series Boards, all esteemed international academic specialists, acquisitions editors, and through peer review.

AUP has been a leading player in establishing Open Access technologies in Europe, and has led several successful major, multi-party projects funded by the EU. In particular, the OAPEN online library and platform offers a quality-controlled collection of Open Access books in the humanities and social sciences. In addition AUP has an agreement with JSTOR, the global shared digital library and platform for academic books and journals.

Amsterdam University Press offers:

• Distribution co-ordinated by The University of Chicago Press for North America; Amsterdam UP for Europe; and by local agents of Amsterdam UP in Asia and Australasia;
• Guaranteed fast turn-round time from receipt of definitive text (after peer-review) to publication;
• Co-ordination from the beginning to the end of the publishing process by a designated acquisitions editor, providing a single point of contact;
• Contracts or Letters of Intent, conditional on successful peer-reviewing reports, at an early stage in the writing process, subject to the recommendation of the relevant series’ Editorial Board;
• A choice of outputs, as required by the scholar (or funding agencies), including conventional print, Open Access publication (using the Gold or the Green model, that is access delayed for 18-24 months), and/or e-publishing;
• Retention of the titles in-print through the use of print-on-demand technologies and/or Open Access;
• Promotion of individual titles and book series through structured, targeted Marketing and/or Sales campaigns, focused on the key subject-areas described below;
• Promotion, either by itself or through agents, of the titles and series at relevant conferences;
• Partnerships for hosts of series with a range of globally significant research institutions across the humanities and social sciences, to facilitate the development of cross-faculty Editorial Boards and develop networks for major new, international research projects;
• Support in developing networks of scholars, particularly through its active acquisitions policy in the target subject-areas.

Publishing programme:

Amsterdam UP focuses on four areas of the humanities and social sciences (HSS), and develops clusters of excellence within each. Many of these thematic clusters are found in other focus-areas, thereby reinforcing the press’s image and its marketing capabilities, while offering scholars a network that spans HSS disciplines.

1. Asian Studies, with a focus on series and themes in the following areas
a. East Asia
b. Southeast Asia
c. South and Central Asia
2. European History (from Late Antiquity through the Middle Ages, Early Modernity and the Dutch Golden Age to ca. 1830), approaching these periods through
a. cultural studies (including literary history)
b. topics in religious life
c. art and architectural history (particularly in the latter of the two periods above)
d. archaeology and material culture, heritage and memory studies
3. Film and Media Studies, with focal points on the history of cinema and directors, media and television, and new media such as gaming
4. Sociology and Linguistics
5. Trade publications, that is, science books in the areas above and appealing to a broader, popular readership, mainly in Dutch for the Dutch market, but some in English for a global audience.

Publication formats include monographs, edited collections of thematically coherent volumes, journals, and reference works. AUP’s strength comes from close working partnerships with leading research centres in the Netherlands and abroad (e.g. IIAS, NIOD, IISH, KNAW, WRR).

All publications are fully peer-reviewed and can benefit from a full suite of editorial assistance and support services. A single style-sheet permitting both traditional humanities referencing (Long Form / Short Form) and Author: Date is applied. Scholarly publications are almost always in English but aimed at (and therefore styled to conform to the demands of) a global readership.

Copyright and intellectual property:

All authors, editors and contributors sign a contract following Dutch law. Copyright law in this respect follows norms established at EU level. The key concept under this law is that intellectual property remains that of the creator (i.e. Author); IP is inalienable and cannot be transferred. However, the IP-holder can licence someone, in this case a publisher, to copy and sell a specific iteration of their IP. The terms, media, rights and responsibilities and duration of such a licence are specified clearly under the contract.

It is worth underlining that in European law, the rights of the publisher are carefully defined. Conversely, the rights (and any restrictions) of the IP-holder to re-use the specific material licenced to a publisher, and to publish other versions of iterations of their IP are clearly defined and are large.

Conventional, Open Access and hybrid publishing models:

The publishing model is based on three options, with a range of products as outlined above. Expressed simply:

1 Conventional publications are funded on the ‘customer-pays’ principle. They will typically be printed hardback, 250-400 pages (80,000 to 140,000 words), including black-and-white images (delivered free of charges), colour quires when required. No funding is required of the author and the press recoups its expenditure by charging customers, mainly libraries, the market rate.
2 Open Access publications, and most specifically Gold OA, are funded on the ‘author-pays’ principle which, in the case of the Humanities, means a funding agency or employer (university), rather than an individual. In many countries it is becoming required for publicly-funded research to be published using the Gold OA model, and funds are set aside for this purpose.
3 Hybrid publications are a combination of the two models above. This model is particularly appropriate for publications where authors have insufficient resources to pay for Gold OA, but can still gain grants to part-finance a publication.

Scholars publishing with AUP can opt for a combination of these models and a range of outputs, as described above.

FAQs and further information from the Commissioning Editor: www.aup.nl/index.php/about-aup/people/ or info@aup.nl.