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New University Press Toolkit

Jisc (2021). New University Press Toolkit.

  • Short title: NUP Toolkit 

This toolkit provides guidance for running New University Presses with a special focus on launching a press, but it is also useful for hybrid academic presses wanting to increase their OA output and presses with different degrees of maturity. Because Jisc’s remit relates to the UK academic landscape, the kit is primarily aimed at UK institutions and centres on UK policies although it will be expanded in the future to present best international practices and case studies. 

The guide tackles a wide variety of areas relevant to running an OA book press. Key questions that the kit tackles include how to start a press, how to achieve sustainability, how to re-evaluate goals and workflows after the initial five years, and how to support authors. A real strength of the kit is the practical advice, detailed examples of best practice and an extremely rich bibliography, which provides a potentially useful additional resource for the new publisher.  The kit covers journals and books; other publication formats will be included over time.