UCL Press to host biennial University Press Redux conference

Posted on November 30, 2016 by UCL Press

UCL Press is delighted to announce that it will host the next University Press Redux conference, to be held in Spring 2018. 

Following the success of the founding conference, organised by Liverpool University Press (LUP) and held in March 2016, The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) will now be partnering with presses to deliver the event every two years. The first partnership will be with UCL Press. 

The inaugural University Press Redux conference was arranged by LUP in association with the Academic Book of the Future project. More than 150 delegates gathered to discuss the past, present and future of institutional presses. A collection of papers arising from the event was subsequently published in a special open access issue of ALPSP's journal, Learned Publishing.

Anthony Cond, Director of Liverpool University Press said: ‘There was such strong support for the conference that we immediately saw the potential to continue the conversation.’

Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager at UCL Press added: ‘The Redux conference demonstrates the vitality and potential of university press publishing. We are inspired by what LUP has achieved!’

Audrey McCulloch, Chief Executive of ALPSP continued: ‘The university press sector has undergone a transformation and revitalisation worldwide. Many of our members were involved in the Redux conference and it was an obvious next step to offer administrative support. We are delighted to be involved.’

The 2018 University Press Redux Conference will be curated and hosted by UCL Press with administrative and promotional support provided by ALPSP. Dates will be announced soon. 

About the University Press Redux Conference

The first University Press Redux Conference (#UPRedux) was hosted by Liverpool University Press in association with the Academic Book of the Future project in March 2016. With 150 delegates, representing nearly 40 university presses, the conference benefited from some inspiring presentations exploring the role of presses new and old in the future of scholarly communication. Slides from all the talks are available on the Liverpool University Press site.


ALPSP is the international membership trade body that supports and represents not-for-profit organizations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content. With 330 members in 40 countries, membership also includes university presses, as well as those that work with publishers.  ALPSP’s mission is to connect, inform, develop and represent the international scholarly and professional publishing community. Founded in 1972 by 24 societies, ALPSP has grown to become the largest trade association helping scholarly and professional publishers around the world.

About Liverpool University Press

Liverpool University Press is the UK’s third oldest university press, with a distinguished history of publishing exceptional research since 1899, including the work of Nobel Prize winners. LUP has rapidly expanded in recent years to become an award-winning academic publisher that produces approximately 100 books a year and 28 journals, specialising in literature, modern languages, history and visual culture.

About UCL Press

UCL Press is the first fully open access university press in the UK. Founded in 2015, it seeks to use modern technologies and 21st century means of publishing and dissemination radically to change the prevailing models for the publication of scholarly research. Grounded in the open science/open scholarship agenda, UCL Press makes its scholarly books and journals available online to a global audience, irrespective of their ability to pay, because UCL believes that this is the best way to tackle grand challenges such as poverty, disease and hunger.

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