cambridge university press


  • • Parent company: Cambridge University Press & Assessment; Status: Department of the University of Cambridge; Founded: 1534; 488 years ago; Founder: King Henry VIII of England;
    Country of origin: Kingdom of England (since 1534); Headquarters location: Cambridge, England; Distribution: Self-distributed, Ingram Content Group (US fulfillment), DHL Supply Chain (UK fulfillment)[1]; Key people: Stephen Toope, Peter Andrew
    Jestyn Phillips; Nonfiction topics: Humanities; social sciences; science; medicine; engineering and technology; English language teaching and learning; education; Bibles; Fiction genres: Academic, Educational; Imprints: Cambridge University
    Press; Revenue: £336 million (2020); No.

  • “[23] In 2019, the press joined with the University of Cambridge’s research and teaching departments to give a unified response to Plan S, which calls for all publications
    resulting from publicly funded research to be published in compliant open access journals or platforms from 2020.

  • By 1910 the press had become a well-established journal publisher with a successful list which includes its first humanities title, Modern Language Review.

  • [21][22] In its 2019 Annual Report, Cambridge University Press stated that it saw such agreements “as an important stepping stone in the transition to Open Access.

  • In 2019, the press released a new concept in scholarly publishing through Cambridge Elements where authors whose works are either too short to be printed as a book or too
    long to qualify as a journal article could have these published within 12 weeks.

  • The press has, since 1698, been governed by the press ‘Syndics’ (originally known as the ‘Curators’),[26] 18 senior members of the University of Cambridge who, along with
    other non-executive directors, bring a range of subject and business expertise.

  • [49][50][51][52] On 21 August 2017, in the face of growing international protests, Cambridge University Press announced it would immediately repost the articles to uphold
    the principle of academic freedom on which the university’s work is founded.

  • [38] A year after Cambridge Core went live, the press launched Cambridge Core Share, functionality to allow users to generate and share links with free access to selected
    journal articles, an early sign of the press’s commitment to open research.

  • This area is merging with the schools team at Cambridge Assessment From 1 August 2021 onwards, Cambridge University Press became solely the academic and bible publishing division
    of Cambridge University Press & Assessment.

  • [34] • 2020, the University Cambridge announced it would create a ‘new unified organization’ by merging Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment, to launch 1 August

  • On World Book Day 2016, the press held a digital Shakespeare publishing workshop for students and their teachers.

  • [31] • 2017, the University of Cambridge announced that Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment would work more closely in future under governance by the Press
    & Assessment Board.

  • The new organisation is called Cambridge University Press & Assessment.

  • of employees: 3,039; 58% are outside the UK History Cambridge University Press is the oldest university press in the world.

  • In recent years it has entered into several Read & Publish Open Access agreements with university libraries and consortia in several countries, including a landmark agreement
    with the University of California.

  • [48] The China Quarterly[edit] On 18 August 2017, following an “instruction” from a Chinese import agency, Cambridge University Press used the functionality that had been
    built into Cambridge Core to temporarily delete politically sensitive articles from The China Quarterly on its Chinese website.

  • The American Library Association issued a recommendation to libraries still holding Alms for Jihad: “Given the intense interest in the book, and the desire of readers to learn
    about the controversy first hand, we recommend that U.S. libraries keep the book available for their users.”

  • Being part of the University of Cambridge gives Cambridge University Press a non-profit status.

  • [citation needed] The group also publishes Bibles, and the press is one of only two publishers entitled to publish the Book of Common Prayer and the King James Version of
    the Bible in England.

  • [12] In 2012, the press sold its printing operation to MPG Books Group[15] and now uses third parties around the world to provide its print publications.

  • [5] The press moved to its current site in Cambridge in 1963.

  • [35] • 2021, Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press formally became one organisation under the name Cambridge University Press & Assessment.

  • [13] In 2008 the shop expanded into 27 Market Hill where its specialist Education and English Language Teaching shop opened the following year.

  • It became part of Cambridge University Press & Assessment, following a merger with Cambridge Assessment in 2021.

  • [citation needed] It also works with Cambridge Assessment to reach more schools and develop new products and services that improve teaching and learning.

  • [17][18][19] Print and typographic heritage People[edit] • John Siberch, in 1521 the first printer in Cambridge • John Baskerville (1707 – 1775), was the official printer
    and his Cambridge edition of the King James Bible (1763) is considered his masterpiece • Bruce Rogers (1870 – 1957) appointed ‘printing expert’ at the press for two years in 1917 • Stanley Morison (1889 – 1967) was typographical advisor both
    to the press and to the Monotype Corporation from 1925 to 1954 and, from 1929, also to The Times newspaper.

  • Similarly, their Indian office conducted a workshop for teachers and students in 17 schools in Delhi to learn the whole process of book publishing.

  • [17] Operational structure[edit] Until August 2021, Cambridge University Press had three publishing groups: • Academic Publishing: publishes research books and journals in
    science, technology, medicine, humanities, and the social sciences.

  • [55][56] Corporate social responsibility Community[edit] The press undertakes community engagement in Cambridge and around the world where there are Press employees.

  • [18] Digital developments In 2011, Cambridge University Press adopted SAP.

  • [citation needed] In 1986, the press acquired the long-established Bible and prayer-book publisher Eyre & Spottiswoode, which gave the press the ancient and unique title of
    ‘The Queen’s Printer’.

  • [11] In 1975, the press launched its English language teaching publishing business.

  • [6][7] In July 1697, the Duke of Somerset made a loan of £200 to the university “towards the printing house and press” and James Halman, Registrary of the university, lent
    £100 for the same purpose.

  • Open access Cambridge University Press has stated its support for a sustainable transition to open access.

  • • 2015, formed a strategic content and technology partnership with Edmodo, the world’s most extensive e-learning platform for primary and secondary teachers and pupils, to
    bring premier educational content and technology to schools in the United Kingdom.

  • Cambridge is one of the two privileged presses (the other being Oxford University Press).

  • It also publishes Bibles, runs a bookshop in Cambridge, sells through Amazon, and has a conference venues business in Cambridge at the Pitt Building and the Sir Geoffrey Cass
    Sports and Social Centre.

  • [43][44] In a New York Times Book Review (7 October 2007), United States Congressman Frank R. Wolf described Cambridge’s settlement as “basically a book burning”.

  • [62] The press works hard to minimise the number of books that are sent for pulping each year.

  • It publishes Gold Open Access journals and books and works with publishing partners such as learned societies to develop Open Access for different communities.

  • In 1949, the press opens its first international branch in New York.

  • • David Kindersley (1915 – 1995), designed a special alphabet, Meliorissimo, for the press’s buildings, stationery, signs and vans Publications[edit] • 1584, the press’s first
    publication was a book, Two Treatises of the Lord His Holie Supper.

  • It works closely with Cambridge Assessment through the joint initiative Cambridge Exams Publishing.

  • It was in this period that the press turned down what later became the Oxford English Dictionary – a proposal for which was brought to Cambridge by James Murray before he
    turned to Oxford.

  • [29] It also publishes advanced learning materials and reference content as well as 380 journals, of which 43 are ‘Gold’ Open Access.

  • The Syndicate has delegated its powers to a Press & Assessment Board; and to an Academic Publishing Committee and an English Language Teaching & Education Publishing Committee.


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