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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine recent trends that have affected University Presses. The increased reliance on digital resources and fiscal constraints within higher education has forced University Presses to re-evaluate their position with the scholarly communication system. Responses include an increased focus on partnerships, new forms of publication, changing business models, and better meeting customers’ needs.

Design/Methodology/Approach – The authors have reviewed publications on University Presses from the last five years and added their viewpoints on current and future trends.

Findings – University Presses must adapt to resource scarcity and current trends in scholarly communication to remain viable.

Practical Implications – Both University Presses and academic libraries may gain insights on how to meet the needs of researchers and scholars within a changing environment.

Originality/Value – This paper summarizes and evaluates a broad spectrum of research on University Presses.


Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science | Scholarly Communication | Scholarly Publishing


NOTICE IN COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLISHER POLICY: This is the author’s final manuscript version, post-peer-review, and formatted for archiving; a definitive version was subsequently published in Collection Building, 33(3) pp.73-80. Available at: