University Press

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Under Universitätsverlag (English: university press ) is a generally publisher understood that for a particular university and mostly with the branding of this university (University research results of university students graduate or -members) released or work on university research priorities. One focus is often on dissertations , habilitation theses , anthologies, for example from lecture series, commemorative publications, research work. There are also scientific journals , textbooks, exhibition or collection catalogs and reference books (dictionaries, encyclopedias, manuals) issued.

The legal forms of the university publishers vary considerably. Some publishers are run by universities as part of their range of services and can therefore be exempt from sales tax. Others act as an embedded commercial type (BgA) or as an independent commercial unit with full tax liability . Since the term Universitätsverlag is not protected, there are university publishers such as the Leipziger Universitätsverlag that have no official links to a university.

Unlike in Anglo-American countries, the above publications are not mainly published by large and market-dominating university publishers such as Oxford University Press or MIT Press . Rather, there are various privately run academic publishers in Germany that originally emerged from a collaboration between a university and a bookseller or publisher. There are also around 40 university publishers, the majority of which are under the direct control of the respective university. These current university publishers are mostly newly founded between the 1970s and 1990s, others only emerged with the success of the Internet in 2000. Because of their younger age, they are smaller than the Anglo-American publishers. Their orientation towards their own university often means that the respective publishing program corresponds to the research and teaching profiles of the respective university. If the university publishers act on behalf of their university and mainly publish their results, these publishers complement the commercial publishing industry. In contrast to profit-oriented, commercial publishers, the programmatic goal of a university-operated publisher is to disseminate university publications as widely as possible . This is one of the reasons why a large number of university publishers promote open access publishing . The European Commission has supported this development with the OAPEN Library, which contains numerous publications from European university and scientific publishers. For the exchange of experiences, for political work and joint trade fair appearances, most of them have organized themselves in the working group of university publishers . The publication services of some research institutions have meanwhile reached such a high publishing level that they have qualified for inclusion in this working group.

University publishers and research publication services in German-speaking countries

  • Aachen: Apprimus Verlag Aachen
  • Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press
  • Berlin: University Press of the TU Berlin
  • Bozen: Bozen-Bolzano University Press
  • Bremen: APOLLON University Press, Bremen
  • Bonn: Bonn University Press
  • Chemnitz: Chemnitz University Press
  • Düsseldorf: düsseldorf university press
  • Erlangen-Nuremberg: FAU University Press
  • Göttingen: Göttingen University Press
  • Graz: Publishing house of the Technical University of Graz
  • Hamburg: Hamburg University Press
  • Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing (heiUP)
  • Hildesheim: University Press Hildesheim
  • Ilmenau: Ilmenau University Press
  • Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press
  • Karlsruhe: University press of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Kassel: kassel university press
  • Cologne: PUBLISSO Publishing, Cologne
  • Konstanz: UVK Verlagsgesellschaft (formerly Universitätsverlag Konstanz)
  • Leipzig: Leipzig University Press
  • Mainz: Mainz University Press
  • Merseburg: Hochschulverlag Merseburg
  • Munich: TUM.University Press
  • Oldenburg: BIS-Verlag of the University of Oldenburg
  • Osnabrück: Osnabrück University Press
  • Potsdam: University Press Potsdam
  • Regensburg: Publications of the University Library
  • Saarbrücken: Universaar Saarbrücken
  • Saarland: Röhrig University Press
  • Siegen: universi - Siegen University Press
  • Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag Stuttgart
  • Tübingen: Tübingen University Press
  • Vienna: Publishing house of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Vienna: TU Wien Academic Press
  • Vienna: Vienna University Press
  • Würzburg: Würzburg University Press (WUP)

Other university publishers abroad

Associations and community initiatives of university publishers

Web links


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