By Agata Mrva-Montoya
We are delighted to launch a new website and a new blog that mark the ‘coming of age’ of Sydney University Press (SUP).
It has been 15 years since the University of Sydney Library decided to re-establish Sydney University Press in response to a growing need for new avenues for scholarly book publishing for Australian academics. From the beginning, the press was set to capitalise on new digital and printing innovations, while maintaining a commitment to high-quality editing and production values associated with traditional publishing practices.
Over the years, SUP has changed its publishing program away from a broad focus on books in humanities and social sciences to a tightly focused list, strategically aligned with the research strengths of the University of Sydney. While many of our books continue to explore Australian themes, some of our new series are international in scope, and we enjoy working with academic authors from around the globe on topics as diverse as the archaeology of central Asia or the story of Obaysch the hippopotamus, the first ‘star’ animal to be exhibited in the London Zoo.
Apart from reinventing our publishing program, we have adopted a format-neutral workflow, a cutting-edge title management system and a broad distribution arrangement, working with partners in Australia and overseas. We are constantly looking into how we can improve, innovate and generally do things better and faster.
The new website reflects our current publishing focus and our commitment to disseminating outstanding research. We continue to look for new ways to make knowledge more accessible and to engage with both the academic community and society more broadly.