Cambridge University Press has a proud history of forming productive and enduring publishing relationships with learned societies, universities, and professional associations. We produce journals in partnership with more than 230 different organisations across the world, making up just under two thirds of our total list.
These collaborations succeed because we share the priorities of our partners - working closely with them to produce journals of rigorous academic quality that shape their disciplines and reach a broad, international audience.
Working with Cambridge University Press: At a glance
Commitment to academic excellence
Our charitable status allows us to offer society partners a uniquely stable publishing environment and total commitment to academic excellence, free of short-term shareholder demands. Our first priority is to ensure the highest academic standards are met consistently in our publishing. This commitment, shared by our partners, informs every element of our service.
Cambridge University Press occupies a unique position within the academic journals market. We are small enough to offer partners a flexible and personal service, but with a global infrastructure and profile capable of delivering substantial market share.
We operate with keen commercial awareness – with 11 regional headquarters, over 50 offices, selling into almost every country in the world – and deliver competitive financial returns for our societies to reinvest in their broader activities.
We publish more than 360 journals across the full spectrum of academic disciplines, giving us experience of the boundless variety that exists within the international research ecosystem. We recognise that one size does not fit all and so shape each element of our service around the optimal strategic priorities of individual journals and their societies.
In-house expertise in digital technology
We were one of the first publishers to launch a digital publishing platform and one of few today to offer significant in-house expertise dedicated to the development of new publishing technology. Our partners can trust Cambridge to optimise their digital impact, applying the latest technology sensitively and attracting high levels of usage. Our platforms are constantly evolving, driven by the needs of our publishing partners as well as those of our subscribers and readers.
In an ever changing publishing environment the Press is guided by a clear mission – to disseminate knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. We recognise that our continuing success requires constant adaptation, the adoption of new methods, new approaches and new ways of doing business that synchronise with the changing needs of the academic community. We are engaged in this mission, committed to it and seek to pioneer in our service to the academic community.
Cambridge University Press is both the oldest publishing house in the world and the oldest university press. It was established through Royal Charter granted to the University by Henry VIII in 1534, and has been operating continuously in the international academic market since publishing its first book in 1584.
The Press' engagement with journal publishing began through printing arrangements formed with learned societies in the 1870s. We launched our first journal, The Journal of Hygiene, in 1901 (still published today as Epidemiology and Infection).
Nearly 150 years of experience in journal publishing stands behind us, serving an ever expanding and diversifying audience of scholars.
Much has changed since the Press started publishing in 1534. The academic landscape continuously shifts as technology provides new ways to share and develop ideas, new academic markets emerge and research methods develop. Throughout our history the Press has innovated to serve the requirements of new academic audiences and we continue today to engage with and shape the latest approaches to scholarly dissemination.
- CrossRef (developing shared infrastructure to support scholarly communication)
- Project COUNTER (setting international standards for recording and reporting online usage)
- Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (developing advice on all aspects of peer-review journal publication ethics)
- Project TRANSFER (an international code of conduct for publishers transferring journals)
- KBART (exploring and resolving data exchange problems between publishers and libraries)
- Portico (ensuring electronic resources are preserved for future researchers)
- iThenticate (preventing plagiarism in published works)
- Publons (developing methods for attributing credit to peer review)
Cambridge University Press is also deeply engaged in efforts to establish sustainable approaches to Open Access (OA), which increase the accessibility of research while protecting academic quality, scholarly independence and the role of learned societies in the academic economy. We see it as our duty to keep our publishing partners informed about developments in OA, offering professional advice and assessing the advantages and risks of different approaches.