Policy Areas

As part of the association's mission to assist its members through professional education, industry representation, and public advocay, AAUP tracks developments and takes action in a number of important policy areas

Future of Scholarly Communications

The scholarly publishing community is engaged in a vibrant conversation on what the future of scholarly communications should and could look like. Read more >

Copyright and Access

Intellectual property and access to research are two pillars of scholarly publishing. Here you will find practical tools and information resources on copyright and permissions for both publishers and scholars, reference guides to the ongoing debate over open access policies, as well as AAUP position statements. Read more >

Intellectual Freedom

The freedom to read, the freedom to publish, and academic freedom are core values for AAUP. Read more >

Peer Review

High standards of editorial quality, including rigorous peer review, is at the center of university press publishing and quality of editorial review is key to publishers' eligibility to join the Association. The Acquisitions Editorial COmmittee has articulated a set of practices that comprise such a standard. Read more >

Public Advocacy

It is a central part of the Association's mission to serve as a strong public advocate of the value of nonprofit scholarly publishing. We make the case for university presses to administrations, policymakers, and the public. We also join with coalitions in support of policies and positions essential to the work of our members. Read more >