Publications and research

Our work is supported by a research programme which focuses on highlighting the contribution of the UK publishing industry.

We work with different organisations to deliver research reports on strategic areas of interest for the membership.

Recently, this has included working with economic consultancies, political think tanks and charity partners.

We submit responses to government consultations and select committee inquiries and prepare briefing documents on key issues for our members.

We also collate key industry statistics, including our Publishing Yearbook, and carry out an annual industry workforce survey.

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05 March 2020

Maintaining a world-leading publishing sector

We are delighted that the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Publishing has now launched its latest report Maintaining a World Leading Publishing Sector. Our sincere thanks go to Andrew Lewer MBE MP, who has chaired this process and who has helped us navigate the delays caused by the General Election.

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Front cover of Maintaining a World Leading Publishing Sector
24 January 2020

Diversity survey of the publishing workforce 2019

The 2019 survey, the third of its kind, is based on data from over 57 publishing companies of varying sizes across academic, education and consumer publishing. Data from a total of 12,702 employees was collected, an increase in survey size of 97.5% from 2018. The first survey results in 2017 were used as the basis…

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03 December 2019

Response to the UKRI Review of Open Access Policies

Evidence to Inform a Response to the UKRI Review of Open Access Policies: A report for the Publishers Association was written by Dr Michael Jubb in December 2019. Executive Summary The UK continues to show leadership in relation to Open Access. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is currently undertaking a review into its Open Access…

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26 June 2019

The PA Publishing Yearbook 2018

The resilience of publishing over the last five years has been remarkable. In the face of intense competition – both in the retail environment and for consumer’s time and money – the industry has thrived, cementing its place as one of the UK’s true export stars. That marked resilience is seen throughout this year’s PA…

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30 April 2019

Children, young people and digital reading

Young people most engaged with reading are most likely to read on both paper and screen than their peers with low engagement, finds new research by the National Literacy Trust. A survey of 56,905 children and young people aged 9 to 18 in the UK found that twice as many young people who read above…

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17 April 2019

The Publishers Association’s Annual Report 2018

2018 was a positive year for publishing as revenues continued to grow, due in large part to strong export performance. We focused a great deal of time and resource on managing the multitude of policies, processes and consultations emanating from the government as Brexit developed. It took, with superb member input, the full range of…

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