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
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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19 July 2018

Timeline of Open Access policy in the UK

We produce a range of briefing documents for our members, including this timeline of the key Open Access policy developments in the UK between 2012 and 2018. Please note that significant developments have taken place since this document was published in July 2018. If you require further information, please get in touch with a member…

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13 July 2018

Open Access Monographs

Publishers believe that monographs play an important part in the scholarly ecosystem. We want to encourage more monographs to be written and more to be read. We believe that books should live in minds, not on shelves. We are pro-access and always will be. Open Access policies are currently being developed and rolled out by…

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13 July 2018

Academic publishing and Open Access policy

Despite making up less than 1% of the world’s population and 4% of researchers, the UK accounts for 10% of downloads, 12% of citations and 16% of the world’s most cited journals. The Publishers Association Our briefing on academic publishing and Open Access policy is a useful explainer for anyone new to the topic, or…

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13 July 2018

Analysis of Government’s Brexit White Paper

In July 2018, the Government published a policy paper on The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. In response, we published our analysis of the White Paper. It summarises the implications for publishing in the event that the EU accepts its recommendations with regards to Brexit. Our analysis touches on: People…

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