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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22 July 2020

Publishers Association Yearbook 2019

2019 was publishing's best year ever with total publishing sales reaching £6.3bn and growth across every sector. The Publishers Association Yearbook 2019 contains statistical analysis of publisher revenue for consumer, education, and academic books and journals with 100+ accompanying tables and graphs.

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.

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…

24 October 2018

Publishing’s contribution to research and innovation

This research by Frontier Economics shows that academic excellence is an important strength of the UK economy and that academic publishing plays a key role in the innovation cycle. Returns to innovation in the UK are 50-90% The UK has 4% of the world’s researchers but 16% of the most cited journal articles The UK…