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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17 April 2014

The PA Statistics Yearbook 2013

The PA Statistics Yearbook provides the authoritative analysis and measurement of publishing activity for the ninth year running. This edition contains significant new development. For the first time, we have sought to capture the sales data of academic journals from UK‑based publishers. This is not a straightforward undertaking, as the truly international nature of the…

01 October 2013

The PA Statistics Yearbook 2012

The PA Statistics Yearbook, now in its eighth year, is the authoritative analysis and measurement of book publishing activity in 2012. The Yearbook aims to delineate the direct value generated by publishers as expressed through revenues to the companies’ bottom lines and through unit sales. Highlights: Total physical and digital sales up 4% to £3.3bn…

01 October 2010

Code of Practice on Author Contracts

The Publishers Association’s Code of Practice on Author Contracts applies only to agreements under which an author assigns or licenses an interest in the copyright of a work to a publisher, and does not apply to agreements whereby an author invests money in the publication of a work. The publishing contract must be clear, unambiguous…