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
11 January 2019

Diversity survey of the publishing workforce 2018

The survey is the second of its kind, with the first in 2017 being used as the basis for the Publishers Association’s 10-point Inclusivity Action Plan and two related five-year targets – which aim for at least 50% of leadership positions and executive-level roles to be occupied by women and 15% of publishing employees to…

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13 December 2018

Institutional Archiving Agreement

With support from our Academic, Professional and Learning Publishers Council, we developed a template for agreements between academic publishers and universities for the deposit of metadata relating to journal articles.  The template is designed to provide those negotiating such agreements with a framework for discussions between publishers and staff in the university and library sectors. It relates to the deposit of academic research into institutional archives and is designed to help address…

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07 December 2018

An industry-wide commitment to professional behaviour in bookselling and publishing

Written and endorsed by the Booksellers Association, Society of Authors, Publishers Association and Association of Authors’ Agents, the commitment to Professional Behaviour in Bookselling and Publishing contains four principles, underpinned by a set of commitments to present a united vision for professionalism in the industry, to celebrate diversity and inclusion in all its forms, and…

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22 October 2018

Assessing the case for zero-rating VAT on digital publications

Assessing the Case for Zero-Rating VAT on Digital Publications is a report by independent economic consultancy Frontier Economics. Commissioned by the Publishers Association and Professional Publishers Association, research finds a strong case for zero-rating. Removing VAT on digital publications could save UK consumers up to £210 million each year. It comes in the wake of…

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19 July 2018

The PA Publishing Yearbook 2017

The PA Publishing Yearbook 2017, our latest annual collection of industry statistics shows the publishing industry continues to be a powerhouse of the creative industries, with total income rising by 5% to £5.7bn. You’ll notice we have made some further changes to the Yearbook design this year and, for the first time, have reduced the…

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