ANU E Press, as it was originally known, was established in 2003 to explore and enable new modes of scholarly publishing. Taking advantage of new information and communication technologies to make available the intellectual output of the ANU academic community, ANU E Press was Australia’s first primarily electronic academic publisher.
After 10 years of production, in early 2014 ANU E Press changed its name to ANU Press to reflect the changes the publication industry had seen since 2003. Now digital publication has become the norm across publishing, the Press no longer needs to set itself apart as a digital publisher, and so has taken the traditional academic publishing name of ANU Press.
The primary focus of ANU Press is the electronic production of scholarly works. All works are also available for purchase through a Print on Demand (PoD) service.
ANU Press produces fully peer-reviewed research publications and is recognised by the Department of Industry as a commercial publisher, enabling ANU Press authors to gain full recognition under the Higher Education Research Data Collection scheme.
The decision to establish ANU Press was based on:
- a recognition of the need to create an effective mechanism for disseminating high quality ANU scholarship that lacks a ready commercial market
- a determination to eliminate barriers inherent in existing models of scholarly communication
- an acceptance that the operational overheads of the conventional academic press are no longer affordable
- a realisation that emergent electronic press technologies offer a feasible alternative to the conventional academic press in terms of cost and available infrastructure.
Through active engagement and modification of current generation technologies, ANU Press:
- provides standardised publishing processes via a generic set of publishing workflows
- provides content indexing in the form of subject headings and metadata, as well as hyperlinked term indexing through scripted generation
- converts original format files to XML, in order to facilitate the production of electronic editions of previously published scholarly titles
- publishes works in both electronic and print formats.
Submission and peer review process
Manuscript submissions to ANU Press office are referred to the relevant Editorial Board for consideration. The Editorial Board determines whether the proposal is of interest and, if so, requests a manuscript evaluation via independent peer review (a double-blind process, with at least two referees and at least one of these referees being external to the ANU). The process from peer-review to final copy-editing is the responsibility of the Editorial Board. Once the copy-edited manuscript has been accepted for publication, ANU Press commences the production cycle.
Ebooks are freely available in a range of formats: Acrobat PDF, ePub, HTML for onscreen viewing and HTML and mobi for mobile devices. These formats, as well as Print-on-Demand (PoD) books, are generated from a single source file (XML). Printed books are available from Amazon, the ANU Co-op Bookshop, the ANU Press website, and any bookstore subscribing to the Global Books in Print bibliographic database.
ANU Press titles range across a wide variety of academic disciplines and include monographs, journals and conference proceedings, as well as biographies of key scholarly figures. In 2014, ANU Press celebrated 10 years of production and the publication of its 500th title. All titles are legally deposited with the National Library of Australia.