Outreach to Scholars and Authors


The online resource Ask UP continues to demystify how university presses work. The collection of frequently asked questions details common scholarly publishing practices as undertaken by university presses around the globe, although specific procedures and policies may vary from press to press. Created and fueled by the AUPresses Faculty Outreach Committee, the site also offers illustrations of the lifecycle of a book and suggests resources for further reading on such topics as academic career advancement, writing and style, publishing and scholarly communication, and copyright and intellectual property. A new resources category, preparing materials for publication, was added to the Ask UP site this year; initial linked entries consider indexing and alt-text, among other topics.

Rutgers University Press, the University of Arizona Press, Princeton University Press, and the University of Georgia Press hosted the site between summer 2022 and spring 2023, curating and answering new questions. LSU Press is set to host in summer 2023.  


During the past year, the Faculty Outreach Committee has continued to establish relationships with scholarly associations, facilitating the following publishing sessions:

  • Conference panel, American Sociological Association, organized in 2022 by former Committee member Ilene Kalish (NYU)
  • Conference panel, National Communications Association, organized in 2022 by former Committee chair Catherine Cocks (then at Michigan State, now at Syracuse).
  • Conference panel, Modern Language Association, organized in 2023 by Committee member Philip Leventhal (Columbia)
  • Webinar for graduate students, Latin American Studies Association, organized in 2023 by Committee member Elizabeth Wilder (Arizona), based on initial plans by former Committee chair Catherine Cocks

The Resources page on the AUPresses website offers a selection of Association materials and tools for authors seeking publishers, in addition to helpful tools such as the Permissions FAQ—which added the Guidelines for Social Media Reproduction Supplement section this year—the revised second edition of the Peer Review Best Practices Handbook, and Digital Art Submission Guidelines

AUPresses is a contributing organization of the Think. Check. Submit. project, an international initiative that helps researchers identify trusted journals and book publishers for their research, offering a range of tools and practical resources.