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Benefits of Membership

This general overview will help you get the most out of association programs and services! Browse our Resources Index for more detailed information on the tools and services that are available to you.

UP Commons

An online resource and collaboration hub for AUPresses members. To access many benefits and resources, you must register at UP Commons.

To register for UP Commons, and to learn how to optimize your use of the AUPresses community hub, see:

New to AUPresses, or Switched Employer?

We may not have your new contact information in our records yet. You must use the press-based email address that is known to AUPresses to register; email addresses are checked against our internal database before accounts are approved. If it seems likely we would not have your correct workplace email in our database or your UP Commons registration request was not automatically approved, please fill out this Staff Record Update form

Member Bulletin

To stay up-to-date on new programs, deadlines, and events, please subscribe to our monthly member bulletin.

Interest Groups and Discussion Lists

The email discussion lists are vibrant forums for year-round knowledge sharing and idea generating. Eventually these lists may be superseded by interest “Groups” being created on UP Commons, but at present members continue to also use the long-standing email lists generously hosted by the University of Chicago Press, Princeton University Press, and Duke University Press. 

Browse and join interest groups and discussion lists >

Jobs List

A well-known and effective channel for member presses to post open positions and paid internship opportunities. Career resources are also available at the Jobs List for individuals seeking to join or move forward in the university press publishing community. You must have an active UP Commons account to post there.

Professional Education & Networking

Members receive reduced rates to attend the Annual MeetingWorkshops, and Webinarsspecial group meetings for press directors and journals staff are routinely held at the annual meeting; member press staff may be eligible for grants to attend the AUPresses annual meeting, the AUPresses Financial Officers Meeting and the Library Publishing forum. Our “Hangouts” are regular online sessions intended for more informal knowledge sharing and networking.

HandbooksToolkits, and Resource Guides are available across a range of topics, such as Marketing, Business, Peer Review, and more.

Annual Meeting and Virtual Mentoring match-ups are available through the Professional Development Committee.

Residency Programs provide opportunities for members to learn from each other—in addition to the Residency Program available to eligible non-press-director staff, a residency program created in 2018 allows Directors from regular or affiliate member presses with annual net sales of less than $1.5 million to gain new perspectives.

Member press staff can volunteer to serve on AUPresses Committee and Task Forces where they can gain valuable experience and new skills while further serving the community.  

Find more details through the Resources Index, or browse Professional Development topics at our Tools and Resources for Members site.

Promoting and Advocating for University Presses

The Annual AUPresses Directory profiles each member press, with key contacts and editorial program details. 

University Press Week is an annual campaign that puts the spotlight on the essential work our members do, with opportunities to participate in an online gallery, blog tour, and host your own events.

The Value of University Presses is a clear set of talking points that addresses many facets of the university press value proposition for a university, a discipline, a community, and the world. The Association works to highlight these value statements through social media, press relations, and media placement year-round.

The Book, Jacket, and Journal Show is an annual traveling exhibit that celebrates and teaches the tenets of excellent design in scholarly and university press publications.

University Press Books for Secondary School and Public Libraries is an annual bibliography of scholarly books selected and rated by school and public librarians, often featured at ALA.

The Stand UP Award recognizes service to the community.

Data and Research Programs

Including our gold-standard Annual Operating Statistics, regular reports such as Quarterly Sales & Returns and Digital Book Publishing, as well occasional topic-based surveys, our data and research agenda is intended to support the work our members do on campus and around the world. Learn more about these >

Discounted Services

Through the Cooperative Advertising Program, members receive greatly reduced rates for print and online advertising in participating publications.

Association members can receive a monthly discount on the NetGalley digital galley and multimedia press kit service.

Member presses receive an additional discount off of non-profit subscription rates for the Publisher Alley web-based business tool that assists book publishers in making better editorial, marketing, sales, and financial decisions.

The Association occasionally partners with international trade fairs such as the London Book Fair and FILUNI for special exhibits.

Find details about these programs >


— AUPresses Mission Statement in Chinese (Simplified)