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The Ethical Imperative of the University Press

By Peter Berkery and Annette Windhorn

Published in the GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing, February 2022

University presses are unlike other publishers in a number of ways; arguably, one of the most important distinctions is a unique relationship to the ethical implications of our actions. This article, based on a presentation to the GW Conference on Ethics in Publishing in fall 2020, uses the strategic planning process through which the leadership of the Association of University Presses identified and iteratively defined our community’s four core values as a lens to examine our community’s ethical imperatives. We focus on how ethical considerations, particularly with regard to diversity, inclusion, and equity, have informed those values and how the Association and our individual members are putting our values in action.

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— AUPresses Mission Statement in Arabic