Quick Facts About University Presses

  • Number of Association members: 154
  • Number of members at founding in 1937: 21
  • Number of US states and Canadian provinces home to a founding member press: 14 and 1, respectively
  • Number of current members outside of North America: 18
  • Number of countries home to at least one AUPresses member: 17
    Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Qatar, South Africa, the UK, and the US
World map indicating countries where you can find AUPresses members.
Map of North America showing where AUPresses members can be found.
  • US states home to at least one AUPresses member: 42 plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
  • Number of Canadian provinces home to at least one AUPresses member: 6
  • US state home to the most members: New York (15)
  • City home to the most members: Washington, DC (11)
  • Number of members supported by US universities and colleges: 100
  • Number of members supported by public US universities: 58
  • Titles published annually per member: 1 to 1,500
  • Titles published annually by all members: approximately 12,000
  • Journals published annually by all members: approximately 1,500
  • Titles in print at member presses: approximately 333,000
  • 13 Nobel Laureates in Literature since 2000 have published work with member presses: J.M. Coetzee, Gao Xingjian, Imre Kertész, Peter Handke, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Mo Yan, Patrick Modiano, Herta Müller, Orhan Pamuk, Olga Tokarczak, Tomas Tranströmer, and Mario Vargas Llosa
  • 35 Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences since 2000 have published work with member presses: George A. Akerlof, Robert J. Aumann, Abhijit Banerjee, Angus Deaton, Peter A. Diamond, Robert F. Engle III, Clive W.J. Granger, Lars Peter Hansen, Oliver Hart, James J. Heckman, Daniel Kahneman, Michael Kremer, Paul Krugman, Eric S. Maskin, Daniel L. McFadden, Paul R. Milgrom, Dale T. Mortensen, Roger B. Myerson, William D. Nordhaus, Elinor Ostrom, Edmund S. Phelps, Christopher A. Pissarides, Edward C. Prescott, Alvin E. Roth, Thomas J. Sargent, Thomas C. Schelling, Lloyd S. Shapley, Robert J. Shiller, Christopher A. Sims, Vernon L. Smith, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Richard H. Thaler, Jean Tirole, Oliver E. Williamson, and Robert B. Wilson
  • Sources of Press Operating Budgets:
Bar graph showing sources of operating budgets (e.g., book sales, journal and publishing services, etc.)
Data shown in USD; reported by 62 participating US and Canadian members of the Association.
Source: Schmelzinger, Kimberly. The Association of University Presses Annual Operating Statistics 2016 through 2019, February 2020.
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  • 69% of Carnegie R1 institutions (90 of 131) host or support, through a system or consortia, a member press
  • 78% of AAU member institutions—51 major research universities located in the US and Canada—host, or support through systems or consortia, a member press
  • 81 major research institutions in the US and Canada can boast both an ARL member library and an AUPresses member press

Most recent update: October 2020


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