The ANU Press was established in 2003 and officially launched in 2004 to explore and enable new modes of scholarly publishing. It was Australia's first fully open access scholarly press.
It has two main areas of activity:
Publishing monographs and journals to encourage the dissemination of high quality peer reviewed research by ANU academics through the ANU Press, eView and eText imprints.
Managing publication support schemes including the Publication Subsidy Fund and the ANU eTEXT Grant Scheme.
The Press is a unit within the Scholarly Information Services Division.
With changes in the assessment of research quality and research impact in Australia, the development of new technology and the reaching of its 13th anniversary, it was timely to review the Press to assist in establishing directions for the next decade and understanding its contribution to increasing the impact of authors.
The review terms were to:
Assess the quality and impact of publications produced by the ANU Press, having particular regard to:
International and national citations
Differences between monograph and journal impact measurement
Comparative assessment of the publishing profile and reputation of relevant national and international University Presses
Consider and make recommendations on ANU Press' achievements and its role in contributing to the University's strategic objectives, including in relation to engagement in public policy and response to changing trends in use and format of resources in university education
Make recommendations on the Press' future activities and how these might relate to the University's strategic priorities
Consider and make recommendations on Press' administration, systems and governance structure and its relationships with other areas of the University.
The review was undertaken in July 2016 and the final report submitted to the University Librarian and members of the Executive in September 2016.