Why Publish a Journal with the University of Pennsylvania Press?

Established Publishing History. Originally incorporated with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1890, the imprint of the University of Pennsylvania Press first appeared on publications at the close of the nineteenth century. Since that time, the Press has published more than 900 titles including such influential works as W.E.B. DuBois’s 1899, The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study. Today the Press continues the tradition of excellence producing upwards of 100 new books annually, covering a range of disciplines that embody the ideals Ben Franklin espoused when he founded the University of Pennsylvania - to provide an education that marries the theoretical with the practical. Specialty program areas include European history, anthropology, studio arts, American history, Jewish studies, landscape architecture, literary studies, and business, economics, and law, especially international human rights issues.

Dedicated Publishing Team. Managing recurring periodicals requires a group of experienced and knowledgeable staff to oversee the day-to-day production and business needs of each title. The University of Pennsylvania Press has assembled a dedicated full-time journals publication team to manage these needs and processes as well as provide support and assistance to journal editorial staff. Combining expertise in areas of editorial and business, the Press’s staff is on hand to help our publishing partners devise new ideas and strategies that will drive growth and refine established processes. In addition to a dedicated journals staff, the Press has an experienced team of acquisitions editors, in-house design, editing, and production staff, marketing and permissions team, and a business management group working collaboratively to produce books and journals of superior quality. On the sales front, Press representatives call on thousands of wholesalers and retail bookstores throughout the country and around the world.


Editorial Services. The Press offers Scholastica, a sophisticated web-enabled database-driven manuscript submission and peer-review system, to all editorial offices. This system makes it possible for editorial office staff to conduct all of their business online. Journal sponsors nonetheless retain responsibility for solicitation, review, and acceptance of manuscripts; communicating with authors; substantive editing; obtaining permissions for and acquisition in reproducible form any illustrative material to accompany articles; submission to the Press of clean electronic files. The Press provides editing for grammar, punctuation, and formal style, unless editorial offices also retain this function, and marks copy for typesetting.

Production Services. Penn Press takes responsibility for seeing every journal issue through production and for typesetting and printing, including scheduling and control of typesetting, handling of master typesetting proofs; proofreading; scheduling and control of printing and mailing, and arranging payment for these services. As deemed necessary or desirable, the Press creates new cover designs and efficient page formats in consultation with journal editors and others concerned. The Press solicits competitive estimates from printers and establishes procedures and schedules for handling copy and proofs.

Copyright and Permissions. With necessary exceptions, all material published in Penn Press journals are copyrighted in the name of the journal sponsors. Requests for reprinting are managed by the Press, in part using house-standard contracts and permissions fees. The Press also has arrangements with CCC, a clearinghouse for copyrighted material, which uses a fee based on the number of copies made over a given period of time.

Subscription Fulfillment. Penn Press takes responsibility for servicing all orders, dispatching journal issues, maintaining subscriber lists, sending out renewal notices, collecting payments, and dealing with claims and inquiries. The Press maintains records of subscriber names and addresses, along with payment information. Subscriber records are updated regularly, and status reports on circulation are produced semiannually or upon request. Sponsors may obtain printouts of subscriber lists or labels also on request.

Electronic Delivery. At the direction of the journal sponsors, the Press arranges for electronic distribution through one or more of the available electronic aggregators such as Project MUSE, JSTOR, EBSCO and ProQuest.

Single Copy Sales. The Press manages the purchase of single issues, current and back. Discounts will be made available for bulk purchase. The Press promotes sales to bookstores and provides an adequate system of inventory for published issues, so that orders for current or back issues can be filled promptly.

Promotion. For all of its journals the Press undertakes vigorous promotional campaigns, targeted at individuals as well as institutions. All aspects of promotion are handled by the Press, including direct mail and email campaigns directed at potential subscribers worldwide each year. Announcement of Penn Press journals are carried in the Press's semiannual catalogue, sent to more than 15,000 libraries, stores, jobbers, and wholesalers in North American and around the world. The Press places advertisements in program announcements and in other journals and print media.

Advertising. Advertising rate cards are updated regularly, and the Press solicits advertising from likely--and appropriate--sources (e.g., by combining the sending of book review tear sheets with advertising solicitations), including exchange ads. The Press also promotes its journals by placing ads in relevant journals published elsewhere and in program ads for exhibits attended by the Press.

Conference Display. Journals are featured at appropriate exhibits throughout the year, and, as appropriate, the Press also arranges the distribution of promotional materials and/or the stuffing of participant folders at conferences. With the advent of the COVID-19 virus conferences are now virtual and the Press has developed microsites to partner with conference organizers to showcase our journals online.

The Press publishes journals under a wide variety of contractual and ownership arrangements. We are flexible and always amenable to new partnerships. Please contact us at journals@pobox.upenn.edu.