In the light of the recent challenges being faced by Amsterdam University Press (AUP), and following consultations with former director Saskia de Vries, the Supervisory Board of AUP has decided that AUP needs to implement managerial changes in order to maintain its position as a leading science publishing house in the 21st century.
The University of Amsterdam considers AUP to be a valuable asset to the university. Former director Saskia de Vries has been the driving force behind AUP for 20 years, and her and her publishing skills and enthusiasm have essentially contributed to making it what it is today: one of the most cutting-edge University Presses in Europe with a strong focus on the potential afforded by Open Access.
These are difficult times for university press publishing, both in terms of subject matter as well as distribution. In addition to a clear vision on future strategies, a new strong business model is needed to develop AUP to its full potential in the coming decades. While the UvA recognises Saskia de Vries’ contribution in bringing AUP to where it stands today, we believe the time has come to implement certain changes to ensure AUP’s continued development.
In order to safeguard the established position AUP holds in academic publishing, we are taking the necessary steps to appoint a new director without delay. He or she will have the full support of the Board to implement the measures needed to lead Amsterdam University Press to a stable future.
For further information, please contact Annelou van Egmond (press officer) via the email address below.