Happy Birthday Edinburgh University Press!

‘2018 was a milestone year for us – we published 200 new books for the first time and reached £3 million in revenue for the first time.’

This year, Edinburgh University Press celebrates 70 years of exceptional publishing. They tell us their story by crunching some numbers . . .


  • Founded in 1949, we are among the leading academic publishers in the UK, rooted within one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished centres of learning.
  • Our 2 homes – in 2014 we relocated from our long-term residence at George Square to The Tun at the bottom of the Royal Mile. With more space to grow (and easy access to Arthur’s Seat) it’s been an excellent move for the business.

  • We’re multiplying! Investment in staff to expand our publishing programme and outreach has led us to grow from 26 people in 2009 to 39 in 2019. Combined, our current team have worked at EUP for a mammoth 385 years.

  • 2018 was a milestone year for us – we published 200 new books for the first time and reached £3 million in revenue for the first time.
  • Our 70 years of publishing have produced over 2,300 journal issues, 22,000 articles and over 10,000 book reviews
  • From Singapore to Gdansk and Chicago to…Preston, this year our editors and marketers will be travelling to 46 conferences in 13 different countries.
  • Our longest running journal is Archives of Natural History – first started in 1936 and published by us since 2008.
  • We are proud to put our authors at the centre of all we do – with 5 key commitments:

 1. Exceptional communication: authors know what’s happening at each stage of their project’s development, with a named contact in every department.
 2. A flexible approach to publishing: open access, colour images, multiple languages – we will explore various format options to find the best fit for each project.
 3. Adapting to address academic needs: we now publish every monograph as a paperback within two years of the hardback release, ensuring our scholarship is accessible and affordable.
 4. Producing the highest-quality scholarship: all EUP research undergoes a rigorous peer-review process to gain insightful feedback, inspire discussion and strengthen projects before     publication.
 5. Collaborating to reach a global audience: we work with international sales teams, ebook partners, librarians and bookshops to guarantee our research is discoverable and makes an   impact all over the world.

  • This year we’ll be reintroducing some of our bestselling gems from the archive that have made a lasting impact on research and teaching. Here are 10 of our favourites:
  1. Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents. Edited by Vassiliki Kolocotroni, Jane A. Goldman and Olga Taxidou
  2. The Cultural Politics of Emotion. By Sara Ahmed
  3. Introducing Sociolinguistics. By Rajend Mesthrie, Joan Swann, Ana Deumert and William Leap
  4. Assemblage Theory. By Manuel DeLanda
  5. The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives. By Carole Hillenbrand
  6. From Pictland to Alba, 789-1070. By Alex Woolf
  7. Recovering Scotland’s Slavery Past: The Caribbean Connection. Edited by Tom M. Devine
  8. Film Genre: Hollywood and Beyond. By Barry Langford
  9. Scottish Education. Edited by T. G. K. Bryce, W. M. Humes, D. Gillies and A. Kennedy
  10. The End of the Roman Republic 146 to 44 BC: Conquest and Crisis. By Catherine Steel
  • 35 bottles of prosecco – the amount we expect to imbibe during our 70th birthday summer party (a glass must be raised for every year – plus some for luck obviously!).

So what does our future hold? Over to Nicky and Sarah, our heads of editorial for books and journals:

‘Our books programme continues to go from strength to strength: we’ll be publishing around 250 new books next year across our 9 subject areas, and our team of 8 commissioning editors will be working hard to bring another 300 or so new authors into the EUP family. Highlights for the next year include The Edinburgh Companion to the Gothic and the Arts, the beautifully-illustrated Nile: Urban Histories on the Banks of a River, an edition of Walter Scott’s Shorter Poems and a revamped edition of our classic text The Making of Classical Edinburgh.’ – Nicola Ramsey, Head of Books

‘Our journals list continues to expand and is now approaching 50 titles. We are delighted to launch two new journals in 2020: Crime Fiction Studies, which fills a much-needed gap in crime fiction as an academic subject area and supports our expansive list in Literary Studies, and Global Energy Law & Sustainability, an international journal dedicated to research in energy law and policy which boosts our Law offering.’ – Sarah McDonald, Head of Journals

And we at BooksfromScotland raise a glass to another 70 years!

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