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Oxford University Press is committed to empowering academic communities around the world through disseminating quality publishing in research and scholarship. In 2016, the Press published more than 2,233 academic titles across 45 languages, and achieved more than 200 million downloads of its online academic and journals content.

Academic Overview

This year market conditions continued to challenge academic and research publishers. Libraries continue to make evidence-based purchasing decisions, with their budgets growing very slowly. Higher Education (HE) rental models are growing in popularity, and there is an increasing demand from funders for Open Access or Open Educational Resources. Online piracy remains a significant threat in the academic market, and publishers continue to invest heavily in digital offerings to meet evolving user expectations. Despite these factors, the Press’s academic publishing achieved a solid turnover increase, with the academic book business returning to growth.

Advancements in data science, artificial intelligence, and the growing use of analytics tools have heightened focus on the needs of the academic researcher in the past year. In particular, there has been a notable growth of preprint servers—digital collections of academic manuscripts awaiting publication—and experiments in academic self-publishing. Technological developments have created new opportunities to expand into the global licensing and developer market where lexical data is in demand and big tech companies have a growing need for more sophisticated tools and data across multiple languages. In 2016, OUP entered a new agreement with Google, extended its relationship with Apple to include additional languages, and expanded into areas such as natural language processing as a result of dictionary and data licensing deals and renewals.

As the Press seeks to maximize the reach and impact of its resources, the focus for the future will be on maintaining the quality and integrity of its products and embracing the full potential of digital technology.

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