Academic & Professional


This year, the print-to-digital transition continued in the academic book world. Both OUP and the wider industry saw a further decline in print revenues, with a shift to online and ebooks in Higher Education (HE) publishing and institutional library usage moving towards digital.


The end of the fiscal year was, of course, defined by the global coronavirus pandemic, and we quickly established a coronavirus information hub offering a wide variety of relevant resources. You can read more about our response to coronavirus here.


Other significant highlights from our medical publishing this year, included a new partnership with digital healthcare company Pear Therapeutics to develop The Stress and Mood Management Program for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, and publication of key titles such as the new sixth edition of Oxford Textbook of Medicine, the 12th edition of the Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Board Review, and the 11th edition of The AMA Manual of Style


Oxford Scholarship Online saw 1,200 new titles added bringing its total number to more than 17,000, while site visits approached 20 million in the year. Our most viewed content remained the Open Access Economics title Manufacturing Transformation, which received in excess of 43,000 views.

Important academic translation activity included Folio Culture and Media Co., Ltd agreeing to publish Simplified Chinese versions of 21 titles from our Pivotal Moments in American History series; Alexander Mikaberidze’s The Napoleonic Wars being released in Simplified Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and French; and the translation of Peter Longerich’s biography Hitler: A Life receiving positive reviews across the board.


It was also a year when publishing turned an eye on itself. Lennie Goodings’ A Bite of the Apple offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the history and workings of feminist publisher Virago Press, while Helen Taylor’s Why Women Read Fiction explored contemporary women's reading practices and preferences. Belinda Jack’s Reading: A Very Short Introduction explored the global development and impact of reading, and The Oxford Handbook of Publishing offered an overview of the industry from intellectual property to industry economics and the transformational role of digital publishing.