Goldsmiths to launch 'inventive' university press

Goldsmiths to launch 'inventive' university press

Goldsmiths, University of London is preparing to launch Goldsmiths Press, a new university press built on digital-first publishing, and interested in unconventional projects traditionally excluded by publishers.

Goldsmiths Press director Sarah Kember, professor of new technologies of communication, told The Bookseller: "We want to create a culture around academic knowledge practices that is more inventive and less constrained than it is now." She said the Press would reflect Goldsmiths' strengths in theory, practice and performance, adding: "We care far more about content than platforms and will look for the best ways to publish any particular piece of work."

The Press, which is being developed with the help of publishing consultant Adrian Driscoll, is currently inviting proposals for short or mid-length monographs, as well as short book and pamphlet series, and is interested in audio, visual and/or performance work, creative and life writing, poetry, fiction and non-fiction, as well as "thought-in-action, provisional or process-capturing work" such as briefs, scripts, blogs, storyboards, notebooks, essays, clips and previews. It is also interested in non-standard modes and forms of communication, such as an article in the form of a comic or graphic novel. "We have a particular interest in projects that are ordinarily overlooked or excluded by traditional academic publishers," the Press said on its website.

Although digital-first, and publishing e-books, apps and info graphics, the Press will also publish printed books.

Kember said the Press will "combine green open access with a fair and varied pricing model in order to avoid the exploitation of authors as well as readers, creators as well as users". She added: "We hope to appeal to postgraduates through a combination of content, format and price and will involve them in the press as decision-makers. While serving the academic community, The Goldsmiths Press will explore the many ways in which the college can increase its reach to a wider public."

One forthcoming title has thus far been announced: The Academic Diary by Goldsmiths sociology professor Les Back. The book is described thus: "Written in the form of a chronicle, this book is comprised of a series of short essays that take the form of diary entries. Each reflects the seasons of faculty existence….Organised into three main seasons – autumn, spring and summer – the book tries to chronicle a sense of passing but repeated time in a life of learning."

Proposals can be be emailed to goldsmithspress@gold.ac.uk, with formal submission guidelines set to follow in coming months.

Goldsmiths Press will launch formally later this year.

University College London revived UCL Press on a fully open access model earlier this year.