Liverpool University Press has become the inaugural university press partner of The Conversation UK, an independent source of news and views sourced from university academics and researchers, in a partnership LUP is calling the first of its kind.
Launched in the UK in 2013, The Conversation aims to improve the quality of public debate by bringing new research and the expertise of university academics to a broad audience. It is said to have reached a readership of 110 million in 2017-18, with a platform "free of commercial or political bias".
The LUP partnership means the press can help its authors boost the impact of their work through The Conversation's explanatory journalism, providing access to The Conversation’s editorial team and opportunities for LUP authors to provide their expertise to The Conversation's readers worldwide.
Anthony Cond, LUP m.d., said: "Working with The Conversation UK will present our book and journal authors with the opportunity to amplify their research, raising awareness of their publications with LUP but also making the most of the opportunity to spread their ideas and put them on a pathway to impact. They will also benefit from The Conversation's robust analytics to track engagement with their articles."
Chris Waiting, chief executive of the Conversation UK, added: "To date our partners have been universities: collaboration with university presses, widely recognised for their commitment to publishing high quality scholarship, fits well with our aim of bringing academic expertise to a broader audience. We are delighted to work with Liverpool University Press, an imprint that exemplifies modern university press values and the access to quality information that The Conversation delivers."