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Oxford opens monograph platform to university presses worldwide

Oxford opens monograph platform to university presses worldwide

03 October 2011

Oxford University Press today launched an online platform that will house the monograph content of other university presses.

University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) allows university presses across the world to take advantage of a renowned Oxford platform to host their monograph content.

Five universities in three continents are already hosting their content on the platform, which is based on OUP’s Oxford Scholarship Online, and further presses are scheduled to join in 2012.

Oxford Scholarship Online was launched in 2003 to immediate acclaim. It is now available in 60 per cent of research libraries, providing a fully-functional XML system with cutting edge search and discovery functionality.

By using a single system, UPSO streamlines the research process—making disparately published monographs easily accessible, highly discoverable, and fully cross-searchable via one online platform. This means that research which would have previously required users to jump between a variety of books, and disconnected websites, can now be concentrated through a single search engine.

The first phase of content from participating partner presses includes Fordham University Press, The American University in Cairo, The University Press of Kentucky; University Press of Florida, and Hong Kong University Press.  Edinburgh University Press and Policy Press are just two of a number of additional presses planned for a March 2012 update.

Tim Barton, Managing Director of Global Academic Publishing for Oxford University Press, said: “University Press Scholarship Online represents a convenient, dynamic step forward for ensuring that scholarly content from many venerable presses across the globe is conveniently searchable and accessible via one platform to the academic community worldwide,”

Michael Duckworth, Publisher at Hong Kong University Press, said: “Hong Kong University Press is thrilled to join with OUP in this initiative to engage scholars and librarians where they live, and how they want to engage new knowledge most efficiently. UPSO’s flexible partnership mentality, combined with its insistence on rigorous quality control and its commitment to extend its imprint to build a broader platform of excellence, is exactly right for Asia now.”

Find out more about University Press Scholarship Online at http://www.universitypressscholarship.com/