Established in 1971, Leuven University Press is proud to celebrate its 45th anniversary this year! The world of scholarly communication is in transition and academic publishing is facing fundamental changes. New and online distribution channels, electronic books and journals, and changing user needs disrupt traditional business models and force us to innovate time and again. On its 45th birthday director Marike Schipper is proud to say that Leuven University Press has stood its ground and adapted fast and adequately.
Publishing 40 new titles a year Leuven University Press has established over the years a solid active backlist of over 600 academic titles. On the occasion of our 45th anniversary we are proud to highlight 45 bestselling and notable publications from our recent backlist. These include textbooks, monographs, and edited volumes in a broad range of fields from music, art & theory, text & literature, history & archaeology, philosophy & religion to society, law & economics.
In January 2015 Leuven University Press (Belgium) successfully launched its first publication in Open Access. Glass Making in the Greco-Roman World edited by Patrick Degryse was downloaded 669 times in at least 61 different countries during the first two months of its appearance. The press also sold a few dozen copies of the paper edition in hardback during the same period. Response to the research and the way it was published has been positive throughout.