On Thursday 26 May 2016 we celebrated our 45th anniversary with a festive reception at the Irish College in Leuven. Marike Schipper also took this opportunity to say goodbye as director of Leuven University Press. In her ten years as director she has shaped the Press to the academic publishing house of high-quality and with international standing it is today.
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.
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.