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Sheikh Zayed Book Award Opens Submissions for 19th Edition

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is one of the world’s leading prizes dedicated to Arabic literature and culture. Since 2006, the Award has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding work by authors, translators, publishers, and organisations around the world.

The Award does not only recognise major literary and cultural achievements, but also aims to boost the publishing industry. 2018 saw the launch of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s Translation Grant to help produce more quality Arabic books that are translated, published and distributed outside the Arab World.

This year, the Award is receiving submissions across 10 categories: Literature, Translation, Contribution to the Development of Nations, Arab Culture in Other Languages, Children’s Literature, Editing of Arabic Manuscripts, Literary and Art Criticism, Young Author, Cultural Personality of the Year, and Publishing and Technology.

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, organised by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), is now welcoming submissions to its 19th edition from May until 1 September 2024.

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Getting to know each other: Radboud University Press

The AEUP would mean nothing without you, our members. Since the beginning in 2010, new members have been joining each year, and this year marks a significant milestone as we welcome our 50th member. Yay! With this occasion, we are launching a new blog series titled “Getting to Know Each Other,” because that is precisely why AEUP exists: For university presses across Europe, our mission is to foster connections and cooperation. And what better way to achieve this than by sharing stories, experiences, and insights from our members?

With “Getting to Know Each Other,” we invite you to join us on a journey of discovery as we spotlight the individual presses that comprise our community. Through a couple of questions and a glimpse at their book covers that reflect the essence of each member, we aim to celebrate the unique contributions and perspectives that collectively form our association.

So, let’s kick off this exciting series by getting acquainted with our newest member, Radboud University Press. Our questions were answered by Elisabeth Elbers, Managing Editor. Thank you and welcome aboard!

Can you present your press, its history and mission?

Radboud University Press was founded in 2021 at Radboud University, one of the leading universities worldwide. We are a Diamond Open Access publisher of high-quality academic peer-reviewed books, textbooks, series, and journals across a wide range of disciplines. Meeting the highest academic standards is our primary goal. Our mission is to make scientific knowledge more freely accessible worldwide by making high-quality publications affordable for writers and their audiences.

Additionally PhD candidates pursuing their doctorates at Radboud University can publish their dissertations with Radboud University Press as part of the Radboud Dissertation Series. Please see for more information. 

What are your expectations from AEUP and how do you wish to contribute to the future of institutional publishing in Europe? 

We were interested in joining AEUP because we feel that we can learn a great deal from our colleagues across Europe. We share many similar struggles and challenges that we can overcome and solve together. Happy to contribute our experience as well. And looking forward to meeting our international colleagues at the annual conference! Thanks for welcoming us as the 50th member. 

If you were to choose only three of all you published titles as representatives of your press, what titles would you choose?

Journal Ecclesial Futures
Water. A Dutch Cultural History by Lotte Jensen
Foundations of General Relativity. From Einstein to Black Holes by Klaas Landsman

Ready for 2024 in academic publishing?

With the New Year just over a month away, you may be starting to think about which professional events and conferences you will be attending this year. To help you keep track and make your decisions easier, we do our best to keep you up to date on Conferences & other events of interest page.
Of the upcoming events we recommend you to visit a workshop “The road towards Diamond Open Access” taking place on 12th of April at the Swansea University, United Kingdom. The workshop will address institutional leaders interested in learning approaches and strategies for supporting non-commercial, scholar-led publishing initiatives in their institutions. Elements for future recommendations and guidelines on Diamond Open Access for institutional leaders will also be used as a basis to steer discussions. The outcomes of the workshop will help the DIAMAS project partners to further develop policy advocacy and capacity building activities and will support EUA in implementing its Open Science Agenda 2025.
Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to meet AEUP representatives who will present the AEUP perspective on the transition to Open Access at the Operas Conference in Zadar, Croatia. The conference will take place from 24 to 26 April and we are looking forward to see you there!

(If you know about a conference or event that is not listed and should be, please let us know at Thank you!)

Season’s Greetings

The year 2023 – a year full of new experiences and productive work – has come to an end. Now, it is time to relax and spend some time with your family and friends. The AEUP would like to wish you a peaceful holiday season and we look forward to more creative collaborations in the New Year.

AEUP Annual Meeting 2023

2023 is slowly coming to an end. It has been a busy year for AEUP. We organised our 3rd conference and signed a contract with ScienceOpen to run our catalogue. Before we all go and relax with our families in the Christmas atmosphere, let’s get together once again for the Annual Members Meeting and discuss the future direction of the Association.

Please save the date: this year’s annual all members meeting of the AEUP will take place on Thursday November 23rd from 3 PM to 5 PM CET online. The link to the meeting as well as an agenda will follow soon. 

For now plase save the date and let us know if there is anything you want to discuss with other member presses and guests. 

Reflections on the 3rd AEUP Conference “Publishing in Nervous Times”

The 3rd AEUP Conference, held in Tallinn, Estonia, brought together publishing professionals, academics and experts to explore the challenges and opportunities facing institutional publishing. In this blog post, we offer a glimpse into the engaging discussions and thought-provoking presentations that took place, as well as a summary of key highlights and insights from the conference.

Setting the stage

Since the last AEUP conference, the world has seen a global pandemic and a war raging on the borders of some of our members’ home countries, the likes of which Europe hasn’t seen in 70 years. But it is not only in international relations that we are experiencing these nervous times and great changes. We are also living in a time when technological change is so rapid that it is sometimes difficult to keep up.

The aim of the conference was not only to discuss how the current rapid scientific, technological, political and security developments are affecting institutional publishing, but above all to provide a platform to do so in a very profound, personal and un-nervous way. So we started with an exciting concept of a ‘walkshop’, where participants engaged in conversations while walking and sightseeing. This innovative approach, which is sure to become a new tradition at future AEUP events, encouraged participants to explore relevant topics in a relaxed and immersive environment.

Exploring scientific integrity and the “AI situation”

The first day of the conference opened with a keynote address by Frances Pinter. She highlighted the importance of sustainable open access business models and suggested a combination of old and new approaches in a compelling talk on scientific integrity in institutional publishing. Pinter’s message was one of experimentation and co-operation with parent institutions and libraries as a means of progress and innovation.

Sarah Eaton of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) considered the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for research integrity and scholarly publishing. Acknowledging concerns about the future of scholarly communication in the “AI era”, Eaton emphasised that AI is a tool that, if used effectively, can improve various aspects of the publishing process. From editing and proofreading to peer review and translation, AI has the potential to be immensely helpful.

How to reach technical maturity?

The second day got a little more technological. Pierre Mounier’s keynote was an exploration of the journey to technical maturity in the publishing industry. Drawing an analogy between a book and a spoon, Mounier highlighted the enduring nature of the book and delved into the evolution of technical advances in the field. He emphasised that only shared technology can truly be mature and stressed the importance of open infrastructure and open science.

The conference provided an appropriate opportunity for the AEUP Board to launch a new partnership between the AEUP and ScienceOpen. This collaboration represents a major step forward for AEUP. It will enable AEUP member presses to increase the visibility and accessibility of their publications through ScienceOpen’s platform. This strategic move reaffirms AEUP’s commitment to promoting scholarly communication by opening up new avenues for the dissemination of scholarly work.

The “Tartu satellite event”

The participants were invited to the University Library of the University of Tartu, one of the oldest in the Baltic States. As well as getting to know Estonia and its people, this enabled them to gain a better understanding of the Estonian system for scientific assessment and the challenges faced by Estonian libraries and publishers of scholarly literature. As expected, these problems are not very different from those faced by other members of the Association in their daily work. Networking, joint problem solving, and mutual inspiration are the reasons why individual publishers join our association.

Wrapping up

The conference “Publishing in Nervous Times” wasn’t nervous at all, nor was it large in terms of the number of participants. It was, however, extensive in terms of the variety of topics it covered, from sustainable open access models to the role of AI in publishing. It provided valuable insights and inspiration for participants. The conference not only sparked meaningful discussions, but also paved the way for future events, promising further exploration of emerging trends and challenges in institutional publishing. AEUP remains a vital platform for shaping the future of scholarly communication as it continues to foster collaboration and innovation.

AEUP to create new online catalogue on ScienceOpen

The AEUP Board is proud to announce new cooperation with a view to provide a new catalogue service to our members based on DOIs. This project will promote best practices in metadata generation for optimal digital discovery. Automation technology and support for an attractive, up-to-date catalogue embedded within a global discovery environment of over 85 million records will be provided by our strategic partner, ScienceOpen.

“We are particularly excited about this project because it will showcase the importance of DOIs for books in today’s digital publishing environment and their value for citation tracking and alternative metrics,”

Stephanie Dawson, ScienceOpen CEO

The AEUP aims to increase the visibility of member presses and share knowledge and support about scholarly publishing. ScienceOpen will assist AEUP in their mission of knowledge distribution by providing cutting-edge publishing services and facilitating communication between members of the association and scholarly circles in Europe and beyond.

“AEUP’s collaboration with ScienceOpen enables our members to present the scientific books of their authors and editors within a powerful scientific network such as ScienceOpen. Readers will be able to identify connections among topics, author networks or cited work, no matter whether they show up in books, journals, articles, or other scientific content available at ScienceOpen.”

Margo Bargheer, Chair of AEUP

Many European university presses are at the cutting edge of FAIR and interoperable metadata. However, AEUP members who are not yet depositing DOIs for books and chapters can use the free BookMetaHub metadata management services to easily create Crossref-ready XML files. In addition, ScienceOpen can provide further support and paid services for customers who have specific needs or projects involving book metadata. This collaboration will help AEUP members to increase the digital reach of their publishing programs.

The call for papers is closed

With the submission deadline now passed, the Board is hard at work finalising the conference programme. Those of you who have submitted papers should be hearing from us soon about the status of your submission.

However, there are still slots available for “vignette” presentations. According to ChatGPT, a vignette is “a brief, descriptive scene or account that provides a glimpse or snapshot of a particular situation, person, or event. Vignettes are typically brief and focused, with an emphasis on creating a vivid and memorable impression in the reader’s mind.”

If you’d like to share a vignette with us at the conference, don’t hesitate to contact the committee ( and we’ll see what we can do.

Last Call: Deadline for the Call for Papers for the 3rd AEUP Conference extended

As the conference programme starts to fill up with excellent presentations and vignettes, this is the last call for action: submit your paper before it is too late!

The submission deadline has been extended to Sunday 9 April. It means you have more than a week to submit your abstract. Please send your proposal to We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Find out more about the conference programme here.

Call for Papers: 3rd AEUP Conference “Publishing in Nervous Times”

16–17 May 2023, Tallinn/Tartu, Estonia

Share your insights and challenges around institutional publishing and contribute to the upcoming 3rd AEUP International conference. Our conference aims not only to discuss how current rapid scientific, technological, political and security developments affect institutional publishing but mainly to provide a platform to do so in a very profound, personal and un-nervous way. 

Since the last AEUP conference, the world has experienced a global pandemic and a war raging on the borders of some of our members’ home countries, the likes of which Europe hasn’t seen in 70 years. But it is not only in terms of international relations that we are seeing these nervous times and major changes. We are also currently living in a time when technological changes are so rapid that they are sometimes difficult to keep up with.

Let’s take this opportunity to talk about how institutional publishing can best operate in these nervous times. How can we use the current situation to our advantage, how can we learn from it and how can we withstand the never-ending changes that are coming our way? 

We will have all the time we need to focus on the topics that worry us, for in-depth discussions, for profound networking with peers,  and for a lot of other extra-exchange… 

Program overview

  • Day 0 Monday 15th May (Pre-conference satellite event)

A “walkshop”: “Reflecting on academic publishing in the historic urban environment of the Tallinn old town” rounded with networking and dinner. 

  • Day 1 Tuesday 16th May 

Registration & Welcome

Keynote: Frances Pinter

Presentations & Discussions

Conference dinner

Topic headings for Day 1:

Scientific integrity in institutional publishing

We will discuss questions such as How open are we? How open is it safe to be in nervous times? How to maintain rectitude, publishing ethics, bibliodiversity in challenging times? How to cope with ethics and integrity infringements? How should we deal with AI in publishing, is it a threat to research integrity? How to ensure the best possible peer-review?

Balancing your publishing program with your profile and mission

We will deal with issues such as independence vs. interference (of funders, parent institutions and others), editorial decisions and integrity or policies of different stakeholders (publishers, funders, universities, readers).

  • Day 2 Wednesday 17th May

Keynote: Pierre Mounier 

Presentations & Discussions

Organised transfer to Tartu, Estonia

Topic headings for Day 2:

How to reach technical maturity

We will look at technical aspects of publishing such as persistent identifiers & platforms as well as learn how ongoing projects and initiatives on a European level can help smaller presses.

Visibility, networking and dissemination in the time of global crises

We will discuss the complex issue of visibility from different points of view: What does it mean to be an international publisher? How to get the content to the readers the most effective way and how to ensure that institutional publishing remains financially viable and sustainable? What challenges do publishers face in terms of dissemination?

  • Day 3 Thursday 18th May (Post-conference satellite event in Tartu) 

Visit of the University of Tartu Press, the largest academic press in Estonia

Discussions about library publishing and other topics at the University of Tartu Library


We accept contributions in the form of a presentation (20–30 minutes) or a “vignette” (short case study, 5–10 minutes). Please send us the title and a summary of your presentation (around 3000 characters) or vignette (around 1000 characters) to until 9 April. Please indicate to which of the four topics your contribution belongs. Your contribution is eligible if you are a member of AEUP, a member of a national/regional organisation for university presses or a recognised institutional publisher. We reserve the right to reject contributions from commercial publishers or service providers, especially if the eligible contributions already exceed the available time slots in the conference.  

We are very much looking forward to meeting all of you there! 

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