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Letter from the Director

October 31, 2013

Authored by: John Donatich, Director of Yale University Press

In a day when new business models and competing digital platforms proliferate at a dizzying pace, we at Yale University Press could not be more pleased than to launch a partnership with Oxford University Press.  

We believe that our content across the humanities, social sciences and physical sciences will find a congenial and productive home among the other presses hosted on the site. In a day and age in which data and information propogates wildly online, we need more than ever a reliable source of carefully curated content written by scholars and peer reviewed by academic experts. Libraries and the patrons they serve need a reliable source and business mechanism to acquire that vetted content. And we all know that the key, core factors for books of discoverability, patron usage and citations can only be enhanced once aggregated on a site that has the riches and breadth of UPSO.

By publishing serious works that contribute to a global understanding of human affairs, Yale University Press aids in the discovery and dissemination of light and truth, lux et veritas, which is a central purpose of Yale University. We have been publishing monographs for over a century and have become a trusted resource for scholarly content in a range of subjects including history, religion, economics, music, literature, law, political science, environmental and life sciences. We launch Yale Scholarship Online with 375 titles in 11 subjects.

As much as the publishing world is transforming, I still believe that the achievement of the book — that intellectual activity of mastering a subject, synthesizing research, moving that field along, marshaling grand arguments in search of a new, paradigmatic theory and presenting all of that in a seamless, progressive narrative — all of it is uniquely served and empowered by the book.  Whether the book is digital or print is immaterial.  But the project must go on.

John Donatich,
Director, Yale University Press