Amsterdam University Press Response to COVID-19
Measures in Place
With staff based in the Netherlands, the UK and the US, like many, the majority of us continue to work from home. Even before the start of the pandemic, home-working was not an entirely new experience for some of us and we're fortunate that most operational aspects of the Press continue to allow for this type of flexibility. While our main telephone number is contactable, we recommend emailing to ensure that you reach the correct member of staff swiftly. Find our email addresses here: https://www.aup.nl/en/about/staff.
Important Update: Global Supply Chain Disruption
The AUP print book programme is affected by the widely reported global supply chain issues and localised pandemic-related disruption. There are two crucial factors involved: the worldwide paper shortage and staffing shortage in the supply chain.
With the increase of online orders during the pandemic, paper is being prioritised for boxes and packaging materials, but sadly not for producing books. In the world of distribution, Amazon is also taking priority over practically all other suppliers. On top of this, there are extreme staffing shortages in retail and distribution services that are struggling to hire warehouse and transportation workers.
Our printing and distribution partners are working around the clock to try and smooth out these issues and the resulting delays. There is an approximate 8-12 week delay from the point that a book is sent to the printer to worldwide availability.
It is important to realise that none of this applies to our eBook programme. We are ensuring that eBooks continue to publish as scheduled.
These are exceptional times, and we thank you for your patience and understanding.
- BookBrunch: IPS UK MD and Senior Vice President, Content Acquisition International, Ingram Content Group, David Taylor on distribution disruption (October 2021).
- New York Times: Book Publishing Supply Chain Delays (October 2021).
- Vox: The great book shortage of 2021, explained (October 2021):
Review Copies, Coronavirus and Brexit
We continue to monitor the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit on the distribution supply chain and our review copy policy. Effective February 1st 2021, our distributor Ingram Publisher Services UK (based in the UK), ships to the EU under DAP incoterms, which means it is the recipient's responsibility to clear customs and pay any relevant taxes.
The ongoing pressures caused by this mean that we will, in the first instance, offer digital review copies to reviewers based in the EU. We have worked hard to find a solution for cases when reviewers require a physical review copy. While we can attempt to mitigate the risks of customs charging for non-commercial packages, there is no way for AUP or our distributor to ensure that accepting packages in the EU will be free of these charges.
If a journal has commissioned a reviewer who requires a physical copy, please make this known in your email request so that we can work on a case by case basis. Keep an eye on our review copy policy here: https://www.aup.nl/en/sales/review-or-inspection-copy.
Last year, the majority of conferences were either cancelled, postponed or transitioned to virtual environments. In 2021, this trend continues and we are anticipating that most conferences will continue in a virtual format. Last year, we successfully moved to exhibiting our books virtually with a discount and started to collaborate with conference organisers and make use of their offers with virtual exhibit features. We will soon be finalising the list of virtual conferences we will be attending and exhibiting at this year. Keep an eye on this page, on social media and our newsletters.
News and Further Support
Amsterdam University Press Socially Distanced OA Reading List
We have collected some of our Open Access books and journal articles for a Socially Distanced OA Reading List on subjects that are informative and related to the world's ongoing collective experiences of the pandemic:
- Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death, Monica H. Green (ed.) (Arc Humanities Press, 2015) - Download
- Leeuwenhoek's Legatees and Beijerinck's Beneficiaries: A History of Medical Virology in The Netherlands, Gerard van Doornum, Ton van Helvoort, and Neeraja Sankaran (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) - Download
- Body, Capital, and Screens: Visual Media and the Healthy Self in the 20th Century, Christian Bonah and Anja Laukötter (eds) (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) - Download
- Digital Media Practices in Households: Kinship through Data, Larissa Hjorth et al. (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) - Download
- "De voor- en nadelen van verplicht thuiswerken tijdens de lockdown", Marc van Veldhoven & Marco van Gelder. In Tijdschrift voor HRM, 2020, 23-3, pp. 66-90(25) - Lees online
- Data Visualization in Society, Martin Engebretsen, Helen Kennedy (eds) (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) - Download
- Screen Space Reconfigured, Susanne Saether, Synne Tollerud Bull (eds) (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) - Download
- Mobile Mapping: Space, Cartography and the Digital, Clancy Wilmott (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) - Download
- Engines of Order: A Mechanology of Algorithmic Techniques, Bernhard Rieder (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) - Download
- The Politics of Social Media Manipulation, Richard Rogers, Sabine Niederer (eds) (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) - Download
- Violence and Trolling on Social Media: History, Affect, and Effects of Online Vitriol, Sara Polak, Daniel Trottier (eds) (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) - Download
- Social Movements and Solidarity Structures in Crisis-Ridden Greece, Haris Malamidis (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) - Download
- The Aesthetics of Global Protest: Visual Culture and Communication, Aidan McGarry, Itir Erhart, Hande Eslen-Ziya, Olu Jenzen, and Umut Korkut (eds) (Amsterdam University Press, 2019) - Download
- The Playful Citizen: Civic Engagement in a Mediatized Culture, René Glas, Sybille Lammes, Michiel de Lange, Joost Raessens, Imar de Vries (eds) (Amsterdam University Press, 2019) - Download
- Emerging Socialities in 21st Century Healthcare, Bernhard Hadolt and Anita Hardon (eds) (Amsterdam University Press, 2017) - Download
#RaiseUP Enter the Ghost: Haunted Media Ecologies by Paula Albuquerque
An AUP blog post written by Paula Albuquerque for University Press Week 2020, on her current art project exploring surveillance, Covid-19 and the bias inherent in datasets that train AI systems. Read the piece here.
Updated: November 2021