Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press
Parent companyUniversity of Oxford
Founded1586 (1586)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationOxford, England
Key peopleNigel Portwood
(Secretary to the Delegates and CEO)[1]
Publication typesAcademic journals, books, sheet music
No. of employees6,000
Official websiteglobal.oup.com

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the university press of the University of Oxford. It is the largest university press in the world. The first book was printed in Oxford in 1478, with the Press officially granted the legal right to print books by decree in 1586.[2] It is the second oldest university press after Cambridge University Press, which was founded in 1534.[3][4][5]

It is a department of the University of Oxford. It is governed by a group of 15 academics, the Delegates of the Press, appointed by the vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford. The Delegates of the Press are led by the Secretary to the Delegates, who serves as OUP's chief executive and as its major representative on other university bodies. Oxford University Press has had a similar governance structure since the 17th century.[6] The press is located on Walton Street, Oxford, opposite Somerville College, in the inner suburb of Jericho.

For the last 400 years, OUP has focused primarily on the publication of pedagogical texts and continues this tradition today by publishing academic journals, dictionaries, English language resources, bibliographies, books on Indology, music, classics, literature, history, as well as bibles and atlases.

OUP has offices worldwide, primarily in locations once part of the British Empire.

  1. ^ "Secretaries to the Delegates of the Press (1868–present)". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  2. ^ "A Short History of Oxford University Press". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  3. ^ Balter, Michael (16 February 1994). "400 Years Later, Oxford Press Thrives". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  4. ^ "About Oxford University Press". OUP Academic. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  5. ^ "A Brief History of the Press". Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  6. ^ Carter p. 137

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