Professional & Scholarly Publishing

Enabling the communication and dissemination of new ideas and discoveries that drive innovation.

Supporting Excellence and Innovation in Professional and Scholarly Communities

AAP’s Professional & Scholarly Publishing (PSP) division is guided by its commitment to advancing quality scholarship that is validated through peer review, curated, and made available worldwide to inspire innovative ideas and cutting-edge research. Our members publish the vast majority of books, journals, software, databases, and other digital content that are used by scholars and professionals in science, medicine, technology, business, law, and the social sciences and humanities, and are leaders in promoting public access policies that benefit science and society. We deepen members’ knowledge of industry issues, monitor and alert members to key government policies, and offer ways to influence policy through the work of our Executive Council and six PSP committees.

 

Advocacy

Events

  • PSP Annual Conference: Held in Washington D.C. and focusing on the most topical issues of concern to the PSP community
  • PSP Pre-Conference: A seminar on the latest in digital publishing; held prior to the late afternoon kick-off of our annual conference
  • PROSE Awards: Recognizes distinguished professional and scholarly books, journals, and digital content in over 40 categories
  • PSP Basics Book Boot Camp: An annual one-day seminar for people with fewer than three years’ experience with professional, scholarly, and academic book publishing
  • Journals Reboot: A biennial three-day intensive course on journal publishing for junior and mid-level staff
  • Guest Speakers: Presentations at PSP committee meetings on topical issues; open to everyone
  • PSP Learn, Connect, Grow Talks: Free, ongoing afternoon/evening discussions and networking on a wide range of topics designed for people new to scholarly publishing
  • Digital Publishing Seminars/Webinars: An ongoing series sponsored by the PSP Committee on Digital Innovation
  • Capitol Hill Day: An AAP event that brings together publishing leaders, including PSP members, with Congressional members and their staffs to discuss industry issues

For all upcoming AAP events, visit Programs & Events.

Resources and Communications

Initiatives

PSP supports several PSP-relevant initiatives sponsored by other organizations

  • Chicago Collaborative: Established in 2008 to promote open communication and education among stakeholders in scholarly scientific communication
  • CHORUS: A model for providing public access to published content that reports on grant-funded research
  • patientACCESS: Provides patients and their caregivers with low-cost access to peer-reviewed research articles
  • patientINFORM: A collaboration with voluntary health organizations, provides patients and their caregivers with free access to reliable research about the diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases
  • Publishing Research Consortium: Promotes evidence-based discussion by supporting research into global issues that have an impact on scholarly communication