Professional/Scholarly Publishing

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Members of the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) publish, in print and electronic form, the vast majority of materials produced and used by scholars and professionals in science, medicine, technology, business, law, and the humanities. Division members produce books, journals, computer software, databases and digital content. The nature of the products PSP members produce makes all developments affecting electronic publishing and the National Information Infrastructure of particular interest to the division.

Professional societies and university presses play an important role in the division. The division sponsors educational workshops and seminars on a range of subjects pertaining to professional and scholarly publishing. As part of its commitment to excellence in professional and scholarly publishing, the division sponsors a prestigious annual awards program, only open to AAP and AAUP members.

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The infographic below depicts the $2.3 billion payroll economic impact from the scholarly and scientific publishing workforce. With approximately 38,200 employees in most states, the economic benefit of publishing reaches throughout communities across the U.S.

The study was developed for the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP). It was conducted by the Statistical Research Center (SRC) of the American Institute of Physics, and surveyed publishers that were members of the following organizations: AAP's PSP Division, the DC Principles (a group of non-profit medical and scientific societies and publishers), the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE), and two large commercial publishers that were unaffiliated with any of these groups.

If you have questions or would like to receive a copy of the report, please contact John Tagler, Vice President & Executive Director for the PSP Division of AAP at

Contact PSP Staff:
John Tagler
Vice President & Executive Director

Sara Pinto

Kate Kolendo
Project Manager

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