Professional & Scholarly Publishing

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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.



Educational Programs and Events

  • PSP Annual Conference: Held in Washington D.C. and focusing on the most topical issues of concern to the PSP community
  • 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; offered as a member benefit, open to AAP members only
  • PSP Learn, Connect, Grow Talks: Lunchtime/afternoon discussions and networking on a wide range of topics designed for people new to scholarly publishing; offered as a member benefit, open to AAP members only
  • 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 and PSP events, visit Programs & Events.

Resources and Communications


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
  • Publishing Research Consortium: Promotes evidence-based discussion by supporting research into global issues that have an impact on scholarly communication