Melbourne University Publishing will diversify delivery, launching a digital open access list in October.
Ten books are scheduled for this year, expanding to 50 per annum in three years. The list will focus on the disciplines where the university has the strongest academic standing, defined as “well above world standard,” in the Australian Research Council’s Excellence for Research in Australia, plus international discipline rankings.
The ARC rates UniMelb tops in physical sciences, chemistry, environmental science, computing science, engineering, medicine, education, economics, commerce, law, history. However, it is likely that the list will focus on humanities disciplines, where research is published more in monographs than journals.