England’s Oxford University Press Is Migrating Its Catalogue to Its Online Platform

In News by Porter Anderson

The move of Oxford University Content to its online portal is a bid to provide ‘streamlined access’ to the publisher’s content.

A search bar and topics list in Oxford Academic’s consumer-facing ‘Very Short Introductions‘ collection, which was launched in 1995. Each title is approximately 35,000 words long. Image: Oxford University Press

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Oxford Academic Is the Press’ Central Hub Online
A migration of Oxford University Press‘ books as well as journals to the online platform Oxford Academic announced Wednesday (August 3) is expected to “further streamline access to high-quality scholarly content,” according to media messaging.

At this point, the company writes, more than 42,000 books and more than 500,000 chapters have been uploaded to the site, which already hosts some 500 journals and roughly 3 million articles.

Last month’s migrations included books from Oxford Scholarship OnlineUniversity Press Scholarship OnlineOxford Handbooks OnlineOxford Medicine OnlineOxford Clinical Psychology, the AMA Manual of Style, and Very Short Introductions.

Information on subscriptions for institutional and single customers is here. Librarians, for example, can use Oxford Academic to check online usage statistics.

As at so many academic and scholarly sites and online hubs, there’s also a centralized repository of coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic information and content on related topics.

While it may seem something that a company as prominent as this in academic publishing would have done before now, the rationale for the move is one that makes sense: the ability to create a one-stop point of access and search for a broad base of high-profile and disparate content.

“By collating core research books and journals onto one online platform,” Oxford’s media messaging says, “Oxford University Press is better enabling its users to rapidly share and seamlessly connect ideas that advance research.

“This will continue a cycle of scholarship that furthers the press’ mission to create world-class academic and educational resources and to make them available as widely as possible. The platform will be further expanded and updated over time to provide the most effective and accessible service for users and customers.”

David Clark

David Clark, for the nearly five years the managing director of Oxford Academic, is quoted, saying, “Scholarly publishing is becoming increasingly digital and this migration is an important step in realizing our potential as a digital-first publisher.

“By implementing new digital tools to access and share research faster, we’re increasing our reach as a publisher … I look forward to seeing the impact of the new Oxford Academic platform for authors, librarians and, of course, readers.”

Oxford University Press’ customer base, of course, includes academic libraries in many parts of the world at a time when ease of access through digital design is rising. Those who can benefit from the project to serve out the inventory from a digital hub include, the company says, researchers, professors, students, and medical practitioners—who are expected to use it to “disseminate and reference work.”

In addition, the company expects the migration to “enable research” from partners including authors and societies, to be published more rapidly, with a larger audience able to find it.

On the Oxford Academic home page, the journals and books portals. Image: Oxford University Press

More from Publishing Perspectives on Oxford University Press and its work is here, more on academic and scholarly publishing is here, and more on digital publishing is here.

More from us on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.