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NU press regroups; drops print journal

After an extensive review of Northwestern University Press, its academic publishing house, Northwestern University officials say they’ve reaffirmed their commitment to publishing and disseminating scholarly writing.

A nationwide search for a new director of the press will be launched soon, said Sarah Pritchard, the Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian.

A shift to digital publishing will continue with the transition of TriQuarterly, the press’s literary journal, to an online format next year. TriQuarterly already has an online blog, TriQuarterly To-Day.

TriQuarterly will be integrated into the creative writing program of the School of Continuing Studies.

Such distinguished writers as Stuart Dybek, Aleksander Hemon, Alex Kotlowitz, Mary Kinzie and Ed Roberson teach in the program, which has gained increasing recognition in recent years.


After an extensive review of Northwestern University Press, its academic publishing house, Northwestern University officials say they’ve reaffirmed their commitment to publishing and disseminating scholarly writing.

A nationwide search for a new director of the press will be launched soon, said Sarah Pritchard, the Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian.

A shift to digital publishing will continue with the transition of TriQuarterly, the press’s literary journal, to an online format next year. TriQuarterly already has an online blog, TriQuarterly To-Day.

TriQuarterly will be integrated into the creative writing program of the School of Continuing Studies.

Such distinguished writers as Stuart Dybek, Aleksander Hemon, Alex Kotlowitz, Mary Kinzie and Ed Roberson teach in the program, which has gained increasing recognition in recent years.

The acquisitions, editorial and design aspects of the journal will be carried out as part of the master of fine arts in creative writing program with technical support provided by Northwestern’s information technology staff.

The journal will continue to solicit and publish offerings from external writers, and will be made freely available on the web.

“This move will align publishing efforts more closely with the University’s academic enterprise while at the same time expanding electronic dissemination and public access to the wonderful literature and essays that are published in TriQuarterly,” Pritchard said.

“Scholarly publishing is increasingly moving to open access, allowing greater distribution of academic work. This reflects that trend and allows the journal editors to take advantage of the multimedia capabilities offered through online publishing,” she said.

“After a year of significant economic setbacks, the Press has undergone a careful review. The University has reaffirmed its commitment to the dissemination of scholarship as part of its academic mission,” Pritchard said.

“The Press will be a more efficient operation and we will deepen our alliances with the University’s academic programs while moving forward with the delivery of content in a digital format. There undoubtedly will be challenges, but it also should be a time of exciting opportunities,” she added.

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