In the first agreement of its kind, Liverpool University Press has become the inaugural university press partner of The Conversation UK (http://theconversation.com/uk), an independent source of news and views sourced from university academics and researchers and delivered direct to the public.
Since its UK launch in 2013, The Conversation has brought the expertise of university academics and new research to a broad audience. The Conversation aims to improve the quality of public debate by ensuring the views of experts are heard. The partnership means LUP can help its authors boost the impact of their work through The Conversation’s explanatory journalism on a platform “free of commercial or political bias” which reached a readership of 110 million in 2017-18. LUP’s partnership provides access to The Conversation’s editorial team and opportunities for its authors to provide their expertise to The Conversation’s readers worldwide.
Anthony Cond, Managing Director of Liverpool University Press, explained: ‘Working with The Conversation UK will present our book and journal authors with the opportunity to amplify their research, raising awareness of their publications with LUP but also making the most of the opportunity to spread their ideas and put them on a pathway to impact. They will also benefit from The Conversation’s robust analytics to track engagement with their articles.’
Chris Waiting, Chief Executive of the Conversation UK, added: ‘To date our partners have been universities: collaboration with university presses, widely recognised for their commitment to publishing high quality scholarship, fits well with our aim of bringing academic expertise to a broader audience. We are delighted to work with Liverpool University Press, an imprint that exemplifies modern university press values and the access to quality information that The Conversation delivers.’
Commissioning Editor Chloe Johnson will co-ordinate the submission of news articles from LUP authors to The Conversation.