Fairleigh Dickinson University Press to Expand OperationsMadison, NJ – (September 20, 2010) – At a time when many university presses are closing their doors, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press is dramatically expanding its print publishing program to include electronic publications that more fully serve the academic community with 21st century technologies.
This expansion was made possible by establishing a relationship with the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. (RLPG), of Lanham Maryland. RLPG has for thirty-five years provided publishing services to think tanks, non-profit organizations, and university presses. Through its Fusion Program, RLPG is able to publish eBooks in every available digital format, including EPUB, iPad, Kindle, and Digital Short Run. Because of these advanced technologies and RLPG’s Print-on-Demand capabilities, no Fairleigh Dickinson University Press book will ever go out of print in future.
Under its arrangement with RLPG, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press retains responsibility for developing and selecting manuscripts for publication. RLPG will provide copyediting, typesetting, design, printing, sales, marketing, order fulfillment, and royalty services to authors. University Press Director Harry Keyishian commented that “Our new relationship with Rowman & Littlefield allows us to maintain our editorial autonomy, select books that fit our program, and eliminate all financial risk associated with publishing new books. It is an ideal 21st century solution for scholarly presses like ours.”
RLPG has established similar relationships with the presses at Bucknell, Delaware, and Lehigh Universities, which will also retain editorial autonomy. Previously the four presses were affiliated with Associated University Presses of Cranbury, NJ, whose director announced his retirement in February.
Jed Lyons, President and CEO of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, said, “We have been providing publishing and distribution services of various kinds to think tanks, not-for-profit organizations, and university presses since we started the company 35 years ago. The new university press arrangement is modeled after our very successful publishing relationship with the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. It removes the financial burden of publishing new books, yet gives the university presses the editorial autonomy they have always counted on.”
Established in 1967, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press has published over 1,500 books in the humanities and social sciences, with special strengths in history and literature. Using a rigorous system of peer review by scholars from around the world, the Editorial Committee, composed of university faculty, selects manuscripts for publication on the basis of their value to scholarship. Listing many award-winning books among its publications, the press conducts books series in several areas, including Italian studies, communication studies, Willa Cather studies, literature and law, and The History of Ideas.
Fairleigh Dickinson University also publishes The Literary Review: An International Journal of Contemporary Literature, which was founded in 1957 and is now under the editorship of Minna Proctor. FDUP and TLR have their editorial offices at the university’s College at Florham, located in Madison, NJ.
The largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational, multi-campus institution. The University offers over 100 undergraduate programs, and doctoral programs in nursing practice, clinical psychology school psychology, and pharmacy; and an AACSB-accredited business school. It has campuses in Madison, NJ, and Teaneck/Hackensack, NJ, as well as Vanouver, BC, and Wroxton, England.