Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Sheffield Phoenix Press launched

In the autumn of 2001 Sheffield Academic Press became part of the Continuum publishing group. Continuum have also over the last couple of years purchased T & T Clark and Trinity Press International, and these three imprints -- Sheffield, Trinity and T & T Clark have now been merged into one imprint entitled T & T Clark International, and several of us attended the launch at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

But here's an interesting development. The Department of Biblical Studies at Sheffield University have announced the launch of a new press, strongly resembling what used to be Sheffield Academic Press, with the same aims and emphases and with some of the same personnel (David Clines, Cheryl Exum and Keith Whitelam). It also looks a bit like there are some hard feelings about the Continuum buy-up of Sheffield Academic Press since Sheffield Phoenix Press is committed to undertake "to be an independent company (not part of a conglomerate); to be managed by academics for academics (not in order to maximize profit); to be led by the publishing ideas of academics (rather than commissioning scholars to carry out the agenda of the publisher)" and so on. Anyway, here are the full details:

Sheffield Phoenix Press

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