Policy Press


Oct 25, 2022

Bristol University Press enters strategic partnership with De Gruyter

Bristol University Press is pleased to announce its global strategic partnership in eBook distribution with De Gruyter. Berlin-based academic publisher De Gruyter will host and distribute the complete frontlist and backlist collections encompassing over 2,000 titles from Bristol University Press and its imprint Policy Press. Through this partnership, De Gruyter will become the only vendor to distribute Bristol University Press’s complete list. Users will be able to access said collections only through the Press’s website and through degruyter.com.

De Gruyter and Bristol University Press share a mutual vision to disseminate academic works to a global audience. Founded in 2016, Bristol University Press prides itself on publishing research that encourages positive social change by addressing global social, economic, political and environmental challenges. The press includes the award-winning Policy Press, founded in 1996, an imprint with a 26-year history of publishing for progressive social change.

Bristol University Press will join 20 other university presses in De Gruyter’s University Press Library (UPL), an eBook distribution model that is focused on complete digital output from publisher partners, with DRM-free and multi-user access. Bristol will not only become the second University Press from the United Kingdom to be added to the University Press Library, but the Press’s focus on socio-economic themes will bring additional depth to content uniquely accessible in the UPL.

“De Gruyter has built an impressive community of scholarly publishers and academic institutions in the University Press Library. Bristol University Press is well suited to the values and mission of this group, adding depth to important areas such as global human rights and policy. We’re delighted to have Bristol University Press join our UPL community,” said Michael Zeoli, Director, Publisher Partner Program, De Gruyter.

“At a time when digital access is so crucial, our partnership with De Gruyter expands BUP’s global reach and mission to disseminate cutting-edge research addressing the global social challenges. It is a privilege to join a platform with other like-minded presses as we expand our reach into the international library community,” said Jo Greig, Sales and Marketing Director, Bristol University Press.


De Gruyter publishes first-class scholarship and has done so for more than 270 years. An international, independent publisher headquartered in Berlin -- and with further offices in Boston, Beijing, Basel, Vienna, Warsaw and Munich -- it publishes over 1,300 new book titles each year and more than 900 journals in the humanities, social sciences, medicine, mathematics, engineering, computer sciences, natural sciences and law. The publishing house also offers a wide range of digital media, including open access journals and books. The group includes the imprints De Gruyter Akademie Forschung, Birkhäuser, De Gruyter Mouton, De Gruyter Oldenbourg, De Gruyter Saur, Düsseldorf University Press, Deutscher Kunstverlag (DKV) and Jovis Verlag, as well as the publishing services provider Sciendo. For more information, visit: www.degruyter.com

Launched in 2016, Bristol University Press, home of the award-winning imprint Policy Press, is a leading non-for-profit publisher in the Social Sciences with an agenda to publish world-class research that addresses the global social challenges. BUP publishes 300 books and 21 journals a year, with an increasing international authorship. For a full list of books and journals from Bristol University Press and Policy Press please visit bristoluniversitypress.co.uk.