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Our history

Oxford Journals has published on behalf of some of the world’s most prestigious societies for over a century. Building on our tradition of publishing excellence, we continue to play a leading role in the industry.

Over 100 years of journal publishing

  • 1905 – Sir William Osler, a renowned Canadian physician, most famous for his book Principles and Practice of Medicine is appointed Regius Chair of Medicine and becomes a delegate of The Press.
  • 1906 – Osler initiates publishing plans for the Quarterly Journal of Medicine (QJM), with the inaugural issue appearing in print the following year. QJM is acknowledged as being the first major medical publication by The Press, which now publishes over 1800 Medical textbooks and 40 medical journals.
  • 1970s – 65 years on, OUP publishes 40 journals, based out of an office in Neasden, London. Journals published at this time include African Affairs, Brain, Early Music, and Journal of Experimental Botany
  • 1980s – Journals UK department moves to Oxford.
  • 1985 – OUP USA starts a journals programme, successfully launching a small number of new journals including American Literary History and The Review of Financial Studies.
  • 1988 – Journals office opens in Japan (Tokyo) with International Immunology.
  • 1989 – Oxford Journals merges with IRL Press and relocate to IRL’s offices in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. The merge results in a total collection of 113 journals.
  • 1996 – OUP merges its journals programmes in the USA, US, and Japan. As a result several very prominent journals are secured for the US list including Journal of the National Cancer Institute, American Journal of Epidemiology, and the World Bank journals.
  • 1997 – Japan Journals takes on a second journal (Journal of Electron Microscopy) and goes on to grow the list to 11 journals by 2004.
  • 1999 – OUP transfers the production and hosting of its online journals to HighWire Press, the electronic imprint of Stanford University Libraries.
  • 2005 – Oxford Open initiative launched.
  • 2006 – Journals office opens in Beijing, China.
  • 2006 – We celebrate our centenary and the launch of our digital archive.
  • 2009 – OUP begins publication of the European Society of Cardiology’s ESC Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, an integrated textbook and online package.
  • 2010 – OUP enters prestigious publishing partnership with Infectious Diseases Society of America and also acquires the Quarterly Journal of Economics and The Review of Economic Studies.
  • 2013 – OUP enters important publishing partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society.
  • 2015 – OUP embarks on a new publishing partnership with the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) to publish their 5 flagship journals.

Shaping the future of journals publishing

Our staff are actively engaged in tracking and guiding developments in the journals publishing industry. We are directly involved in a number of pioneering projects, including:

  • CrossRef
  • COUNTER: setting standards for usage statistics
  • ONIX for serials
  • Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
  • PEER Project
  • UKSG’s Project Transfer
  • Oxford Journals participates in archiving projects, such as LOCKSS and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s e-Journal Archiving Project. We are active members of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), and many OUP staff are course tutors or involved in various ALPSP committees. These and other initiatives enable us to keep our finger on the pulse of the rapidly evolving journals market and provide the most innovative solutions to our society partners.


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