Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS)
Welcome to the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) in the School of Arts
A world-leading centre for publishing education, delivering bespoke training and independent consultancy and research services to the publishing industry. Research is carried out in a range of interdisciplinary areas including museum publishing, book consumption and the life cycle of books, media convergence, digital developments, post-colonial publishing, early twentieth-century publishing history (including publishing in World War One), and late twentieth and early twenty-first century publishing history.
Research and consultancy services
Working with your organisation, we can:
- offer advice on starting up a new publishing company, including business planning;
- independently assess a publishing list, division or company, and provide financial planning, business strategy, competitive analysis, and advice on new product development;
- provide advice to learned societies on their future publishing strategy;
- carry out industry research across a wide range of topics;
- work with your organization to develop and implement a digital publishing strategy;
- provide advice on new and emerging markets;
Knowledge Exchange Partnerships (KEP)
If you are looking to develop a particular project or aspect of your publishing or digital media business, Knowledge Exchange Partnerships (KEPs) provide resources and expertise to organisations that wish to innovate, expand or improve their performance. For a small or medium size company, the UK government contributes two-thirds of the cost. Research shows that on average a KEP will generate an increase of over £220K in annual profits before tax, the creation of three genuine new jobs, and an increase in the skills of existing staff.
Bespoke training and continuing professional development
We create unique customised programmes for your organisation that are cost & time effective and get right to the issues important to your organisation or business - just contact us to discuss your needs. We can travel to your organization, whether in the UK or overseas, or run courses here at Oxford Brookes University. In recent years we have run courses in a number of countries including the UK, India, UAE, China and South Africa.
Working at the heart of the industry
The Centre is supported by an industry advisory board - companies represented include major publishers such as Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber, HarperCollins, Hodder, and Random House. We have a close working relationship with publishers and trade organizations such as the Independent Publishers Guild & the Publishers Association and our alumni are working throughout the industry.
We have worked with the Arts Council, British Council, KPMG, New Internationalist, Oxfam, Porsche, Publishers Association, Sichuan Publishing Group, Society for Experimental Biology, SportsBooks, World Bank, and many other organizations in recent years.
International industry links
The Centre has unrivalled links with both the international publishing industry and universities in other countries. We have a range of placements in other countries, carry out consultancy and training work around the world, and have international collaborations with many partners.