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Addis Ababa University Press (AAUP) rigorously looks in to the value of the manuscripts for originality and scholoarly contribution. It encourages high academic quality of text books regardless of the level of instruction.

2. Governing Body

The Addis Ababa University Press is governed by Board of Editors appointed by the University Senate and representing different academic fileds.

3. Links with professional Bodies

AAUP is listed in the:

  • Afirican Books in Print
  • Book Trade of the World
  • The Europe  Book Year
  • The International Authors’ and Writers’ ‘who’s Who’
  • International Directory of Scholarly Publishers
  • The International Literary Market Place

4. Areas of Publication

The Press publishes in all academic areas. The Publications to-date includes textbooks in different disciplines such as biology, botany, chemistry, climatology, geography, history, hydrology, languages, public health, engineering, politics, sociology, etc. The Press has also been publishing general works such as autobiographies, diaries and dictionaries. The Board of Editors determines the publication of manuscripts in view of their value and quality based on the recommendations of assessors, who are established scholars in their prespective feleds of the study.

In the future, the Press plans to give a greater emphasis to the publication of tertiary level textbooks, selected dissertations and new editions or reprints of classic works published elsewhere and currently out of print.

5. Contributors/Authors

These comprise members of the University faculty and others, including foreign scholars. So far, the majority of the contributors to the Press are Ethiopians. Indeed, the AAU Press has published books in Amharic and/or other Ethiopian languages and in English.

6. Assessors/ Reviewers

These consist of scholars in the pool, who are qualified in different specialization areas, within and outside the AAU. Manuscripts submitted to the Press are first presented to the Board of Editors for preliminary screening, upon positive consideration by the Board of editors and/or unto preliminary reviewer’s recommendation, manuscripts are sent to at least two main reviwers for final assessment based on criteria provided by the Press.

7. Co-Publishers

The AAU Press has been co-publishing with:

  • James Currey Punblishers, UK
  • Lund University Press, Sweden
  • Michigan State University Press, USA
  • Ohio University Press, USA
  • Rutgers Universtiy Press, USA
  • University of Chicago Press, USA

8. Distribution

The AAU Book Centre had been the major distributing agent of AAU Press in pervious years. But currently, the AAU Press uses other distributing agensts and channels include Consignees, African Book Shop, Book world, Universal Bookshop, Aynalem Bookshop; and Jahafar book Shop, Shama PLC, Littmann General Trading PLC, Addis Ababa University Enterprise Bookshop, and so forth

 Expansion through the Years

The AAUP had a humble beginning. When the Press started functioning in the 1968/69 Academic year, it had a staff of only one person, Mrs, Innes Marshal, who worked in a 3 by 5 metre attic room with extremely limited facilities. However, she managed to keep the AAUP running for 24 years and enabled it to publish reputable books on diverse topics.

Through the years, there has been expansion both in staff and facilities .Currently, the AAUP has a modest number of staff (i.e. Senior editors, Graphic editors and Manuscrip editors who are qualified with associate to assistant proffesors in their academic ranks respectively from academic wing; and Publication and Market’s communication officers from Admin wing as well) diversity to undertake the tasks in a full-time basis. There has also been an increase in budget and faciliticies. But there still exists a vast opportunity for expanding and growing the activites and contributions in the Press. One of the opportunities ahead of it is becoming an autonomus Institute in the AAU .And hence; the Press needs to be strengthened and/or autonomus in terms of staff selection, budget allocation and equipped with standard facilities.It should also get widened out its collaborations with relevant partners (Regional universities and Co-publishers) both nationally and internationally to getting envisioned and visible by its outstanding publications.