About Us

About Oxford University Press

With origins dating back to 1478, Oxford University Press (OUP) is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence. Our Global Academic Publishing program spans the entire academic and higher education spectrum, including a wide array of scholarly and general interest books, journals, and online products.


At OUP, we believe in the power of the written word and the scholarship that stands behind it. Everything we publish relates directly to our mission: to support Oxford University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education. As a press, we take pride in this mission, which allows us to enable, support, and facilitate research and scholarship.


Our mission is to make the best scholarship and research available to as many people as we can. To make this possible, OUP works with world-renowned scholars at the top of their fields. The delegates of each subject serve as stewards over the publishing in their general subject area—history, music, science, philosophy, etc.—and approve each publication with the assistance of professors familiar with the work in question who have read and reviewed it in detail.

What is so exceptional about this process is both how well it works and that it is practically unheard of outside of scholarly publishing. We hold all of our publishing to this standard, so our readers can be assured that they are benefiting from the highest quality content.


OUP publishes authoritative works in many fields of interest. We are proud to publish such accomplished authors as James McPherson, Alan Brinkley, Richard Dawkins, William Safire, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Rachel Carson.

Our Higher Education publishing program offers students and professors the highest quality materials for teaching and learning. Our reference group creates comprehensive resources to support every kind of research need. Our medical and legal teams publish practical research tailored to the needs of their professional audiences.

Our trade and academic publishing serves the translational purpose of introducing the general public to some of the brightest minds and most relevant research in academia. OUP’s Journals program publishes more than 300 journals in the humanities, social sciences, and medicine that bring high-quality research to the widest possible audience.


The flagship publication of Oxford University Press, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), represents the high scholarly standards we invest in all of our products. The OED is also a product of change and marks OUP’s growing online presence. The OED went online in 2000, followed soon after by Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) and University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO), which brings together the best scholarly publishing from leading university presses around the world.

These products are now joined by Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO), a revolutionary online resource tailored to the sophisticated needs of today’s researchers, and Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO), an interlinked collection of authoritative editions of major works from the humanities. The OED, UPSO, OBO, and OSEO are examples of what OUP believes are living, breathing areas of research that require innovative tools that change right along with their fields.

The Future

Faithful to our mission, OUP will continue to publish pioneering authors for curious readers, migrate our products and services to the online world, and publish authoritative works to support research and education worldwide.