Trends in Editing and Publishing Academic Texts


Our June general meeting features Dr Nathan Hollier.

To register to attend in person visit the Trybooking page by 3 pm on 26 June. Registering helps us with catering, but isn’t essential.

Date: Wednesday 26 June 2024

Time: 5:45 pm (for drinks and nibbles), 6:30 pm (talk and webinar)

Dinner If you’d like to join others for dinner at La Rustica after the talk, see the details below.

About the presentation

There is increasing pressure within academic environments for writers – scholars – to publish and to publish in places deemed to be more prestigious by various algorithms of however dubious authority. At the same time, there is increasing pressure on the publishers of such academic writings to minimise editorial costs or even do away with forms of editing altogether. While publishers generally are seeking to push back against rising input costs, this pressure on academic publishers’ editorial budgets does seem to be especially pronounced.

What is driving these developments? How are they playing out in practice? And how significant are they for scholars, editors, publishers and readers?
In this presentation, ANU Press Manager Dr Nathan Hollier draws on more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the scholarly publishing world to consider the nature and significance of trends in editing and publishing academic texts.

About Nathan

Dr Nathan Hollier is Manager of ANU Press, a member of the Scholarly and Journals Committee of the Australian Publishers Association, sits on the boards of Learned Publishing [UK] and Aboriginal History Inc., and is the author of many articles and, as editor, two books. He has a PhD in Australian cultural history and is a past CEO and Publisher of Melbourne University Press, Director of Monash University Publishing, Chair of the OL Society, publishers of Overland, Editor of that journal, and was founding Chair of the Small Press Network.

To attend in person

Please register on the Trybooking page by 3 pm on 26 June if you wish to attend in person. Registering helps us with catering. You are always welcome to attend in person if you haven’t registered.


The Durie Room
St Mark’s National Theological Centre
15 Blackall St (not Blackall Place)
See MAP.


The room opens at 5:45 pm. The presentation begins at 6:30 pm.

Need to cancel?

Return your ticket directly into the TryBooking system to make it available for someone else.


We plan to dine from 8pm at La Rustica by the Lake at Kingston Foreshore after the presentation. Please join us to continue the conservation and get to know your fellow editors better. Booking is essential so we can confirm bookings with the restaurant.

La Rustica by the Lake
Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore, ACT 2604


To attend the webinar (via Zoom)

A link for the Zoom meeting will be supplied to all members by email. If you are not a member and wish to attend by Zoom, please send an email to the contact email address you will find on the About page and ask to be sent a link. Please do not pass on your link to other people.

The webinar audience can use Zoom’s Q&A functionality to ask questions or offer opinions. (You will not be able to see the presentation or participate in the Q&A if you attend by phone call.)

The webinar will not be recorded.