Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University`s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Company details

Great Clarendon Street , Oxford , Oxfordshire OX2 6DP United Kingdom

Locations Served


Business Type:
Publishing company
Industry Type:
Publishing / Media / Marketing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.


Oxford University Press is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence

We have an incredibly diverse publishing programme, which often surprises people who are expecting a traditional university press offering.

We publish in many countries, in more than 40 languages, and in a variety of formats–print and digital.

Our products cover an extremely broad academic and educational spectrum, and we aim to make our content available to our users in whichever format suits them best.

We publish for all audiences–from pre-school to secondary level schoolchildren; students to academics; general readers to researchers; individuals to institutions.

As a department of the University of Oxford our worldwide publishing furthers the University's objectives of excellence in scholarship, research, and education. Our main criteria when evaluating a new title for publication are its quality and whether it supports those aims of furthering education and disseminating knowledge.

Oxford University Press has a rich history which can be traced back to the earliest days of printing.

The first book was printed in Oxford in 1478, just two years after Caxton set up the first printing press in England. The University was involved with several printers in Oxford over the next century, although there was no formal university press. 

In 1586 the University of Oxford's right to print books was recognized in a decree from the Star Chamber. This was enhanced in the Great Charter secured by Archbishop Laud from King Charles I, which entitled the University to print 'all manner of books'.

Delegates were first appointed by the University to oversee this process in 1633. Minutes of their deliberations are recorded dating back to 1668. The structure of Oxford University Press (OUP) as it exists today began to develop in a recognizable form from that time.

The University also established its right to print the King James Authorized Version of the Bible in the seventeenth century. This Bible Privilege formed the basis of OUP's publishing activities throughout the next two centuries.

From the late 1800s OUP began to expand significantly, opening the first overseas OUP office in New York in 1896. Other international branches followed, including Canada (1904), Australia (1908), India (1912), Southern Africa (1914).

Today OUP has offices in 50 countries, and is the largest university press in the world.

We currently publish more than 6,000 titles a year worldwide, in a variety of formats. 

Our range includes dictionaries, English language teaching materials, children's books, journals, scholarly monographs, printed music, higher education textbooks, and schoolbooks. 

Many of these titles are created specifically for local markets and are published by our regional publishing branches. We sell more than 110 million units each year, and most of those sales are outside the UK.

Our publications regularly win prizes and awards at national and international level.

Our governance structure is written into the University Of Oxford Statutes. The policy of Oxford University Press is overseen by a group of Delegates appointed from the academic staff of the University. 

The Delegates meet fortnightly during academic term-time under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor. They are actively involved in the publishing programme; all proposals are referred to them for approval and individual Delegates maintain a dialogue with editors in their specialist subject areas.

Delegates are appointed from American universities to advise on the publishing programme for OUP USA.

The Delegates appoint a Finance Committee consisting of some of their own number, the Chief Executive of the Press and other senior colleagues, and outside advisers. The Finance Committee acts in much the same way as the board of directors of a company.

The Chief Executive of the Press is responsible for running Oxford University Press, and is also known by the traditional title of Secretary to the Delegates.