The Government College University Press has started publishing academic journals and other university publications. During its first year, the GCU Press has published scholarly journals in the disciplines of English, History, Persian, Punjabi and Psychology. It has also published university’s prospectuses and other similar documents.
GCU Press is a not-for-profit organization. The university is now considering diverting a portion of research funds to the Press to commission innovative academic monographs by scholars.
Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi said: “Establishing a Press is an exceptional measure for GCU but it is the need of our time. The GCU Press is modeled after Cambridge and Oxford university presses and we will publish works of scholars across the globe. As a University, it is our obligation to publish research that shapes the ideas which can make humans’ lives better”.
An official associated with the Press informed: “More than 65 percent of our academics have either PhD or postdocs and fellowships from the leading universities. They know what it takes to prepare an excellent manuscript for publication. We also have a strong network of seasoned scholars around the world who can serve as referees.
The faculty of languages at GCU provides us with experienced copy editors. The Fine Arts department has excellent graphic designers and photographers. The library staff and the Directorate of Information Technology will take care of online publications. The Management Studies department has good marketing skills”.
Prof Zaidi further said: “Authors require a network of professionals for their publications. A good thing about GCU Press is that we have the requisite academic resources. And more importantly, we know with whom we are competing with, the top ranked academic presses in the world”.