University of Adelaide Press

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University of Adelaide Press
Parent company University of Adelaide
Founded 2009
Country of origin Australia
Headquarters location Adelaide, South Australia
Publication types Books, academic journals
Official website

The University of Adelaide Press is the book publishing arm of The University of Adelaide. It publishes scholarship by staff and affiliates. The university press publishes titles in dual format: paperback and a free electronic version (PDFs).


In the 1920s, around the time the University of Melbourne established Australia’s first university press, the University of Adelaide began publishing titles under various imprints. In partnership with printers, G Hassell & Co, the university produced leather-bound hand-tooled collectible works modeled on the output of Oxford University Press.[1]

In 1996, the correspondence of Joanna Elder and Robert Barr Smith was published by the Barr Smith Library (the University’s main library) under the imprint ‘Barr Smith Press’. From 2005 to 2007, the current director of the University of Adelaide Press, John Emerson, oversaw the publication of four books under the renamed ‘University of Adelaide Barr Smith Press’. 2009 saw the launch of the current University of Adelaide Press.[2]


The University of Adelaide Press titles are published electronically on the Press webpage (fully downloadable free PDFs) and are available to purchase in paperback. The Press is divided into two separate imprints, the ‘University of Adelaide Press’ and the ‘Barr Smith Press’.

The ‘University of Adelaide Press’ publishes exclusively the scholarship of University of Adelaide academics and affiliates. Book-length works are subject to a selection process and submitted to external referees before publication.[3]

The ‘Barr Smith Press’ publishes works of interest about the history and activities of The University of Adelaide, including memoirs, biographies and histories of its clubs and institutions.[4]


  1. [1] The Australian
  2. [2] Adelaide Now
  3. [3] University of Adelaide Press website: 'About the Press'
  4. [4] The Canberra Times

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