In Focus

Branching Out into Veterinary Medicine

In April 2014, we released Basic Veterinary Immunology by Gerald N. Callahan and Robin M. Yates, a joint venture of University Press of Colorado and the Veterinary Information Network. Basic Veterinary Immunology is a textbook designed to fill a gap in veterinary texts, and Gerald Callahan, a professor in Colorado State University's veterinary program with a joint appointment in the Department of English, was the ideal lead author to combine the technical information with accessible writing.

The print edition, available from University Press of Colorado, is lavishly illustrated with over 250 medical line drawings by William Zaun and Tamara Rees. The online edition, hosted by the Veterinary Information Network, includes video micrograph files illustrating cell processes as well as PowerPoint slide decks of the images for professors to use as teaching aids in the classroom. We have high expectations for our first foray into the field of veterinary medicine.

UPC a Partner in Online Anthropology Book Review Platform Development

In June 2014, the American Anthropological Association was awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to pioneer an online, digital book review process. University Press of Colorado is one of five university presses collaborating with the AAA on the project. The others are University of Chicago Press, University of Nebraska Press, University of New Mexico Press, and University Press of Florida.

"Using digital information technology to improve the book review process is a potential game changer for academic publishing," says Josh Greenberg, Director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Scholarly Communication program. "It's better for authors. It's better for reviewers. It's better for publishers. And most of all, it's better for science, because it encourages and supports the debate, discussion, and evaluation that is the cornerstone of good scholarship."

For a fuller description, read the July 7 piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education.