Policy Press

Policy Press, established in 1996, is an academic publisher based in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.[3] Independent and not-for-profit, the company specialises in the social sciences and aims to improve social conditions with publications that will make a positive difference to learning and research, policy, and practice. Spanning several disciplines, including sociology, social policy, childhood and family studies, social work, criminology, public health, and urban policy, Policy Press publishes a variety of products, including textbooks, academic journals, and monographs.

Policy Press
Parent companyBristol University Press
FounderAlison Shaw
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationBristol, England
DistributionMarston Book Services (books, Europe and most of world)
Chicago Distribution Center (Books, US)
CoInfo Book Services (Books, Australia)[1]
Turpin Distribution (Journals)[2]
Publication typesBooks, Journals
Owner(s)University of Bristol
Official websitepolicypress.co.uk

Policy Press publishes 120 new books each year and has a backlist of over 600 books.[4] It also publishes 7 journals. Policy Press collaborates with many organisations and associations - including the Social Policy Association, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Open University and the British Association of Social Workers. Books from Policy Press are marketed and distributed in North America by the University of Chicago Press.

The journals published by Policy Press comprise Policy & Politics, Evidence & Policy, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, Voluntary Sector Review (published in association with the Voluntary Sector Studies Network), Families, Relationships and Societies, Critical and Radical Social Work, and the Journal of Playwork Practice. All journals are available online through IngentaConnect.


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  3. "Policy Press About US". Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  4. "Policy Press Books". Retrieved 24 January 2016.

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