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Duke University Press publishes approximately 120 books annually and over 50 journals, as well as offering several electronic collections. A not-for-profit scholarly publisher, the Press is best known for publishing in the humanities and social sciences.

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Duke University Press publishes approximately 120 books annually in the humanities and social sciences. Our specialties include African studies, African American studies, American studies, anthropology, art and art history, Asian studies, Asian American studies, Chicanx/Latinx studies, cultural studies, film and TV studies, indigenous and Native American studies, music, political and social theory, queer theory/LGBT studies, religion, science studies, and women's and gender studies.



Duke University Press publishes more than 50 journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. As part of our mission to share the ideas of bold, progressive thinkers and support emerging and vital fields of scholarship, we publish both established journals at the top of their disciplines as well as emerging scholarship breaking new disciplinary ground. 


Electronic Collections

Duke University Press offers a number of electronic collections. Click the titles below to learn more. For additional information, or to request a trial, please contact Library Relations at

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Open Access (OA)

Duke University Press is part of several open-access (OA) publishing initiatives. Like the scholarly publishing community at large, we have explored different funding models for OA and have found that there is no one perfect model but a variety of good options. Here are a few OA projects at the Press:

Project Euclid

Project Euclid is a platform for high-quality mathematics and statistics scholarship and is jointly operated by Duke University Press and Cornell University Libraries. Over 104,000 journal articles, 4,800 book chapters, and 1,700 proceedings (almost 70 percent of the content on the platform) are available open access (as of December 15, 2017). A list of the OA titles on Project Euclid can be found here. Through a combination of support by subscribing libraries and participating publishers, Project Euclid is able to ensure enough revenue to support the maintenance and continued development of a state-of-the art online content distribution system that is made available to publishers of OA titles at a very low cost. Project Euclid also works with libraries, scholars, and publishers to identify, digitize, and make openly available historical scholarship. To learn more about the ways that Project Euclid supports OA, read a blog post with Leslie Eager, Director of Publishing Services for Project Euclid.

The Carlyle Letters Online

The Carlyle Letters Online provides free access to an outstanding resource in Victorian literature, philosophy, and culture: the letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. The recipients of the Carlyles’ over 10,000 letters included Charles Dickens, John Stuart Mill, George Eliot, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Gaskell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Funding for the Carlyle Letters Online is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the United Kingdom supports the Edinburgh editorial operation for the collection, which is hosted online at the University of South Carolina Center for Digital Humanities.

Environmental Humanities

The open-access journal Environmental Humanities brings humanities scholarship into conversation with the natural and social sciences around significant environmental issues. The journal does not charge author fees and is funded through partnerships with Concordia University; Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney; University of California, Los Angeles; Environmental Humanities Laboratory, KTH Royal Institute of Technology; and the Environmental Humanities Program, University of New South Wales. The journal is free to individuals and to libraries.

Knowledge Unlatched

Duke University Press was one of the thirteen original publisher participants in Knowledge Unlatched, an open-access initiative for humanities and social science books. Through the program, libraries contribute funds to meet a target fee for a set of twenty-eight books, covering the fees set by each publisher to “unlatch” a high-quality scholarly monograph. The “unlatched” titles are then made openly available on a Creative Commons license via OAPEN and HathiTrust as fully downloadable PDFs, while the publishers continue to sell their books in other formats. The Duke University Press books now openly available can be found on the Knowledge Unlatched collection title page.

Additionally, many introductions to Duke University Press humanities journal issues and books are available for free.