About our work with the publication series

This homepage for the book publications of humanities and theology scholars is new – it went public on 18 March 2013. It will be continuously improved and extended with more information, but you can already find answers to many questions on this page and in our FAQ.

Environmentally friendly book production

In the project, we will work in two parallel ways with the books. We will collect previously published titles, and we will keep these in stock and offer them for sale on this page.

With future production, we will work instead in the most environmentally friendly way: by printing small editions and then making the book available as print-on-demand, i.e. the book is printed when it is ordered. This means that in the future we will not be stocking large numbers of books, but at the same time our research publications will never be out of print.

We print most of our books at the University’s internal printing service, Media-Tryck, which has both Svanen and REPA certifications. In addition, we work primarily with book formats that waste as little paper as possible. We are pleased to be able to run an environmentally friendly publishing activity in this way.

If you are about to publish a book in a publication series, or internally but outside a publication series, you are most welcome to contact us for advice and discussions.

Our pilot projects

During the winter we have carried out three pilot projects within the field of book production. They show our thinking in our work on the books’ form and what we are aiming for in the future.

Two books have been completely designed, both content and cover:

For one book, we designed the cover:

Borrow this book – Read this book – Buy this book

We are also pleased to be able to offer three different ways of accessing the same book in the same place, represented by the three buttons Borrow this book, Read this book and Buy this book. These buttons are available in the information section for each title. 

  • The first button leads you to the book’s page in Libris, the national library catalogue, and it is available for almost all the books. 
  • Button number two, Read this book, is available for the books that are published in open access and leads you to the digital file.
  • Via the last button, Buy this book, you will reach the web shop, where you can  buy a printed copy of the book.

The limitations of the homepage

  • This homepage does not contain everything that researchers in humanities and theology have published in book form – that would be an impossible task. We have chosen to delimit our work as follows:
  • The active publication series have been included in their entirety. The titles are presented in two different ways and the boundary between the two has been drawn at the year 2000. This means that all titles published before 2000 are only included as a brief information entry without a cover image, whereas the titles from 2000 onwards are represented with a longer, clickable entry. The information in the longer entries is partly taken from LUCRIS, and here it is our goal that the entry should also include the cover image and back cover text.
  • All older titles that are either available for sale or can be read as open access will also be given a longer entry of this kind.
  • In the series published by Lund University together with another higher education institution, only the titles written by a Lund author are represented with a longer entry, while the rest are described in a short information entry. This concerns Coniectanea biblica. New Testament Series, Coniectanea biblica. Old Testament series och Bibliotheca theologiae practicae.
  • Books that have been published internally without being part of a publication series have been included from 2010 onwards. We will not be going back further than this with the ambition of being exhaustive but we are happy to complement our lists with older books if they are available for sale and/or for open access reading. If you have such a book, please contact us!
  • We provide links to Journals and Working Papers/electronic series published by Lund University within our subjects from the publication series page. Please get in touch if you have such a publication and we have missed it! 
  • Externally published books, both monographs and anthologies, have also been included from 2010 onwards. The information on the books has been taken from LUCRIS and here we do not carry out any exhaustive checks but trust the information entered into the database by the researchers. It is also through LUCRIS that we find out that a book has been published. The categories which our database picks up are "book" and "book editor ", and only the titles that are stated as published (so not the ones that are "in press" or "submitted"). If you are missing a book, first check whether it has been entered in LUCRIS. If it hasn’t, enter it; then it will also show up with us after a while. If the book is included in LUCRIS but cannot be found with us, please get in touch.

On books published by publishing houses

On the home page of the publication series, we want to show the books that our researchers have published through publishing houses. To do this, we would like to use the book cover image, and also some information about the book.

We are very grateful to receive cover images, back cover text and a table of contents in digital form from the publishing houses that publish works by our researchers or from the researchers themselves, in order to make the information available on this page even better. In addition, we are also happy to include a link to the relevant publisher in the information entry about the book. Contact us about this!

We also recommend that this clause be added to the agreement that is signed between our researchers and publishing companies:

The publisher agrees that Lund University may use the publication’s cover image and editorial information concerning the publication in the University’s information on the external publications of its researchers.

Our open access work

Lund University is one of the agents in Sweden working to make research findings available in open access, i.e. freely available for reading in digital form for anyone. In this project, we are striving to live up to this objective. Our open access files will be stored in LUCRIS, Lund University's new research information system. They can always be accessed here from the publication series page, by clicking on the Read this book button visible for each title that is available in open access.

We will also eventually create a separate heading, Titles available in open access, in order to facilitate the search for these titles. This heading will be included under Our publication series, and also under Our researchers at publishing houses.

We are working to ensure that books published at Lund University in the future are made available in open access in connection with their publication in print. In addition, we would also like to make older titles available in open access at a later date. If you have an older book that you would like to make available in digital form, please contact us! We will assist with the practical aspects.

In this work, we are cooperating with the Humanities and Theology library, which is also happy to answer questions on open access and on registering research publications, see their homepage.

More information on open access is available on Lund University Library’s homepage and on the National Library of Sweden’s homepage.

Project funding

The publication series project is financed by the Faculties of Humanities and Theology. This is a project which does not aim to cover its own costs, but rather to make book publications easily accessible and visible. We will also be working on the production of books with the aim of making them well-produced and aesthetically pleasing. In addition, in the long term, we will work on marketing books.

Since the activity is not based on revenue, no royalties will be paid out, and any revenue from sales will not go back to the author or the department concerned, but will instead be reinvested in the project. Print-on-demand books will not generate any great revenue either; the client’s payment will mainly go to cover the costs of production and distribution.