Save Ashgate Publishing
Ashgate Publishing Company was purchased by Informa PLC (whose Academic Publishing division operates under the trade name of Taylor & Francis) in July of 2015. On November 25th, 2015, the North American office of the press in Burlington, Vermont closed and Ashgate's US staff members, including Erika Gaffney, Ann Donahue, Margaret Michniewicz, Alyssa Berthiaume, Kathy Bond Borie, Seth Hibbert, Stephanie Peake, Martha McKenna, Lea Durfee, Suzanne Sprague, and Emilly Ferro ceased to be representatives of Ashgate.
According to an e-mail sent to series editors, plans are still being discussed for Ashgate's publishing business in the UK. However, information has since emerged that the UK office may be scheduled to close in December.
Independent academic presses like Ashgate have offered a safe haven for scholars working in certain subfields as University presses closed entire publishing specializations and fired editorial staff in response to campus austerity measures. Academic presses are more than profit margins, income from the backlist, utility bills, payroll, and marketing campaigns. Ashgate flourished through the bonds formed between editors and authors, the care and attention of copy editors, and above all, the good will of authors and readers. We the undersigned authors, readers, and reviewers of Ashgate books write to voice our appreciation for the accomplishments of Ashgate's North American office. We urge Taylor & Francis to reverse course immediately and restore Ashgate's US and UK offices.
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