Johns Hopkins University Press

Johns Hopkins University Press
Parent company Johns Hopkins University
Founded 1878
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Baltimore, Maryland
Official website

The Johns Hopkins University Press (also referred to as JHU Press or JHUP) is the publishing division of Johns Hopkins University. It was founded in 1878 and is the oldest continuously running university press in the United States.[1] The Press publishes books, journals, and electronic databases. Considering all its units (books, journals, fulfillment, and electronic resources) it is a contender for America's largest university press. Its headquarters are in Charles Village, Baltimore.


Daniel Coit Gilman, the first president of the Johns Hopkins University, inaugurated the Press in 1878.[2] The Press began as the University's Publication Agency, publishing the American Journal of Mathematics in its first year and the American Chemical Journal in its second. It published its first book, Sidney Lanier: A Memorial Tribute, in 1881 to honor the poet who was one of the university's first writers in residence. In 1891, the Publication Agency became the Johns Hopkins Press; since 1972, it has been known as the Johns Hopkins University Press.[2]

After various moves on and off the University's Homewood campus, the Press acquired a permanent home in Baltimore's Charles Village neighborhood in 1993, when it relocated to a renovated former church. Built in 1897, the granite and brick structure was the original church of the Saints Philip and James Roman Catholic parish and now houses the offices of the Press on five floors.

In its 125 years of scholarly publishing, the Press has had only six directors: Nicholas Murray, 1878–1908; Christian W. Dittus, 1908–1948; Harold E. Ingle, 1948–1974; Jack G. Goellner, 1974–1996; Willis G. Regier, 1996–1998; James D. Jordan, 1998–2003; and Kathleen Keane, 2003–present.

Publications and divisions

JHU Press publishes 65 scholarly journals and more than 200 new books each year.[3] Since 1993, JHU Press has run Project MUSE, an online provider of more than 550 scholarly journals and more than 20,000 electronic books.

The Press has three operating divisions:

  1. Book Publishing: Acquisitions, Manuscript Editing, Design & Production, Marketing
  2. Journals and Electronic Publishing, which includes Project MUSE
  3. Hopkins Fulfillment Services (HFS): Order Processing, Information Systems, and the Distribution Center


  1. Jeff Camhi (15 April 2013). A Dam in the River: Releasing the Flow of University Ideas. Algora Publishing. pp. 149–. ISBN 978-0-87586-989-6. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  2. 1 2 "America's Oldest University Press". Jhu press.
  3. List of titles on the JHU Press website
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