MLO now hosted on Ubiquity Press platform

Posted on January 26, 2017 by Anthony Cond

Liverpool University Press is delighted to announce that our Open Access platform, Modern Languages Open, is now hosted by Ubiquity Press - in a new partnership between Liverpool University Press and Ubiquity Press.

Modern Languages Open (MLO) was launched in October 2014 as a peer-reviewed platform for the open access publication of research from across the modern languages to a global audience.  It provides:

  • Interdisciplinarity across the modern languages and engagement with other fields from a modern languages perspective
  • Gold Open Access under a CC-BY licence
  • Rigorous peer review pre-publication interactivity post-publication
  • Rewards for article reviewers
  • Flexibility on article length
  • International dissemination under the imprimatur of a university press

Anthony Cond, MD of Liverpool University Press said: “The new Modern Languages Open site signals a commitment from Liverpool University Press  to continue to meet the needs of open access scholarship in the modern languages.  Essays from the polemical Translation as Research: A Manifesto to the timely Modern Languages and the Digital: The Shape of the Discipline are now available with a better reader experience, which will only increase MLO’s typical five-figure readership for each new piece of content.  There is no better place to reach a wide audience with interdisciplinary modern languages research.”


Praise for MLO

"MLO will galvanize innovative scholarship and may indeed change the course of publishing" Tom Conley, Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages & Literature, Harvard University

"Open access is the necessary and exciting future of academic publishing, and MLO is uniquely well positioned to exercise groundbreaking impact in its field with regard to methods, tools, and economic models that can maximize both access (for prospective authors and readers alike) and the quality of the review process and the resulting scholarly product" Anna M. Klobucka, Professor of Portuguese and Women's and Gender Studies, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


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Using Primary Sources: An interview with the editor of our new OA e-textbook

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Anthony Cond

Academic Book Week (23-28 January 2017) is a celebration of the diversity, innovation and influence of academic books, so there is no better time to tell the world about a path-breaking Open Access publication that Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool Library and the Department of History at the University of Liverpool are publishing in partnership with Jisc:

Using Primary Sources: an Open Access teaching and study resource that combines rare archival source materials with high quality peer-reviewed chapters by leading academics

To tell us more about Using Primary Sources, Editorial Director Alison Welsby interviewed Dr Jonathan Hogg, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Liverpool and General Editor of Using Primary Sources:


Thank you Jon for agreeing to this interview. What is Using Primary Sources? 

It's an exciting, accessible and unique e-textbook that aims to help students improve their approach to historical research and writing. As part of the project we have digitised archival materials from Special Collections & Archives here at the University of Liverpool, and used them as the basis of chapters that explain to students how they might research and write about a theme. Each chapter contains an essay based on a specific theme: for instance, Popular Religion, or Social Class. Here, an expert author walks you through how you might approach research on that particular theme, what types of primary source you might select to explore that theme, and how you might integrate primary sources into arguments that you want to make in your coursework.


How can teachers and academics integrate Using Primary Sources into their lectures, seminars and the classroom?

There are lots of ways the textbook can be used. The chapters are not designed to be definitive: the advice offered on conducting and writing up research is intended to be suggestive, which will make for good discussion in class. Tutors and students might talk through the advice that is being offered, and then either build on it, suggest alternative ways to think about problems, or set tasks based on the advice. Also, a great class exercise would be to look at some of the digitised primary source material in detail, encouraging students to think about the different ways we might analyse and interpret sources. We are producing lesson plans in the coming months, so look out for those! 


Can you suggest ways a student can use Using Primary Sources to benefit their work?

I would advise students to think about our textbook as a starting point. Students might start by reading a chapter on a theme that relates to something they are currently researching, or whose content relates to an essay they are writing. Then, you should think about the advice that is offered. How well does it relate to the work that you are doing? Are there ways to build on the advice that's given, perhaps using different sources? Do you need to go away and read some of the secondary material to gain more understanding of the theme? In the end, think about the different ways that you can conduct a strong research project, or explore an essay question, and then develop and plan a core argument using your own analysis of primary sources to back up points within your written work. So, we hope that chapters offer good advice on the research process as well as helping with essay writing.   


How does someone access Using Primary Sources?

It's very easy. Simply follow this link to access the textbook: You will find three volumes arranged chronologically. Then, simple explore the chapters, and read the expertly written essays. Take a look at our Guide if you are unsure how to use the resource. 


What can we expect from Using Primary Sources in the future?

We will be publishing over a dozen more chapters in 2017. We are also developing lesson plans for tutors and students, and we want our students to get involved in curating sources online. The best place to check for updates and news is the project's Twitter account @LivUniSources. We would really appreciate any feedback you may have, so please email us at  to let us know what you think about the textbook! We hope that you enjoy the book.

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Battle of Crécy wins Distinguished Book Prize 2017

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Emily Felton

Winners of the Society for Military History's Distinguished Book Prize, Michael Livingston and Kelly DeVries discuss the revolutionary findings presented in their book The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook.


The Battle of Crécy is a deeply explored area of history. What prompted you to write this book?

Kelly: I'd long had misgivings about the traditional understandings of the Battle of Crécy -- feelings that were underscored when we walked the traditional battlefield together a few years ago. The story of the battle as it was told just didn't make sense.

Michael: My casebook on the Welsh rebel hero Owain Glyndwr had just come out (co-edited with John Bollard), and I was still fishing for a follow-up project. As Kelly showed me and our mutual friend Bob Woosnam-Savage of the Royal Armories around the traditional site, we were all agreed it didn't make a lot of sense. Kelly had this great theory about rotating the battle on the site in order to make it work a bit better, but it just still didn't feel right. I suggested we do a casebook to try to resolve what happened, and Kelly quickly agreed. 

Kelly: (laughs) People have been studying this battle for centuries, so I thought we already had all the sources in hand and it would be a pretty quick process. Turned out there were a lot more sources than anyone ever thought!


You edited over eighty 14th century sources when researching for this book, did you come across any surprises?

Michael: The number of surprises was … well, surprising. At a really basic level, like Kelly said, we were surprised by how many Crécy sources were sitting out there, virtually untouched.

Kelly: There were great sources in medieval Italian and Czech that scholars had ignored, but the most impactful in terms of new information were probably the eyewitness poems and the journal of King Edward III's kitchen. Michael was able to use the Kitchen Journal, for example, to very effectively plot the course of the entire Crécy campaign from start to finish: locations and rates of travel between them. It was really the final piece needed for him to prove that the battle was miles away from where everyone thought it was.

Michael: It's a remarkable document. I'd seen references that it existed, but the fact that no one had utilized such a useful source made us doubt it was real until we saw it in the National Archives. And the poems were incredible finds, too: we found at least two poems that were written by men who were in the thick of the fighting. They not only give us an enormous amount of raw data about who did what, but they also provide a powerful record of the raw trauma of the battle experience. These kinds of records really do serve as a window, even if a frightening one, into the past.  


How much has changed in light of the original material discovered from the sources? 

Michael: Everything?

Kelly: Not everything. The English did still win. 

Michael: (laughs) That's true. 

Kelly: It's pretty significant, though. When Michael established a different location for the battle, it didn't rewrite the books on Crécy, it just about erased them: battles are dependent on the grounds on which they are fought, and no one had the battle in the right place. As a result, centuries of scholars were forced to throw away or ignore source after source because they didn't fit the traditional battlesite. Move it as Michael did, though, and all these different sources suddenly fell into place. It cast everything in a new light. 

Michael: And Kelly really saw that in the tactics. With the old site, the old theories, you could never figure out what the French were thinking. Their actions were illogical from top to bottom. But when we walked the new location together Kelly was able to unfold it all quite easily. As he said, the tactics just fell into place. There were other surprises, too, like figuring out that the Black Prince, who's popularly regarded as something of a great hero in the Crécy myth, was captured on the field and only barely rescued. Or the fact it was a two-day battle. 

Kelly: And figuring out how King John of Bohemia died from the excavation report, which has only appeared in Czech. That was fascinating. 


How do you think your book may influence the direction of future research into the Battle of Crécy?

Kelly: I think it really resets the field in terms of what the base narrative of Crécy is. It'll take some time for people to read and adjust to these new understandings of the battle, but the evidence is all there. That's useful not just for anyone wanting to counter our theories, but it's also great for anyone wanting to jump off into the next stages of studying the event and its impact. 

Michael: I think more than anything what this volume does is it proves the utility of the casebook format that I started with the Battle of Brunanburh and then had continued with the Owain Glyndwr volume I mentioned earlier. There's just tremendous utility in gathering all these sources and presenting them for readers in the original languages with facing-page translations. When you do that, all the evidence is right there. We show you what we made of it in our essays, of course, but we also give any future scholars all the materials they would need to cut an alternative path through the sources. That gives these casebooks lasting utility and lasting impact.


Find The Battle of Crécy by Michael Livingston and Kelly DeVries available in all formats on our website 
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Pavilion Poetry Open for Submissions

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Heather Gallagher


Pavilion Poetry is open for submissions


We are delighted to announce submissions to our award-winning Pavilion Poetry series are being accepted during January 2017 for first full length collections only. If you are interested in working with our series editor, Professor Deryn Rees-Jones (Professor of Poetry at University of Liverpool and Next Generation Poet 2005) and being published alongside Mona Arshi (Forward Prize winner for Best First Collection 2015) and Ruby Robinson (shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2016), then please send a covering letter, your writing CV (detailing where you have previously published and any awards/prizes won), a collection of your poetry and a stamped self-addressed envelope to:


Alison Welsby, Editorial Director

Pavilion Poetry submissions

Liverpool University Press

4 Cambridge Street

Liverpool L69 7ZU



Only postal submissions will be accepted and they must be received at the above address between 1st – 31st January 2017. Due to the number of submissions expected, we are unable to offer feedback, however we will try and notify you of our decision by the end of March.


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A new chapter in books editorial

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Anthony Cond

Over the past dozen years Liverpool University Press has grown significantly. The 2004 catalogue featured just 7 titles with publication dates for that year: the Press now publishes more than 100 books a year and 28 journals.

LUP’s expansion has been built on a tight editorial focus across a few distinctive areas. Given the resulting strength in depth, LUP’s book commissioning team is now restructuring to have three dedicated, expert editors solely focused on their subjects and providing the best possible service to authors:


Alison Welsby, Editorial Director, oversees History, Classics and Art History.  Alison was formerly Commissioning Editor for History and Art History at Manchester University Press for 8 years, and has been the Editorial Director of LUP since 2011.



Jenny Howard is Senior Commissioning Editor for Literary Studies and Medieval Studies.  Jenny was formerly the Press’s Sales & Marketing Director.


Chloé Johnson is Commissioning Editor for Modern Languages and Postcolonial Studies.  Chloe began her career working on LUP’s journals, including the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Contemporary French Civilization and Modern Languages Open.


Anthony Cond, who commissioned across the lists from 2005 onwards, and has been the Press's Managing Director since 2008, will now focus solely on the Press's management and strategic direction.

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