Aarhus Universitetsforlag

About us

Key words

The Press is characterized by

  • Outstanding research publications for academic communities around the world
  • Transformation of research into trade books for the general reader
  • Knowledge dissemination on multiple platforms from radio to apps
  • Collaborative partnerships for maximum outreach
  • Top-quality book craftsmanship
  • The strongest English publishing line in the Nordic region
  • Membership of Association of University Presses (AUPresses)


Aarhus University Press is a not-for-profit publisher of scholarly literature and mainstream non-fiction publications. Our aim is to disseminate knowledge. All academic and popular books undergo rigorous editorial support, attentive quality control and diligent design care, and they share a strong academic base. All publications are peer reviewed.

Aarhus University Press is the largest university publishing house in the Nordic region, releasing 100 titles each year and with a backlist of 2000 titles, 400 of which are in English. We are particularly strong in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, classics, education, fine arts, history, literary studies, and science. Our two distributors, Oxbow Books in Oxford, UK, and ISD in Connecticut, USA, manage our printed and digitals books to secure a global reach.


We have several titles in commission from other publishers, including: The National Museum in Denmark, Jutland Archaeological Society, The Danish Institute at Athens, The Nordic Summer University (NSU) and The Royal Academy of Music.

We collaborate extensively with scholarly societies, cultural institutions, open universities, schools, and media houses to reach the wider public. Theatres rework our books as theatrical performances. We provide media houses, museums, labour unions, private companies, among others, with high quality content. Content from our books is built into apps for smartphones and tablets, used on websites aimed at secondary and high school education, forms the basis of podcasts and radio programs, and is transformed into lectures at public libraries and open universities. Through these diverse partnerships, our publications have maximum outreach.

Popular publications

One of the Press’s most successful publications belong to the Danish series ‘Tænkepauser’. In this award-winning series, scholars present their academic research in an easily digestible form to non-specialists. Since the introduction of the series in 2012, 78 titles have been published in more than 1.5 million copies. Since 2020, the series has also been published in English as ‘Reflections



Incoming manuscripts are evaluated by different boards, professional experts and acquisitions editors. Write to proposal@unipress.au.dk if you wish to submit a manuscript or a book proposal to Aarhus University Press. Ideas can be discussed with Director, Carsten Fenger-Grøndahl, Editor in Chief, Søren Mogensen Larsen, or the acquisitions editors. For questions regarding rights, email Rights Manager, Karina Bell Ottosen.



The Press

The Press began as a private foundation in 1985 aiming to promote the dissemination of research results at Aarhus University. In 2013, the Press became a limited liability company 100 percent owned by the Aarhus University Research Foundation. Since 2017, the Press has been located in a very special building, the former head office of the internationally well-known furniture architect, Poul Cadovius, who designed the iconic shelving system Royal System® together with the building itself. The Press also houses Videnslyd A/S, a radio and podcast production company partly owned by the Press, engaged in knowledge dissemination through audio.

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Aarhus University Press is a member of the Association of University Presses. 




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