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Crete University Press
Crete University Press (CUP- /http://www.cup.gr/ ) was founded in 1985, when the Pancretan Association of America decided to bestow the annual interest of a fund totaling $500,000, compiled by voluntary contributions from the Association’s members, for the funding of a university press modeled upon similar publishing houses of the Anglo-saxon countries.
Under an agreement between the Pancretan Association and the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH), Crete University Press (CUP) operates as an independent non-profit publishing house within the Foundation’s framework, receiving infrastructure and accounting services support.
The funding of CUP’s publishing activity is based for the most part (approximately 90%) on revenue from book sales and for the remainder on the annual financial support from FORTH and the Pancretan Association of America.
The primary publishing objectives of CUP are:
• The creation of a corpus of scientific bibliography in the greek language, on a par with the highest international standards. The publishing support of scientific research on greek culture.
• The diffusion of scientific knowledge to the lay public (popularization of science).
• The scientific study and documentation of the greek musical tradition by producing records on traditional as well as contemporary greek music.
• The participation in greek and/or international research projects, aiming to promote novel educational technologies and relevant publishing activities (digital books, multimedia, etc).
The Director of CUP is Stefanos Trachanas, assisted:
– by the Editorial Board G. M. Sifakis, E. N. Economou, P. Ditsas, Chr. Chadjiiosif,
– for matters of general editorial policies and practices.
As of today, about 372 titles have been published from CUP – at an average of 20 new titles per year – and approximately one million copies of these titles have been sold within Greece.
As an important evidence of CUP’s esteem by the academia, CUP’s titles are being used as the main tutorial textbooks in about 1000 courses throughout Greek universities.
CUP has been honoured with numerous and important distinctions, both for its publishing activity as a whole and for the high quality of specific editions – including prizes from the Academy of Athens, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, the Greek Association of Music and Theatre Critics, etc.
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