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Doing Simple Things Well, a No Shelf Required Feature 22 July 2020

The influential No Shelf Required online library magazine ran a major feature on Cambridge Scholars Publishing in its July 2020 edition. 

To read about how CSP “Does Simple Things Well”, four “Surprising Things” about CSP; a commitment to long-form research; how we think global but act local; and the fascinating history behind our Library home….click here.

Here’s a flavour of the feature, written by NSR Editorial Director Mirela Roncevic,:

Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Doing Simple Things Well

Something of a shockwave ran through the publishing world in Spring 2019 when Stanford University announced it could no longer support its University Press, and that the venerable and high-prestige Stanford University Press (founded in 1892) would be closing. A shock, but for many, no real surprise, as a chilly wind had been blowing through the academic monograph publishing industry for several years. Outside of a shelter under the wing of a giant multinational (Routledge, Wiley), or life as a tiny niche labor-of-love press, is there a future?  The Stanford story, despite its subsequent temporary stay of execution, said – maybe not.

So we were intrigued to hear of an independent scholarly monograph publisher who wasn’t complaining about the chill. One which was expanding, not consolidating; was broadening its publishing horizons, not narrowing them; and that was staying – solidly and defiantly – rooted in publishing academic books for a university market. That led us to learn the story of Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP) and seeing a publisher taking the refreshing approach of doing simple things, well….

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Meet the Publisher: Damian Baker 22 April 2020

Visitors to our website will be familiar with our ‘Meet our Authors’ section. While we aim to put our authors first in everything we do, we also want to tell you a little about the people who help to transform an idea and a manuscript into a published title.

In the latest in our ‘Meet the Publisher’ series, we would like to introduce our Head of Production, Damian Baker. A native of Tauranga, New Zealand, Damian first moved to Newcastle in 2012 with his wife and son, and joined Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the summer of 2019.

Damian has had a long and varied career in print and production, from an early career as a Graphic Artist, to a 7-year stint for Fuji-Xerox New Zealand, in addition to managing a high-volume digital colour press for a Newcastle-based commercial printer.

Outside of work, Damian is an active member of the local Scouts Association, which his two sons, aged 7 and 11, attend. The Baker family enjoy rugby, surfing in the summer months, visiting National Trust locations, and exploring the spectacular Northumberland countryside.

When he does find time to relax, Damian can usually be found outdoors in the garden, ideally in front of a barbeque!

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Meet our Authors: Graeme Baber 13 March 2020

Graeme Baber graduated from the University of Oxford in 1990, having attended University College from 1987. After picking up qualifications in numerous disciplines over many years of study, including law, economics, finance, management, and computer science, he attained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in May 2009.

Graeme has been a constant presence at Cambridge Scholars ever since, with his first monograph with us being an adaptation of his doctoral thesis, entitled The Impact of Legislation and Regulation on the Freedom of Movement of Capital in Estonia, Poland and Latvia, published in June 2010.

Since this time, Graeme has published numerous scholarly articles, mainly in financial law, and taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Kings College London, and BPP University, UK, from which he resigned as a Senior Lecturer in February 2015 in order to write as an independent scholar. In addition to his first title, Graeme has written seven other monographs focusing on the areas of financial and international law, three of which have been published by Cambridge Scholars. His most recent title with CSP is The United Nations System: A Synopsis, published in June 2019.

He is currently writing a ninth book, also with CSP, which is preliminarily titled Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Punctually: An Impossible Remit? and which seeks to engage with one of the major international issues of our times.

Graeme has shared some thoughts on his experience of working and publishing with CSP, which you can read below:

“CSP and I have worked together for more than a decade—the initial contact being made to me by Carol Koulikourdi, who kindly offered CSP's services to publish my completed doctoral thesis at a point at which I had been struggling with six or so traditional publishers to produce it. Later, with eight monographs and forty other publications to my name, and experience of teaching in University departments, I am a successful independent scholar—which in those days looked a challenge indeed.

In addition to the initial monograph, The Impact of Legislation and Regulation on the Freedom of Movement of Capital in Estonia, Poland and Latvia, CSP has promptly published my books The Free Movement of Capital and Financial Services: An Exposition, Essays on International Law, and The United Nations System: A Synopsis, and is the publisher with which I am currently working to complete and publish Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Punctually: An Impossible Remit? by the end of the year.”

As part of the ‘Meet our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on all of Graeme’s titles with us. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR20 at the checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th April 2020.

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Meet our Authors: Mary Munro-Hill 13 March 2020

Mary Munro-Hill holds BA degrees in Latin and French, an MA and PhD in French, and a BD and MTh in Theology. After retiring from a career of teaching languages and theology in universities, colleges and schools, she is now an Honorary Fellow at the University of Hull, UK, where she was a Visiting Tutor in French Language from 1995 to 2017 and also served as a member of the Chaplaincy team from 2007 to 2013.

A life-long lover of languages both classical and modern, but with a particular passion for French, Mary’s recent scholarship has focused primarily on the French literary critic and grammarian Maurice Aristide Chapelan and his writing for the influential daily newspaper Le Figaro.  She became particularly interested in the chronique du langage as a genre and in the articles of Chapelan, published under his middle name, Aristide, in Le Figaro.  This interest resulted in her first two books: Aristide of Le Figaro in 2017, marking the 25th anniversary of Chapelan’s death, and Claude Duneton, Chroniqueur at Le Figaro in 2018. Duneton, who died in 2012, was Chapelan’s successor at Le Figaro.  Mary’s third book, Maurice Aristide Chapelan, Man of Three Parts, published in 2019, introduced her readers to some of Chapelan’s other writings: his literary criticism, biographies, poetry and novels.

We asked Mary to describe exactly what first drew her to Chapelan. Here’s what she had to say:

“He was obviously a writer who loved the French language and wrote entertaining articles on grammar. I was not disappointed when I met him in 1986—what a brilliant and witty man!  Aristide died in 1992.  In 2017, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death, I had my first book published, Aristide of Le Figaro. In 2019, my second book on Aristide (Maurice Chapelan) was published: Maurice Aristide Chapelan, Man of Three Parts—this man was far more than a newspaper grammarian.

In the intervening year, I published a book on another French grammarian and famous writer, Claude Duneton, who succeeded Aristide at Le Figaro.  I had met him in 1994 when he was about to embark on his new career as chroniqueur du langage.  He was very different from Maurice Chapelan, but equally erudite. Claude died in 2012 and, wishing to honour him, I wrote my book, Claude Duneton, Chroniqueur at Le Figaro.”

Mary’s current project is another work on Maurice Chapelan, this time focusing on his poetry and aphorisms, which she hopes to submit to Cambridge Scholars for publication before the end of 2020. Having been researching and writing on Chapelan and Le Figaro since the very beginning of her academic career, including a PhD thesis at the University of Hull, there is arguably no figure with as much authority on the topic as Mary in the English-speaking world.

Cambridge Scholars have been delighted to assist Mary in her endeavour to bring recognition of Chapelan to the wider world. Here’s what she had to say on her experience of working with us:

“I am very grateful to Cambridge Scholars Publishing for accepting my three books for publication, and hope to publish more with them in the coming years. The various members of staff with whom I have had the pleasure of working since 2016 have ensured a happy outcome, both for me and for my books, before, during and after publication. Thank you all so much, Cambridge Scholars!”

As well as her published work in French language and literature, Mary is a church organist, having started to play at the age of eight. She gained the Archbishops’ Award in Church Music from the Guild of Church Musicians in 2017.  She describes Theology as her other great passion in life, having become a Reader (Licensed Lay Minister) in 1979 and gained a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1982 and a Master of Theology degree in 2017.

As part of the ‘Meet our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on all three of Mary’s books. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR20 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th April 2020.

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Book of the Month - March 2020 02 March 2020

Our Book of the Month for March is The United Nations System: A Synopsis, by one of our most prolific and respected authors, Dr Graeme Baber. The book is Graeme’s 4th publication with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and serves as an expansion to a chapter of his previous work, Essays on International Law, published by Cambridge Scholars in late 2016.

The book is available to purchase throughout March at a 60% discount, which you can redeem by entering the code ‘BOMMAR60’ at the checkout on our website.

While few would go so far as to call The United Nations a flawless organisation, since its inception at the conclusion of the Second World War it is has nonetheless striven to be a unifying force for good on the world stage.

When most of us think of the UN, our minds are naturally drawn to things such as the upholding of human rights, the de-escalation of tensions, or the provision of humanitarian aid, but just how far does the UN’s remit go? Is there a way to measure the success of its many ventures, and how exactly does an international conglomeration of 193 member states, many of whom are in direct conflict with each other, effectively organise itself? These are just a few of the questions that the book seeks to answer.

Using the UN’s own charter as an analytical framework, Dr Baber provides a condensed history of the UN as an institution, whilst scrutinising the organisational effectiveness of its many and various systems, with a particular focus on its Funds and Programmes, Specialized Agencies, and Regional Commissions. The book lays out, in clear terms, exactly what the global role of the UN is, while simultaneously providing key insights in terms of where and how the organisation can improve.

Concisely written, yet comprehensive in its scope and content, The United Nations System: A Synopsis will be an essential companion to anybody with an interest in the vast complexities of how our world operates on a global scale, from the development of global education and sustainable development, right the way through to peacekeeping, security, and the eradication of poverty.

In writing this book, Dr Baber demonstrates that, while far from perfect, the UN nevertheless remains one of humanity’s most significant achievements in terms of peaceful international co-operation, and should not easily be taken for granted.

Graeme Baber is an independent legal researcher, specialising in financial law and aspects of international law. His previous monographs are The Impact of Legislation and Regulation on the Freedom of Movement of Capital in Estonia, Poland and Latvia (2010); The Free Movement of Capital and Financial Services: An Exposition? (2014); The European Union and the Global Financial Crisis: A View from 2016 (2016); Essays on International Law (2017); International Financial Law: Quo Vadis? (2017); and Preferential Trade Agreements and International Law (2018). He is also an experienced university teacher and has published many papers.

To read an extract of The United Nations System: A Synopsis, or to get your hands on a copy, you can visit its page on our website.

Other works by Graeme Baber published by Cambridge Scholars:

The Impact of Legislation and Regulation on the Freedom of Movement of Capital in Estonia, Poland and Latvia

The Free Movement of Capital and Financial Services: An Exposition?

Essays on International Law

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Meet the Publisher: Adam Rummens 18 February 2020

While we strive to keep our authors at the heart of everything we do here at Cambridge Scholars Publishing, it's nice, every once in a while, to spare a thought for our unsung heroes who silently plug away behind the scenes. For this edition of Meet the Publisher, that honour goes to our resident Commissioning Editor, Adam Rummens.

A native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Adam joined Cambridge Scholars straight out of university in March 2014, and has gone on to become one of the longest-serving members of our editorial team, overseeing Social Sciences. A man of few words but many talents, Adam's calm, care-free demeanour brings regular welcome respite during the hectic day-to-day activities of the publishing world. On top of that, he's also the undisputed office champion for typing speed!

Adam holds a degree in English Language from Newcastle University, and takes a particular interest in the etymologies of place-names, along with a fascination in how new words enter into common usage, 'an extended study I did in my final year explored the extent to which new words are introduced to the language community through explanation, and how long after their coinage this process of explanation lasts. It was interesting using linguistics corpora to examine new words in context, mostly in newspapers.'

Quite naturally then, one of Adam's personal highlights at CSP was the work he did on the recently published edited collection Naming, Identity, and Tourism, which studies the origins of place-names and how these come to influence the identity and culture of the surrounding area and communities.

In terms of literature, Adam names his favourite book as Kurt Vonnegut's classic anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse 5, remarking that he is 'captivated by Vonnegut's style of writing - I think it's incredibly thought-provoking too, in terms of the damage war does, of course, but also philosophically in the way it explores and questions the linearity of time.'

An avid rambler, in his spare time Adam loves exploring the great outdoors, being a former member of Newcastle University's fellwalking society, in addition to being a keen mountaineer, having last year climbed to the summit of Helvellyn in the Lake District, an impressive feat indeed!

Adam is a long-suffering (and patient) supporter of Newcastle United FC, getting to games whenever he can, and still lives happily in the city in which he grew up.

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Meet Our Authors: Per Aage Brandt 17 February 2020

Per Aage Brandt is retired a Danish professor of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. Per’s most recent work, the co-authored essay collection The Music of Meaning: Essays in Cognitive Semiotics, was published by Cambridge Scholars in late 2019.

During his hugely successful career Per founded the Center for Semiotics at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, as well as the journal Cognitive Semiotics.

Listing all of Per’s numerous accomplishments is a task that falls far beyond the parameters of this article - this prolific scholar is the author of over 20 books and 300 articles across multiple disciplines including philosophy, semiotics, general linguistics, philology, literature, aesthetics, and music. As well as all this, he is also a recognized poet, translator, and an active jazz pianist and composer.

In 2002 he was awarded the Grand Prix de Philosophie of the French Academy. Of his many studies and projects, he considers the unification of cognitive and semiotic studies of meaning to be his most important.

Here’s what Per had to say on his time working with Cambridge Scholars:

"I was invited to publish at the Cambridge Scholars, and as my daughter Line Brandt very successfully had published her great work The Communicative Mind: A Linguistic Exploration of Conceptual Integration and Meaning Construction here, I was immediately convinced that this would be the right place for these essays.

I had seen how carefully the Cambridge Scholars editors managed to handle even extremely complicated texts, including its complicated graphic illustrations, and now I was again to experience an impressively smooth, competent, professional and even very quick process of production involving good human contact and cooperation. I must say I am very happy with this experience and ready to recommend this dynamic academic publishing company to anyone who appreciates solid editorial performance."

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Per’s The Music of Meaning: Essays in Cognitive Semiotics. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BRANDT50 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 17th March 2020.

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Meet our Authors: Antonio Fontana 14 February 2020

Our first featured author this month is independent scholar Antonio Fontana.

An emerging scholar with an incredibly bright future, Antonio holds an MA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Modern Intellectual History from CUNY Graduate Center, USA, in 2012. His primary area of research concerns 19th and 20th century German Romantic and English Victorian literature. He is especially interested in the aestheticisation of political violence and political terror in Germany and Europe during World War II, and processes of political, social, and cultural dehumanization and their relation to aesthetics, aesthetic theory, and art. He is also interested in post-colonial theory and critical race theory, as well as neo-and post-Marxian analyses of literature and art.

Cambridge Scholars were delighted to publish Antonio’s debut monograph, Nietzsche and the Critique of Revolution, late last year. The work combines genealogical and historical investigation with analysis of Nietzsche’s life-long philosophical and ideological struggle against the forces of modernity.

Antonio has kindly shared his thoughts on his experience while working with Cambridge Scholars, which you can read below:

“In the course of my online research for scholarly publishing outlets that would be suitable for publishing my work, Nietzsche and the Critique of Revolution, I stumbled upon Cambridge Scholars Publishing. As a consequence of further research and a thorough review of the works it has published, I decided to publish my work under its aegis.

My experience in publishing with Cambridge Scholars has been nothing short of wonderful. The editorial team were an immense help in facilitating the process, and were extremely kind, helpful, and considerate throughout. Specifically, they were instrumental in providing me with a workable framework within which I was able to submit and resubmit my manuscript, and to make the necessary editorial corrections.

Cambridge Scholars have also successfully been able to secure my work for notable universities, scholarly institutions, and libraries all around Europe and the U.S. In fact. I hope that Cambridge Scholars will continue to promote and circulate my work with even more scholars, academics, and institutions of higher learning, and scholarly research. I intend to continue to work with Cambridge Scholars in the future.”

As part of the ‘Meet our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Nietzsche and the Critique of Revolution. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code FONTANA50 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 17th March 2020.

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World Cancer Day 2020 31 January 2020

February 4th marks 20 years of World Cancer Day. An initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the day has become a global movement in its own right, uniting people all over the world to take action.

At Cambridge Scholars we’re committed to furthering awareness and education in the fight against the disease. In celebration of World Cancer Day, we’re highlighting three exceptional publications aiming to understand and eradicate cancer for good. The books are available at a 50% discount until March – just use the code ‘ACTION50’ at the checkout on our website.

The History and Mystery of Breast Cancer is a fascinating study that touches on the history of medicine, the philosophy of science, and the introduction of the humanities into medical education. In it Michael Baum uses his vast experience to answer many of the most pressing questions about the disease. Provoked by two instances of breast cancer in his family, the book is “intensely personal yet contains sophisticated science”, notes Dr Margaret Spittle OBE. It is a text worthy of a wide audience. One of Britain’s most distinguished and respected surgeons, Michael Baum has held Chairs of Surgery at such prestigious institutions as Kings College London, the Institute of Cancer Research, UK, and University College London.

Oral Cancer: From Prevention to Intervention is a concise, informed and practical manual detailing the cause, deterrence and interventional treatment of oral cancer. Spanning nearly 40 years of clinical investigation, it reviews the biological basis of oral cancer, outlines primary, secondary and tertiary preventive strategies and describe a pragmatic treatment intervention protocol that specifically utilizes the ‘potentially malignant window’ to identify malignant disease at the earliest possible stage and intervention to ‘stop the oral cancer clock’ and halt the progression of this deadliest of oral diseases. The book’s author Peter Thomson has published and presented over 250 research papers in oral oncology, and is an internationally recognised authority on carcinogenesis.

George D. K. Gogichadze, Professor of at Tbilisi State Medical University, has dedicated his adult life to researching cancer, with the vast majority of his scientific publications (over 230) being dedicated to the topic. He is the author of 30 published books on the subject, and his most recent volume is no different. The Paradoxical Situation in Carcinogenesis: Optimistic Mistake or Pessimistic Truth? focuses on the ethical problems related to carcinogenesis and discusses the karyogamic theory in a new light, using new arguments to consider the prospects of cancer prevention and treatment.

To find out more about the authors or to read an extract of the books you can click on the front covers above.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - February 2020 31 January 2020

Our ‘Recommended Read’ for February has been chosen by Professor Clara Sarmento. One of our most prolific writers, she has authored or co-authored 6 books with Cambridge Scholars, with her seventh due for release later this year. In addition to being a regular contributor to this section, she is also a valued and trusted member of our Anthropology Editorial Advisory Board

Her choice is Folkloric Aspects of the Romanian Imaginary and Myth by Claudia Costin (Ştefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania), published in August 2018, which seeks to shed new light on the mythical-ritualistic aspects of Romanian folkloric traditions, a topic which has been steadily returning to popular cultural consciousness in the country after much of it was suppressed during the communist era. The book has plenty to offer not only to those specifically interested in Romanian cultural history, but to anthropologists and general readers with in interest in cultural interaction and dissection.

As explained in the Foreword, the book “addresses more than just specialists but people from all walks of life, it can be seen as a “bridge” between cultures, between people willing to discover, beyond the elements that reveal identity and aspects that configure or reconfigure the similarities in the grand diversity.”

Cambridge Scholars are offering a 50% discount on Clara’s choice throughout February. You can redeem the discount by using the code ‘EABFEB20’ on our website when purchasing the book.

Here’s what Clara had to say about the book:

“Claudia Costin challenges the times and spaces of globalization, by combining the study of national identities with the classical synthesis of myth and reality, in the peculiar realm of Romanian culture, strategically located at the crossroads of East and West, as well as in the margins of the Ottoman, the Tsarist, and the Austro-Hungarian Empires.

The author addresses the diversity of Romanian popular culture and folklore – from music and dance to gastronomy, fairy tales, and rituals – as keepers of the spiritual structure of the Balkans. The cultural identity of Romania is revealed through traditions and collective memories, creating a sense of unity within the wider search for reconstruction and national identity of this former communist state.

In fact, resistance to the impositions of globalization is marked by the way local communities preserve and transmit their oral traditions, myths and precepts of common knowledge, whose cultural symbolism, ethics and aesthetics function as educational tools for intercultural competence. Such manifestations of memory as part of identity, both individual and collective, are also a key factor for the continuity, coherence and (re)construction of communities. In this book, narratives of local culture allow to analyze critically the discourses that guide the logic of identity and the practices that move (and are moved by) current and retrospective representations of reality.

 Costin successfully manages to describe such diversity as an ontological dimension, where self and other are no longer hostile opposites but examples of effective intercultural communication. A universe of challenging symbols, employed for regulating and protecting the community, sheds light on the practices and representations that infuse the cultural codes of the Romanian imaginary.”

To learn more about the volume and its author, to read a sample extract from the text, or to purchase the book with your 50% discount you can follow this link. For more information on our reviewer, you can click here.

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