Many academics are signing a petition and sharing their concerns about the future of Ashgate Publishing, which was purchased by Informa (the parent company of Taylor & Francis). Both Ashgate and Taylor & Francis publish scholarly books and are seen as important venues for professors' work. The petition appeals to Informa to stop a planned closure of an Ashgate office in the United States, and rumored closings of an office in Britain.
"Independent academic presses like Ashgate have offered a safe haven for scholars working in certain subfields as university presses closed entire publishing specializations and fired editorial staff in response to campus austerity measures," says the petition. Representatives of Informa and Taylor & Francis did not respond to email messages seeking a response.