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Outsourcing

The practice of arranging for some regular tasks to be carried out by freelancers, agents or companies (e.g. indexers, sales representatives and warehouse operators respectively).

In publishing, outsourcing has ebbed and flowed over the years. For instance, typesetting was such a specialized task that, up to 20 years ago, it was undertaken by external practitioners. With the DTP revolution much of this work moved in-house but now, to save on overheads, publishers are again outsourcing the work. Indeed, due to its widespread outsourcing practices, publishing is one of the world’s most globalized industries..

This definition is extracted from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup.

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