AUP makes use of the peer reviewing system: submissions are assessed by an editorial board of expert scholars from Dutch and Flemish universities. AUP explicitly supports open access, and combines in its publishing policy the use of repositories and print-on-demand provisions with traditional printing. AUP is one of thirteen publishers to participate in the Knowledge Unlatched pilot, a global library consortium approach to funding open access books.
AUP's stocklist currently comprises different academic disciplines, including language and literature, archaeology, management studies, cultural studies, film and media, art and art history, music and theatre studies, as well as social sciences, ranging from migration and integration to Asian studies. In addition, AUP is active in educational publishing for high school and higher education, as well as popular science.
There are various imprints linked to AUP. Vossiuspers UvA publishes the works of the University of Amsterdam’s scholarse. Moreover, all inaugural lectures of UvA professors appear under this imprint. And in 2004, under the name Pallas Publications, AUP began a new service allowing authors, institutions, and organizations the opportunity to have their academic publications produced, distributed, and promoted.