A major component of NP is its structural blueprint of a process of study. The process is intuitive since NP by its nature is perennially confronted with re-inventing what a viable knowledge-producing university press looks like, how it functions, who it serves. In order to consistently assess new contexts and research outputs, NP itself is thus faced with the need to consistently access new ideas and communicate with new audiences. Without “study,” NP devolves into reproducing the identical press over and over again. Study brings the "new": thus NP first and foremost follows the forms of study.
NP thematics are generated and assessed through its parent organization, the nonprofit publisher and exhibition space Counterpath. NP also works to host talks and workshops at any location it visits as new presses are generated. Additionally, NP works to incorporate structures of study within new presses themselves. This study may take the form of dedicated publishing syllabi and courses at the member institution or non-traditional press components such as exhibitions, performances, or as-yet-determined collectivities that may emerge.