Academic Library · United Kingdom

UCL Press


Lara Specicher, Head of Publishing, UCL Press
Email: uclpresspublishing@ucl.ac.uk

Program Overview

Vision: For UCL Press to be recognized as one of the leading Open Access publishers in the world. Mission: To publish high-quality and cutting-edge research outputs; To achieve maximum global reach and impact for its publications and achieve wide engagement with global audiences; To support the field of academic publishing, through practice, training, research and sharing of data; To represent a range of key academic research interests, with a particular focus on the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; To support early career researchers and first book publishing; To uphold a strong commitment to research and publication ethics; To demonstrate a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in all its activities; To promote the integration of research and education in the outputs of the Press; Shares UCL’s commitment to sustainability: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable/policy-and-strategy.
  • Publishing activities began: 2015
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 11.8
  • Individual people: 12
  • Funding sources: Grants, Library operating budget, Sales revenue, Author fees

Publishing Activities

  • Educational resources
  • Journals
  • Monographs

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 21
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 5
  • Campus-based student-created: 6
  • Contracted by external groups: 8
  • Peer-reviewed: 21
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 50
  • Peer-reviewed: 50
  • Required fee to enable Open Access: 9


Top Publications:
  • How the World Changed Social Media (monograph)
  • A History of Scientific Journals (monograph)
  • Millicent Garrett Fawcett: Selected writings (edited collection)
  • London Review of Education (journal)
  • UCL Open: Environment (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Anthropology
  • Built environment
  • History
  • Area studies
  • Archaeology


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty, Graduate students, Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: open access books and journals
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • multimedia
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • EPrints
  • Janeway

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • Developmental and/or substantive editing
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • budget preparation
  • cataloging
  • compiling indexes and/or TOCs
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Portico


Additional Information

Last Year:
Expansion of team, with additional staff in journals and production.
Future Plans:
Expansion of programme to include textbooks and OER. Expansion of team, with additional staff in journals and editorial.