University College London (UCL)

University College London (UCL)

UCL Press
Twitter: @uclpress Instagram: @uclpress
United Kingdom

Primary Contact:
Lara Speicher
Publishing Manager

Program Overview

UCL Press is the first fully Open Access University Press in the UK. It seeks to use modern technologies and 21st-century means of publishing/dissemination radically to change the prevailing models for the publication of research outputs. Grounded in the Open Science/Open Scholarship agenda, UCL Press will seek to make its published outputs available to a global audience, irrespective of their ability to pay, because UCL believes that this is the best way to tackle global Grand Challenges such as poverty, disease, hunger.

Year publishing activities began: 2015

Organization: Centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: 6

Funding sources (%):

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): 5

Open access focus (1–5): 5

Advisory/editorial board: Yes

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018: 2 Textbooks; 34 Monographs; 4 journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups; 4 campus­-based faculty-­driven journals

Library publications in 2018: 7 campus-­based student­ driven journals

Number of open access titles: ALL titles are open access

Number of paid titles: 0

Number of hybrid titles: 0

Media formats: PDF, HTML, Print

Disciplinary specialties: Anthropology, Archaeology, Built Environment, History

Top publications: How the World Changed Social Media (book); Sustainable Food Systems: The Role of the City (Book); Fabricate: Rethinking Design and Construction (Book); Memorandoms of James Martin: An Astonishing Escape from Early New South Wales (Book); Architecture_mps (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

Internal partners: campus departments/ programs; individual faculty; graduate and undergraduate students

External partners: UK Publishers Association, ALPSP, IPG

Publishing platform(s): ePrints; OJS for student journals

Digital preservation strategy: Portico

Additional services:

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: From 2017/18, UCL Press will be publishing 50 books a year
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