New UCL Research Collections

Posted on December 17, 2020 by Alison Fox

UCL Press, in partnership with ScienceOpen, has recently launched a new platform that presents themed collections of UCL-authored research. 

Following the successful partnership with ScienceOpen who host UCL Press’s journals online, these research collections bring together records of UCL authored published articles, pre-prints, book chapters, conference proceedings, working papers and reports from a global database, into specific themes.

The first collection launched earlier in 2020 collated UCL’s COVID-19 research to bring together all UCL records for research on the pandemic into one place. With over 900+ publications listed receiving over 22,000 views, the collection continues to grow as new content is added as and when it is published.

As well as the collection of all UCL’s COVID-19 research outputs, a second collection of UCL sustainable development-related research launched in December 2020. Divided into the 17 separate UN SDGs, users can view UCL research related to each of the goals and filter each collection by key words. The UCL SDG collections can be accessed from UCL’s new SDG website that highlights a range of activity at UCL in support of the SDGs, which went live earlier this autumn.

Each collection uses metadata (catalogue descriptions) to pull in research from a range of outlets from traditional commercial journals to pre-print servers. Where the research is open access, the platform makes the full text of the publication available.

“These collections contribute to UCL’s mission to disseminate its research widely and openly throughout the world,” says Dr Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services & UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship).


“The collections demonstrate the vast and diverse amount of research at UCL that is helping to achieve the 17 SDGs,” says Simon Knowles, Head of Coordination (SDGs). “It should also facilitate future collaborations by helping researchers to identify others across UCL’s different disciplines who are working to solve similar challenges related to the SDGs.”


Future UCL research collections are in development and will be announced at a later date. For more information please see the UCL Press research collections webpage or contact Ian Caswell, UCL Press Journals Manager (

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