UCL Press News for November

Posted on November 15, 2019 by Alison Fox

November sees us publish 3 new titles, including a novel; and to add to the excitement we have gone over the 2.5 million downloads mark across our book content. See here for information on how our books are reaching a global audience.

New titles

Eva - A Novel by Carry van Bruggen

Translated and with a commentary by Jane Fenoulhet

Eva is a coming-of-age story set in an early twentieth-century small harbour town in the Netherlands that takes readers through the eponymous main character’s orthodox Jewish girlhood to marriage, divorce, and, finally, to independence and sexual freedom. Originally published in 1927, Dutch writer Carry van Bruggen (1881–1932) expresses Eva’s dawning sense of self and expanding subjectivity through fluid, stream-of-consciousness prose.  For the first time, Jane Fenoulhet has made this important, modernist novel accessible to English-language readers, her deft translation capturing the rich expressiveness of van Bruggen’s original Dutch. In insightful accompanying commentary, Fenoulhet describes the challenges of translating van Bruggen’s dynamic, intense narrative, which necessitated deep personal engagement with the novel.

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The North American Arctic

Themes in Regional Security

Edited by Dwayne Ryan Menezes and Heather N. Nicol

The North American Arctic addresses the emergence of a new security relationship within the North American North. It focuses on current and emerging security issues that confront the North American Arctic and that shape relationships between and with neighbouring states (Alaska in the US; Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut in Canada; Greenland and Russia). The book provides a framework or lens through which many new developments are assessed in order to understand their impact on a changing circumpolar region at different scales – from the level of community to the broader national and regional scale.

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Ancient Knowledge Networks

A Social Geography of Cuneiform Scholarship in First-Millennium Assyria and Babylonia

Eleanor Robson

'Eleanor Robson’s Ancient Knowledge Networks offers a fascinating portrait of the social and geographical life of cuneiform scholarship, scribal learning, or ṭupšarrūtu. It examines high cuneiform culture in the terms of the texts' own taxonomies of knowledge, while taking full account of relevant archaeological evidence and employing micro- and macro-geographical analysis. A lucid presentation of new ideas concerning the Assyrian and Babylonian first-millennium intelligentsia and their patrons, Ancient Knowledge Networks is a book for cuneiformists as well as non-specialist readers outside the ancient Middle Eastern fields.' - Francesca Rochberg, University of California, Berkeley

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UCL Press… New Summer titles…

Posted on September 20, 2019 by UCL Press

An overview of some of our new Summer highlights.

Worlds in Miniature

Contemplating Miniaturisation in Global Material Culture

Edited by Jack Davy and Charlotte Dixon

Miniaturisation is the creation of small objects that resemble larger ones, usually, but not always, for purposes different to those of the larger original object. Worlds in Miniature brings together researchers working across various regions, time periods and disciplines to explore the subject of miniaturisation as a material culture technique. It offers original contribution to the field of miniaturisation through its broad geographical scope, interdisciplinary approach, and deep understanding of miniatures and their diverse contexts.

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Published July 8th

Happiness and Utility

Essays Presented to Frederick Rosen

Edited by Georgios Varouxakis and Mark Philp

Happiness and Utility brings together experts on utilitarianism to explore the concept of happiness within the utilitarian tradition, situating it in earlier eighteenth-century thinkers and working through some of its developments at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Drawing on a range of philosophical and historical approaches to the study of the central idea of utilitarianism, the chapters provide a rich set of insights into a founding component of ethics and modern political and economic thought, as well as political and economic practice.

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Published July 29th

The Wild East

Criminal Political Economies in South Asia

Edited by Barbara Harriss-White and Lucia Michelutti

The Wild East bridges political economy and anthropology to examine a variety of il/legal economic sectors and businesses. The 11 case studies, based across India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, explore how state regulative law is often ignored and/or selectively manipulated. The emerging collective narrative shows the workings of regulated criminal economic systems where criminal formations, politicians, police, judges and bureaucrats are deeply intertwined.

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Published September 23rd

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UCL Press appoints Scientific Knowledge Services to promote its publishing services and consultancy in Europe

Posted on April 16, 2018 by UCL Press

UCL Press today announced new agreement with Scientific Knowledge Services (SKS) who will promote UCL Press’s publishing services, publishing consultancy and open access book publishing in Europe. 

By offering publishing consultancy and publishing services to other institutions, UCL Press aims to help others set up their own open access university press. It has already provided consultancy to UTS (University Technology Sydney), Helsinki University Press and TU Delft. 

SKS will help UCL Press to develop these services by promoting them more widely to universities across Europe. 

“UCL Press is delighted to be working with Scientific Knowledge Services on this important area of Open Science. New scholarly publishing models can transform the way that research and educational outputs are made available and the impact they have. UCL Press has new publishing models and services which can be shared with other universities across Europe. We are pleased to have formed a partnership with SKS to enable this to happen”, says Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-ViceProvost, UCL Library Services, and CEO of UCL Press. 

Scientific Knowledge Services (SKS) is a Swiss company backed up by 20 years of experience in working with academic, public and research libraries, focusing on Open Science elements like Open Access (OA), Research Data Management (RDM) and Citizen Science, as well as licenses for online electronic resources. 

The Managing Director of SKS, Dr. Tiberius Ignat says: “At SKS, we see this partnership equally as a great challenge and as an opportunity to re-affirm our support to a more open scientific environment. We believe that Open Science is a way of performing scientific advancement in which collaboration becomes a central element, as much as competition is. Promoting the services that are offered by UCL Press is a responsibility to which we dedicate a great part of our efforts. These novel services will greatly contribute to a very practical side of Open Access.” 

About UCL Press 

UCL Press launched in June 2015 as the UK’s first fully open access university press. Since then, it has gone on to publish over 60 books which have been downloaded over 800,000 times around the world. It publishes scholarly monographs, edited collections, textbooks and journals. Since late 2017, it has been offering consultancy and publishing services.

About SKS

Scientific Knowledge Services ( is a Swiss registered company that has an extensive experience in working close with libraries and content providers to facilitate access to scientific knowledge. SKS has a well-established practice in finding the right place where interests of libraries, universities, research organizations and content providers meet and in proposing winning solutions for all parties. Scientific Knowledge Services routes its efforts in understanding each market, by connecting and dedicating time to local communities, assisting the content providers to better serve the specific information needs of each country and supporting the advancement of Open Science elements.  

For media enquiries: 

Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager, UCL Press 

For business development enquiries:

Tiberius Ignat 

Lara Speicher

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UCL Press announces new North America print distribution partnership with University of Chicago Press

Posted on October 03, 2017 by Alison Fox

UCL Press is pleased to announce a new marketing and distribution partnership with University of Chicago Press, the publishing imprint of University of Chicago, USA. Effective January 1, 2018, the University of Chicago Press will distribute, sell, and market UCL Press books in North America.

Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager of UCL Press, reflected on the new partnership: “UCL Press is keen to expand its global reach, and making its books available in the USA and Canada is a critical component of this plan. Working with a university press such as Chicago and its long-established distribution program representing other university presses and scholarly publishers is the ideal partnership to help us expand our activities in North America.”

UCL Press is the university press of UCL, a research-intensive university ranked in the top 10 universities worldwide in the QS World Rankings. Since its inception as the first fully open access university press in the UK in 2015, UCL Press has established a widely respected list of scholarly monographs and textbooks ranging across anthropology, archaeology, history, architecture, environmental studies, popular science, and higher education. UCL Press publishes authors from UCL as well as many other institutions and makes all its books freely available online, as well as selling print copies through traditional retail channels.

Chicago marketing director Carol Kasper commented, “We at Chicago are delighted to welcome UCL Press to our family of publishers in the marketing distribution programme. UCL Press has made great strides in just a few years, and we look forward to partnering with them to raise their profile and better reach the North American market. We believe UCL books will find a good home with our growing group of client presses whose signature is serious non-fiction and scholarship.”

“We’re pleased to help introduce UCL Press’s books to our market and look forward to their great success,” added Joe D’Onofrio, Director at the Chicago Distribution Center.

Garrett Kiely, director of the University of Chicago Press, further said, “We are excited to continue to grow the Chicago Distribution Center and Chicago’s distinguished list of client publishers with the addition of UCL Press, whose high quality scholarship will fit well alongside many others in our catalogue.”

The University of Chicago Press’s distinctive and diverse list of distributed publishers includes the American Meteorological Society; Amsterdam University Press; the Bard Graduate Center; the Bodleian Library; Black Rose Books; Brigham Young University; Campus Verlag; the Center for the Study of Language and Information; Conservation International; the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago; Diaphanes; French National Museum of Natural History; GTA Verlag; HAU Books; Haus Publishing; Hirmer Publishers; Historic England; Intellect Books; Karolinum Press, Charles University, Prague; Leiden University Press; Logan Center Exhibitions, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts; McMullen Museum, Boston College; Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; Missouri Botanical Garden Press; Missouri History Museum; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Museum Tusculanum Press; National University of Singapore Press; Park Books; Policy Press at the University of Bristol; Prickly Paradigm Press; Reaktion Books; Renaissance Society; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Royal Collection Trust; Scheidegger and Spiess; Seagull Books; Solar Books; Tenov Books; Unicorn Press Ltd.; University of Alaska Press; University of Exeter Press; University of Wales Press; and Zed Books.

As of January 1, 2018 all UCL Press backlist and forthcoming titles in North America will ship from the Chicago Distribution Center. Booksellers should contact the University of Chicago Press sales team:

The University of Chicago Press Chicago Distribution Center 11030 South Langley Ave. Chicago, IL 60628 USA

Telephone: 1-800-621-2736 (US & Canada); (773) 702-7000 (Rest of world)  
Fax: 1-800-621-8476 (US & Canada); (773) 702-7212 (Rest of world) 

All customers in the UK and the rest of the world should continue to use their current contacts. 

For all UK and Ireland trade orders, please contact:

Compass Academic
Tel: 01628 559500 

For all other trade orders please contact NBN International:
10 Thornbury Road
Orders to:
Customer service: 
Orders and Customer Service: +44 (0)1752 202301

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UCL Press partners with Worldreader

Posted on February 15, 2016 by UCL Press

UCL Press, the UK’s first fully open access university press, announced today that their content will be distributed by Worldreader, a non-profit organisation with a mission to bring digital books to readers in the Global South, as one resource for them to draw on and so improve their lives by providing access to materials otherwise unavailable.

UCL Press will provide access to books that seek to address the grand challenges as experienced in the Global South. UCL Press will aim to publish a number of volumes on this theme. An early example is Participatory Planning for Climate Compatible Development in Maputo, Mozambique, a practitioners’ handbook (dual language English-Portuguese) that builds upon the experience of a pilot project that was awarded the United Nations ‘Lighthouse Activity’ Award. Look here for further information.

Worldreader, which has its headquarters in San Francisco with offices in Barcelona, London, Accra and New Delhi, has reached in excess of 5 million readers in 69 countries since 2010 by offering free e-books on its platforms for use on e-readers, mobile phones and via other digital technologies.

Paul Ayris, CEO of UCL Press said: “This partnership demonstrates not only UCL’s commitment to removing the barriers to quality scholarly content, but also to addressing the grand challenges of the Global South. We are delighted to announce this partnership.”

Dame Nicola Brewer, Vice-Provost (International) said: “This initiative fits neatly with UCL’s new Global Engagement Strategy, which  expresses our commitment to maximising impact from research through open access. Making scholarship more easily – and cheaply – available to a wider range of countries speaks in particular to one of our strategic drivers: increasing global independent research capability. And it is in tune with the spirit of a generous partner, and the concept of ‘partnerships of equivalence’. So I am delighted that UCL is teaming up with Worldreader to offer this.”

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