UCL Press’ open access ebooks top most-read chart

Posted on August 13, 2018 by Alison Fox

Books published by UCL Press and authored by UCL academics are the most-read open access ebooks on JSTOR, an online library which provides access to more than 12 million academic articles and books.

How the World Changed Social Media authored by UCL Professor of Anthropology Daniel Miller and a collective of eight other esteemed global anthropologists is the most read.

This is closely followed in second place by Social Media in Industrial China authored by Dr Xinyuan Wang (UCL Anthropology) and Social Media in an English Village, also authored by Professor Miller, which is ranked fourth. All the books are part of the ‘Why We Post’ series.

The success follows on from news earlier this year that UCL Press, the UK’s first fully Open Access University Press which launched in 2015, achieved a significant milestone of one million downloaded copies of its books globally.

Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager at UCL Press, said: “We are thrilled to see how popular books authored by UCL academics and published by UCL Press are proving to be, particularly given the relatively short period time we have been operating for. This news tops off a fantastic year for us and we are looking forward to promoting the brilliant work of many more authors.”

UCL Press’ academic books – which include monographs, edited collections and textbooks – have already reached readers in 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Dr Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services), said: “The announcement from JSTOR further evidences the incredible reach and popularity of UCL Press’ publications. It’s testament to the hard work of the team and shows the real value and importance of Open Access publishing. We are effectively reaching a wider, more diverse and global audience, which is extremely rewarding and shows the power of OA. The JSTOR announcement is the icing on the cake of a wonderful year for the Press. We have also passed one million downloads and signed our first publishing contract with another European university to be their publishing partner of choice as they establish their own Open Access University Press.”

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UCL Press new journals platform

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Alison Fox

UCL Press new journals platform

By , on 12 September 2017

UCL Press is pleased to announce a new hosting partnership with ScienceOpen, a platform which will host its open access journal programme. ScienceOpen is an open access indexing platform provider based in Berlin and Boston, which indexes journal abstracts or full text OA articles. The platform, for the first time offered as a white labelled hosting platform, extends UCL Press’s list of dedicated and enhanced content discoverability for its authors, editors and journals. Published as full text XML and metadata (as well as the more traditional PDF), UCL Press journals can link better into search engines and other online scholarly materials and outlets.

Authors, editors, reviewers and readers will be able to make use of post-publication peer review, online commenting, individual article and author metrics (like Altmetric), citation and access tracking, ORCiD integration, and a whole host of other benefits that you can read more about on the ScienceOpen website and blog, here.

Dr Stephanie Dawson, CEO of ScienceOpen, said ‘ScienceOpen’s new hosting service is the logical extension of our commitment to putting research in context. With our advanced technology, we can ensure that UCL Press articles are found by the right researchers and then give those readers the opportunity to interact with the content in a variety of ways. A range of aggregated journal – and article – level metrics then provide enriched usage statistics for the publisher to monitor impact.’

In the coming months, UCL Press plans to experiment with new forms of more transparent peer review and sees the open peer review infrastructure on the ScienceOpen platform as an ideal way to explore post-publication review workflows. All UCL Press journals will be available for continuous peer review – where articles can receive further review and comments after final publication, that are updated using a system of version control (meaning identified revisions and iterations of an article and its reviews) – to encourage collaboration and elicit debate and discussion. Further announcements on this will be made in due course.

Have a look at the journal webpages here!

Contact: Ian Caswell, UCL Press Journals Manager. Email: | @UCLPress

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UCL Press to host biennial University Press Redux conference

Posted on November 30, 2016 by UCL Press

UCL Press is delighted to announce that it will host the next University Press Redux conference, to be held in Spring 2018. 

Following the success of the founding conference, organised by Liverpool University Press (LUP) and held in March 2016, The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) will now be partnering with presses to deliver the event every two years. The first partnership will be with UCL Press. 

The inaugural University Press Redux conference was arranged by LUP in association with the Academic Book of the Future project. More than 150 delegates gathered to discuss the past, present and future of institutional presses. A collection of papers arising from the event was subsequently published in a special open access issue of ALPSP's journal, Learned Publishing.

Anthony Cond, Director of Liverpool University Press said: ‘There was such strong support for the conference that we immediately saw the potential to continue the conversation.’

Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager at UCL Press added: ‘The Redux conference demonstrates the vitality and potential of university press publishing. We are inspired by what LUP has achieved!’

Audrey McCulloch, Chief Executive of ALPSP continued: ‘The university press sector has undergone a transformation and revitalisation worldwide. Many of our members were involved in the Redux conference and it was an obvious next step to offer administrative support. We are delighted to be involved.’

The 2018 University Press Redux Conference will be curated and hosted by UCL Press with administrative and promotional support provided by ALPSP. Dates will be announced soon. 

About the University Press Redux Conference

The first University Press Redux Conference (#UPRedux) was hosted by Liverpool University Press in association with the Academic Book of the Future project in March 2016. With 150 delegates, representing nearly 40 university presses, the conference benefited from some inspiring presentations exploring the role of presses new and old in the future of scholarly communication. Slides from all the talks are available on the Liverpool University Press site.


ALPSP is the international membership trade body that supports and represents not-for-profit organizations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content. With 330 members in 40 countries, membership also includes university presses, as well as those that work with publishers.  ALPSP’s mission is to connect, inform, develop and represent the international scholarly and professional publishing community. Founded in 1972 by 24 societies, ALPSP has grown to become the largest trade association helping scholarly and professional publishers around the world.

About Liverpool University Press

Liverpool University Press is the UK’s third oldest university press, with a distinguished history of publishing exceptional research since 1899, including the work of Nobel Prize winners. LUP has rapidly expanded in recent years to become an award-winning academic publisher that produces approximately 100 books a year and 28 journals, specialising in literature, modern languages, history and visual culture.

About UCL Press

UCL Press is the first fully open access university press in the UK. Founded in 2015, it seeks to use modern technologies and 21st century means of publishing and dissemination radically to change the prevailing models for the publication of scholarly research. Grounded in the open science/open scholarship agenda, UCL Press makes its scholarly books and journals available online to a global audience, irrespective of their ability to pay, because UCL believes that this is the best way to tackle grand challenges such as poverty, disease and hunger.

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