Open access presents the opportunity to revolutionise how – and how widely – knowledge is disseminated. By making research outputs and teaching materials freely available online, readers worldwide can engage with them, regardless of their ability to pay.
Following the successful open access publications of Textbook of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Key Concepts in Public Archaeology, UCL Press is expanding its textbook publishing programme. It now invites applications from UCL academics to submit textbook proposals for any discipline taught at UCL at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
The expansion of our textbook programme demonstrates both UCL’s commitment to harnessing a culture of research-based learning through the Connected Curriculum, and to establishing a world-class digital learning environment.
We are particularly interested in proposals for textbooks that meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Potential to supply large student cohorts for the maximum benefit of the student experience
- Current provision is very expensive or out-of-date
- Where there is currently no textbook provision, because a course is very new, for example
- Potential to create a bespoke textbook tailored to any UCL programme
Multidisciplinary subjects are welcome, as are proposals for textbooks with a digitally innovative approach.
UCL Press plans to offer 10 awards of £1,500 each to successful applicants. Payment will be on delivery of the final accepted manuscript.
Deadline and evaluation
Please submit a 300-word description of the proposed project by 1 July 2017 to Chris Penfold, UCL Press Commissioning Editor: email@example.com. Please explain in your description how the project meets the above criteria and what stage the project is at.
UCL Press’s Executive Group (Editorial Board) will evaluate the submissions in the first instance and will then inform authors/editors of the projects it would like to take forward as full proposals. Final acceptance of projects for publication will be dependent on receipt of a full proposal and positive peer review reports.
Applications are welcome for textbooks that will be ready for manuscript submission between now and July 2019. Publication will follow within approximately 9 months after submission of the final manuscript. Once a textbook has published, the Press will review the potential for updates and new editions where necessary.
UCL Press is delighted to announce a partnership with JSTOR to provide access to open access books on their widely used platform. JSTOR is a leading digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources used by academics and researchers worldwide. All titles will also be preserved in Portico, ensuring that they will be available to researchers in perpetuity.
The only UK publisher to be an inaugural partner in this programme, UCL Press titles are included in an initial set of open access books available from four leading university presses, including University of California Press, University of Michigan Press and Cornell University Press. Books published by UCL Press that will appear on JSTOR's widely used platform from Wednesday 26th October include:
- Biostratigraphic and Geological Significance of Planktonic Foraminifera
- Burning Bright: Essays in Honour of David Bindman
- Discord and Consensus in the Low Countries, 1700-2000
- Herman Gorter: Poems of 1890 A Selection
- How the World Changed Social Media
- Participatory Planning for Climate Compatible Development in Maputo, Mozambique
- Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: Characters and Collections
- Social Media in an English Village
- Social Media in Industrial China
- Social Media in Northern Chile
- Social Media in Rural China
- Social Media in Southeast Turkey
- Suburban Urbanities: Suburbs and the Life of the High Street
- Temptation in the Archives: Essays in Golden Age Dutch Culture
- Textbook of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Treasures from UCL
The ebooks are freely available for anyone in the world to use and do not have DRM restrictions, nor do they have limits on chapter PDF downloads or printing. Users will not need to register or log in to JSTOR in order to access any of our titles. Free MARC records are available for librarians, who will also be able to activate the titles in discovery services; more information for librarians is available here. The titles are also cross-searchable with other content on JSTOR.org.
When UCL Press launched in June 2015 as the UK’s first fully open access university press, we did not have a sense of the level of readership we might attract. We were confident that via open access we would reach a wide readership and we knew from other open access publishers the kind of figures they were achieving. We also knew that downloads of articles and PhD theses on UCL Discovery, where UCL Press’s titles are stored, were very encouraging.
New Open Access Book: Participatory Planning for Climate Compatible Development in Maputo, Mozambique
We're delighted to share news of the eighth UCL Press title, Participatory Planning for Climate Compatible Development in Maputo, Mozambique.
Edited by Vanesa Castán Broto et al, Participatory Planning for Climate Compatible Development in Maputo, Mozambique is a practitioners’ handbook that builds upon the experience of a pilot project that was awarded the United Nations ‘Lighthouse Activity’ Award.
Building upon a long scholarly tradition of participatory planning, this dual-language (English/Portuguese) book addresses crucial questions about the relevance of citizen participation in planning for climate compatible development and argues that citizens have knowledge and access to resources that enable them to develop a sustainable vision for their community. In order to do so, the author proposes a Participatory Action Planning methodology to organise communities, and also advances mechanisms for institutional development through partnerships.