UCL Press announces first Publishing Services partnership with DCU (Dublin City University)

Posted on July 25, 2018 by UCL Press

Following the announcement by DCU of the launch of its open access university press (DCU news), the first open access university press in Ireland, UCL Press is delighted to announce that it will be providing publishing services to support DCU Press.

UCL Press started its consultancy and publishing services in late 2017 and has already provided consultancy to UTS Press (University of Technology Sydney), Helsinki University Press, TU Delft, Radboud University and DCU. DCU will be its first publishing services partner.

As a relatively new open access university press, UCL Press is in a unique position to help other universities establish a new press. Setting up an OA university press is a growing trend, and increasing awareness of the benefits of open access publishing, combined with national and funder requirements for open access in both Europe and the UK, have inspired several new open access presses in recent years.

One of the most important determinants of success for a new university press is to attract new authors and build a strong publishing programme, and DCU Press will now focus on establishing its new press and commissioning its first books and journals. UCL Press will work in the background to provide an end-to-end service, including guidance at the setting-up stage and with developing a publishing programme, a publishing platform, full editorial and production services, and open access and print distribution.

Christopher Pressler, University Librarian, DCU said, 'DCU Press is a unique partnership in Irish universities between DCU's libraries, research offices and faculties. It is a carefully considered response to change and a progression of the University’s heritage of innovation in open scholarship. Supported by a strong alliance and sound principles, Ireland’s first open access university press will ensure that Dublin City University continues to be at the vanguard of scholarly transformation. DCU and UCL share many of the same aims in terms of how universities must engage with the world and we are pleased to be working in partnership through UCL Press and DCU Press.' 


Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice Provost for UCL Library Services and CEO of UCL Press said, ‘We are delighted to work with DCU to establish their new open access university press. DCU is an ambitious university that shares many of the same goals as UCL. UCL Press has demonstrated what it is possible to achieve with an open access press and is delighted to bring its skills and experience to help others such as DCU achieve their goals.’


UCL Press launched in June 2015 as the UK’s first open access university press. It has grown quickly and has to date published over 80 books and 8 journals, and achieved well in excess of 1 million downloads of its books and journals globally. UCL Press publishes scholarly monographs, textbooks and journals by both UCL and non-UCL authors.

About UCL (University College London)

UCL was founded in 1826. We were the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. We are among the world's top universities, as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables. UCL currently has over 39,000 students from 150 countries and over 12,500 staff. Our annual income is more than £1 billion. | Follow us on Twitter @uclnews | Watch our YouTube channel


Dublin City University is Ireland’s fastest-growing university, home to over 17,000 students and five campuses with three focused on academic matters (DCU Glasnevin, All Hallows, St Patrick’s); one dedicated to innovation (DCU Alpha) and the remaining campus to DCU Sport. DCU is regarded as one of the world’s leading young universities by virtue of its regular inclusion in the global rankings (QS Top 100 under 50; THE Top 100 under 50). DCU has a strong commitment to research excellence and is also home to a number of internationally-renowned research centres. Web: / Twitter: @DublinCityUni 


For more details about UCL Press and its Publishing and Consultancy Services, please contact:

Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager, UCL Press


For more details about DCU Press, contact:

Christopher Pressler, University Librarian, DCU


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