UCL Press participates in OpenUP ECR (Early Career Researcher) monograph initiative
UCL Press has joined a collaborative pilot project with five other well-established, quality-led University Presses from the UK to seek funding for a number of first books by UK-based early career researchers each year. OpenUP has been approved as a participant in Jisc’s new Open Access Community Framework, which is supporting diamond open access initiatives.
The OpenUP initiative acknowledges the significant barriers that ECRs may face in securing funding to publish OA. This three-year pilot project aims to raise £96,000 per year to fund Open Access publication for 12 books in each period. The first batch of books will publish in 2023. UCL Press will use the fund to publish first books by non-UCL ECRs (UCL authors at all levels are funded by UCL to publish OA). Full details of the scheme can be found in the accompanying press release and more information will be released in due course.