UCL Press is currently developing a new programme of open access textbooks, for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and modules, across a variety of disciplines. This landmark programme will mark out UCL Press as the first UK-based academic publisher to produce and distribute high-quality textbooks, free to download and access digitally, anywhere in the world. 

The new programme builds on the success of our current textbooks and responds to the significant increase in requirements for digital resources, in a changing teaching and learning environment.

Each textbook will be developed with the student in mind and include pedagogical features to support navigation through a key topic or theme, within a given subject area.   

Our initial programme of open access textbooks will be written by academics and experts based at UCL and provide our faculty, students and the wider academic community, with accessible, peer-reviewed, textbooks that showcase teaching excellence and facilitate and enhanced learning experience. We appreciate the efforts required for academics to write textbooks and we are developing a range of incentives to compensate our textbook authors for their work.  

All textbooks are subject to rigorous peer-review and development and the programme direction is governed by our Textbook Board and overseen by the UCL Press and Publications Board. For more information about this, see UCL Press Governance.

If you are based at UCL and feel that there is an opportunity to collaborate on an open access textbook provision for your module, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Dhara Snowden for more information..

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