Publishing Services and Consultancy

Why start your own open access university press?

Having an open access university press at your institution offers many benefits including: wide dissemination of your academics’ research to an unlimited global audience in your own brand; your university name associated with your own high-quality scholarship that will be accessed around the world; delivering funder and national policy requirements as the mandates for open access increase.


'We found the training absolutely useful, well prepared and presented, thoroughly documented and – last but not least – very inspiring.' 

Helsinki University Press

Publishing services

UCL Press offers full publishing services to help other institutions set up their own university presses. Drawing on its established infrastructure, expertise and track record in open access publishing, UCL Press offers a platform branded in your university press’s name, with full publishing services for both books and journals from the point of manuscript delivery to distribution in open access form to established platforms, and print-on-demand sales to retailers if desired. This service allows your staff to focus on their area of expertise: their knowledge of the institution and their established relationships with faculty, allowing them to focus on commissioning high-quality books and build series, while the labour-intensive work of production and dissemination is taken care of by a press that shares your mission and vision. 


If you are thinking of setting up an open access press, or already have one in place but wish to expand or professionalise your services, UCL Press’s consultancy services can help you with all stages of your press’s development. UCL Press offers packages covering the early stages of considering setting up a press, more in-depth packages offering full set-up planning, and focused sessions on specific areas of publishing such as commissioning, production, marketing and distribution, and journals, to build the skills and techniques your staff will need to take a university press forward. UCL Press staff have extensive industry knowledge and demonstrable success in setting up a university press from scratch, so are ideally placed to help others do the same. Find out more here.

'The consultancy exceeded our expectations in every way. I can highly recommend the UCL Press consultancy sessions and cannot speak more highly of the care, attention to detail and professionalism of the preparation, delivery and follow up. We are already making important changes to our workflows and practices and will continue to draw on the sessions well into the future.'
University of Technology Sydney ePress

For more information please contact:

Lara Speicher
Head of Publishing, UCL Press
+44 (0)203 549 5749


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