'BOOC' from UCL Press

'BOOC' from UCL Press

The recently relaunched UCL Press is to publish many of the outputs from the Academic Book of the Future project in "BOOC" form - BOOC being a newly minted acronym for Book as Open Online Content.

Contributions to the publication, which can be articles of very different lengths, or in blog or video form, will be uploaded in batches to form the BOOC on the UCL Press site at www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press, publishing manager Lara Speicher [pictured] told FutureBook this afternoon (4th December). The BOOC will launch in late spring 2016, with content navigable in different ways, including by subject area.

Speicher is working on the project with Dr Samantha Rayner, director of publishing at University College London and principal investigator of The Academic Book of the Future project, a two-year initiative funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Library in collaboration with the British Library. Anyone interested in contributing to the BOOC should send a 500 word abstract to s.rayner@ucl.ac.uk.

UCL Press was revived as a purely Open Access press earlier this year. Speicher revealed a download figure of 10,000 for its first eight titles, launched in June and the subsequent months, with The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology by Alice Stevenson and Temptation in the Archives by the late Professor Lisa Jardine the most frequently downloaded titles, at over 3,000 apiece.

Books are regularly downloaded over 700 times in the days following publication. "We think this is pretty high for scholarly books," Speicher said.

UCL Press will be launching an enhanced platform within weeks, and plans to publish 20-25 book titles in 2016, as well as between four and five journals.

The Academic Book of the Future project was behind Academic Book Week, a week-long celebration of the academic book which ran from 9th to 16th November.