University College London will next week launch UCL Press, the first “fully Open Access university press in the UK”.
The in-house publishing arm, which will launch on 4th June, will focus on scholarly monographs, textbooks and journals. It will make all its books, journals and monographs freely available online, “creating a diverse and accessible global knowledge resource”.
UCL Press said it aims to “combine responsiveness, innovation and quality publishing to become the Open Access publisher of choice for authors, editors and readers”. It will publish research across all topics by UCL and non-UCL authors.
The press’ three inaugural titles are all by UCL academic staff: Temptation in the Archives by Lisa Jardine, professor of renaissance studies, Treasures from UCL by Gillian Furlong, and The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: Characters and Collections by Alice Stevenson.
Lara Speicher, publishing manager of UCL Press, said: “We have already had an overwhelming response to our first call for proposals which shows the increasing demand from researchers for Open Access publishing. We look forward to developing the Press further in the coming years and creating a publishing programme as innovative and unique as UCL itself.”
Paul Ayris, director of library services and chief executive of UCL Press, said: “Universities have a real chance to take a more proactive approach to publishing and research dissemination. UCL has been at the forefront of promoting Open Access, and the launch of UCL Press is the next step in our commitment to making academic work as accessible as possible.”
All titles published by UCL Press will be made available in Open Access digital form, as well as in print and e-book formats available commercially, with the launch title print editions ranging in price from a £35 hardback to a £10 paperback.