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June 2015: Launch of UCL Press

UCL Press catalogue, front cover

UCL’s Provost and President, Professor Michael Arthur, formally launched UCL Press on 4 June 2015. The re-launch of the Press is historic because UCL Press is now the UK’s first fully Open Access University Press.

The first book to be published by UCL Press as an Open Access output is Professor Lisa Jardine's wonderful book Temptation in the Archives: Essays in Golden Age Dutch Culture. Professor Jardine has recently been made a Fellow of the Royal Society and she gave a passionate and inspiring homily at the Press launch on the reasons why she had published in Open Access, and therefore why she had chosen UCL Press as her publisher. 

UCL Press banner

Professor Jardine underlined that Open Access was a ground-breaking development in the world of scholarship, which loosed the chains from the authors and their works which were hidden behind a paywall. In this, Professor Jardine echoed the words of Professor Michael Arthur, who saw UCL and its Press as a European leader of anarchic and much-needed change. 

Her book Temptation in the Archives: Essays in Golden Age Dutch Culture can be downloaded for free from the UCL Press website. It is also available in paperback for only £10.

To find out more about the launch on 4 June, read the full blog by Paul Ayris, CEO of UCL Press and Director of Library Services.

We are pleased to announce that the proceedings of last year's ALCS conferenceDiscord and Consensus in the Low Countries, will be published with UCL Press in Autumn 2015. 

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