UCL Press


About UCL Press

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UCL Press is the first fully Open Access University Press in the UK. It seeks to use modern technologies and 21st-century means of publishing/dissemination radically to change the prevailing models for the publication of research outputs. Grounded in the Open Science/Open Scholarship agenda, UCL Press will seek to make its published outputs available to a global audience, irrespective of their ability to pay, because UCL believes that this is the best way to tackle global Grand Challenges such as poverty, disease, hunger.

What we publish

UCL Press focuses its publishing activity on scholarly monographs, scholarly editions, textbooks, edited collections and journals. 


The vision of the UCL Press is to combine responsiveness, innovation and quality publishing to become one of the leading academic publishers in the world, and the Open Access publisher of choice for authors, editors and readers.


  • To provide innovative platforms for the dissemination of cutting-edge research outputs
  • To embed and explore Open Access approaches as the principal means of dissemination for academic work in a digital world
  • To explore the relationship between texts and readers through innovation in modes of publishing
  • To promote the integration of research and education in the outputs of the Press
  • To help outputs obtain and sustain global outreach and impact
  • To extend public engagement with research and activity, ensuring wider and deeper impact
  • To represent the full spectrum of academic research interests, across all disciplines
  • To support early career researchers and first book publishing
  • To support the field of academic publishing, through practice, training, and research

UCL Press Board

The UCL Press Board meets regularly to oversee the strategy and policies of the Press. The Board is made up of the following members from UCL:

  • Chair: Professor David Price, Vice Provost (Research)
  • Dr Paul Ayris, Director of Library Services and Chief Executive of UCL Press
  • Professor Becky Francis, Director of the UCL Institute of Education
  • Professor Susanne Kuechler, Head of Department, Anthropology
  • Professor Peter John, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, and Vice-Dean (Research), Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
  • Professor Timothy Mathews, Professor of French and Comparative Criticism, School of European Languages, Culture & Society
  • Professor Nicola Miller, Professor of Latin American History, Department of History
  • Martin Moyle, Assistant Director (Support Services), UCL Library Services
  • Professor John Mullan, Head of Department, English
  • Dr Samantha Rayner, Director of the Centre for Publishing
  • Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager, UCL Press
  • Nicholas Tyndale, Director of Research Strategy and Impact, OVPR

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UCL Press 
University College London
Gower Street

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Management & Policy

Lara Speicher – Publishing Manager

Books Commissioning and Proposals

Chris Penfold - Commissioning Editor

Journals (including Open Journal Systems) 

Ian Caswell - Journals Manager


Jaimee Biggins – Managing Editor

Marketing, Publicity & Distribution

Alison Fox – Marketing & Distribution Manager