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UCL Press celebrates 4 million book downloads

10 March 2021

UCL Press is delighted to announce that its books have now been accessed more than 4 million times, just 10 months after they reached the 3 million mark.

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UCL Press, part of UCL Library services, was launched in 2015 as the UK’s first fully open access university press. Since then, they have published more than 180 academic books– including monographs, edited collections and textbooks- in a wide range of subjects ranging from archaeology, anthropology, history to architecture, development studies and medicine. UCL Press reaching readers in 244 countries and territories across the world, including places as diverse as Tokelau and Eswatini, in addition to serving the needs of scholarly communities closer to home.

The 4 millionth download was The Tenacity of the Couple-Norm, written by an international team headed by Professor Sasha Roseneil, Pro Vice-Provost (Equity and Inclusion) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Science at UCL. The book explores the ongoing strength and insidious grip of couple-normativity across four nations. It received both national and international coverage when it was released in November.

The most popular title published by UCL Press continues to be How the World Changed Social Media by Professor of Anthropology Daniel Miller and a collective of eight other esteemed global anthropologists. It has been downloaded over 470,000 times since it was published on 29th February 2016 and has been translated into four languages.

Last year in response to the pandemic, UCL Press also led on the development of a collection of UCL-authored Covid-19 articles from across the institution. Developed in collaboration with Science Open, the UCL Covid-19 research collection has so far gathered over 1,300 research articles that have had over 26,000 views since launching in June 2020.

For more details on the progress of UCL Press publications, visit the UCL Press Statistics dashboard.

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