UCL Press


Open access digital scholarly publishing three new ways from UCL Press

13 July 2016

The new open digital scholarship platform from UCL Press presents its open access books online in three distinct and innovative formats: enhanced digital editions, monographs with scholarly functionalities, and BOOCs (Books as Open Online Content).

Developed by Armadillo Systems (producers of the award-winning Turning the Pages and Digital Bodleian), UCL’s platform offers new ways of publishing digital scholarship, and responds to the needs of scholars working in non-traditional formats. Its three strands are as follows:

Enhanced ed

Enhanced Digital Editions

These beautiful digital books are presented in a format that offers both thematic and chronological navigation. Highly illustrated, they feature slide shows of images, deep zoom features, audio, video and 3D, and the format is perfectly suited to highly illustrated research outputs dealing with artefacts and manuscripts. Titles available as enhanced editions include the popular Petrie Museum of Egyptology: Characters and Collections and Treasures from UCL.


Scholarly Monographs

UCL Press’s scholarly monographs are presented in an online reading format with a suite of scholarly functionalities: here you can highlight, take notes, search, cite, export and save or share a personalised copy or extract. Content will include the output of UCL’s groundbreaking social media study Why We Post, including the popular titles How the World Changed Social Media and Social Media in an English Village by renowned anthropologist Daniel Miller. Additional titles include Temptation in the Archives by the late Lisa Jardine and Suburban Urbanities, edited by Laura Vaughan.


BOOC (Books as Open Online Content)

These innovative ‘living books’ feature articles of various types, in a non-linear thematic presentation that offers readers the option to select and sort subjects they wish to read. With long and short articles, blogs, videos, audio and Storifys, content is added to these ‘books’ over a period of time. The first BOOC, which captures the outputs of Academic Book of the Future, an AHRC/British Library project, will launch in September 2016.

Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager of UCL Press, said: ‘This platform allows readers an innovative new way to access UCL Press’s free open access books with enhanced content and functionality – on a phone or tablet, or at work or home on a PC. It demonstrates UCL’s commitment to broadening access to research via open access and digital innovation, and to allow for the publication of non-traditional research outputs that are not suited to a traditional monograph format.’

Michael Stocking, Managing Director of Armadillo Systems said: ‘Armadillo are delighted to be working with UCL Press on their open access monographs. By providing a next-generation set of scholarly tools we are helping make these monographs not only more widely available, but more useful.’

About UCL Press: 

UCL Press is the UK's first fully open access university press. Re-established at UCL in 2015, UCL Press publishes peer-reviewed scholarly monographs, edited collections, textbooks and journals, by both UCL academics and non-UCL academics. All its books are made available as free, downloadable PDFs from its website, as well as in print for sale through retailers at affordable prices, and many of its books are also made available on a free, enhanced, browser-based platform. Its mission is to make its published outputs available to a global audience, irrespective of their ability to pay. Visit our website at www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press

About Armadillo Systems:

Armadillo Systems is an award-winning digital agency that develops websites, rich internet applications, kiosk solutions and software applications for the cultural sector. Their focus is on providing new ways for libraries, museums and archives to provide access and interpretation for their collections. With more than 20 years’ experience in the sector, their clients include The British Library, The Bodleian Library, The Wellcome Trust, The National Library of Ireland, The National Archives, English Heritage, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Natural History Museum.