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UCL Press’ open access ebooks top most-read chart

13 August 2018

Books published by UCL Press and authored by UCL academics are the most-read open access ebooks on JSTOR, an online library which provides access to more than 12 million academic articles and books.

How the World Changed Social Media authored by UCL Professor of Anthropology Daniel Miller and a collective of eight other esteemed global anthropologists is the most read.

This is closely followed in second place by Social Media in Industrial China authored by Dr Xinyuan Wang (UCL Anthropology) and Social Media in an English Village, also authored by Professor Miller, which is ranked fourth. All the books are part of the ‘Why We Post’ series.

The success follows on from news earlier this year that UCL Press, the UK’s first fully Open Access University Press which launched in 2015, achieved a significant milestone of one million downloaded copies of its books globally.

Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager at UCL Press, said: “We are thrilled to see how popular books authored by UCL academics and published by UCL Press are proving to be, particularly given the relatively short period time we have been operating for. This news tops off a fantastic year for us and we are looking forward to promoting the brilliant work of many more authors.”

UCL Press’ academic books – which include monographs, edited collections and textbooks – have already reached readers in 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Dr Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services), said: “The announcement from JSTOR further evidences the incredible reach and popularity of UCL Press’ publications. It’s testament to the hard work of the team and shows the real value and importance of Open Access publishing. We are effectively reaching a wider, more diverse and global audience, which is extremely rewarding and shows the power of OA. The JSTOR announcement is the icing on the cake of a wonderful year for the Press. We have also passed one million downloads and signed our first publishing contract with another European university to be their publishing partner of choice as they establish their own Open Access University Press.”