From Open Access to Open Scholarship: UCL Press as a model for the Future of Scholarly Publishing
Dr Paul Ayris
Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services)
Co-Chair, League of European Research Universities (LERU) INFO
Adviser to the LIBER Board (Association of European Research Libraries)
Chair, Jisc Content Strategy Group
UCL Press is the UK’s first fully Open Access University Press, founded in June 2015. The presentation will look at Open Science as defined by the European Commission, which has identified the future of scholarly publishing as one of the 8 pillars of the emerging Open Science agenda. This talk will look at the implications of new publishing models for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences by describing the foundation and activity of UCL Press. UCL Press publishes research monographs, textbooks and journals, and is developing a new platform for journal publishing which will be piloted from the autumn of 2018 in a subject domain in the Social Sciences. The presentation will look at the impact the Press has made – both in terms of the impact of UCL Press titles and the global engagement with the University that has resulted from Press activity. The talk will suggest that every research intensive university would benefit from establishing an Open Access Press, a move which would bring publishing back into the academy, embracing the values of Open Scholarship in the process.