Millionth OA download at UCL Press

UCL Press, the UK’s first fully open access university press, has announced that one million copies of its books have been downloaded around the world.

The announcement comes as the publisher celebrates its third anniversary since launching in 2015. Its academic books – which feature monographs, edited collections and textbooks – have reached readers in 222 of a possible 223 countries and territories. While traditionally published

scholarly monographs sell an average of 250 copies per title, UCL Press’ open access monographs are downloaded free of charge approximately 12,500 times per title. The first title in the 11-book

Why We Post series has been downloaded 227,336 times since it was published in

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early 2016. Professor Margot Finn, chair in Modern British History at UCL, and published UCL Press author, said: ‘Our East India Company at Home volume was co-produced by academics, museum and heritage professionals and independent historians, and making the book open access is essential to our dissemination plans. ‘It’s a delight in this context

to see that the book has already been downloaded

in Algeria, Argentina and Azerbaijan, as well as China, India and Japan.’ UCL Press’ pioneering publishing programme spans many of the major academic disciplines, from history to philosophy and the sciences, to anthropology. It has published 80 titles and launched eight journals since its inception, doubling its year-on-year output of scholarly monographs with the introduction of 36 titles last

year and expanding its staff head count to six. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost at UCL Library Services, said: ‘Institutional open-access publishing is transformative, being a completely new model of how universities engage with readers and with society. In the fifteenth century, the invention of moveable type printing in the West transformed Europe. In the 21st century, open-access publishing can do the same.’

‘Access anywhere’ product with Google Scholar rolled out by HighWire

HighWire has become the first systems supplier to roll out the new ‘Universal Campus Activated Subscriber Access’ service (Universal CASA) in cooperation with Google Scholar. All content published through HighWire’s Intelligent Publishing Platform will be compatible with Universal CASA – meaning researchers can access the content any time, anywhere, from any device and any source. Traditionally, researchers were limited to

accessing scholarly content on-campus, meaning their workflow was restrictive and productivity was limited. The introduction of CASA functionality by Google Scholar and publishing systems suppliers last year was the first step in addressing that challenge, allowing researchers to access subscribed content remotely and on mobile devices. As the workflows and processes of

researchers continue to evolve, the roll out of Universal CASA addresses the next key problem: scholars start their research journeys from a variety of different places. These can range from

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a journal’s homepage or search engines such as PubMed or Google Web Search, social media feeds and email alerts. Prior to Universal CASA, these journeys did not have easy pathways to legitimate, accessible content available off-campus. Universal CASA introduces a new, small badge to let the reader know they have access to a specific article. This badge will display on each article page and include a help link, allowing users to learn more about, or to remove, CASA based links. Anurag Acharya, co-creator of Google Scholar, explained: ‘The initial roll out of CASA has been hugely successful – because, quite simply, it just works. For the first time researchers could start a literature survey on campus and resume where they left off once they were home, or travelling, with no hoops to jump through. Universal CASA builds on that success by making it effortless for researchers to access content, no matter where the journey begins. John Sack, founding director at HighWire, described Universal CASA as an

important step in the company’s ‘access anywhere’ approach: ‘At HighWire we have always aimed to extend the reach, impact and exchange of knowledge and ideas. And, as researchers become increasingly mobile, seamless access will become the ‘new normal’. Last year, around three quarters of US and UK adults used the internet “on the go” – and I would estimate researchers carry out as much as a third of their work away from campus. ‘Google has noted that the use of CASA

rises on the weekends, so it’s likely that those “out of office” hours in the evenings and the weekends are literature-study times for many scholars. That’s why we’re so proud to be the first systems supplier rolling out Universal CASA, making our clients’ content available to scholars any time, anywhere, from any device and any source. Whether it’s an email from a colleague, a blog post, a Google search, a Tweet or elsewhere, researchers can then click through to legitimate, authorised content, without using Sci-Hub as a workaround to off-campus barriers.’

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