University of California Press Expands into Open Access with Innovative Journal and Monograph Programs

University of California Press Expands into Open Access with Innovative Journal and Monograph Programs

For Immediate Release:

University of California Press Expands into Open Access with Innovative Journal and Monograph Programs

With Luminos and Collabra,  UC Press evolves the OA model to benefit authors and the entire academic community

January 20, 2015 (Oakland,CA)—UC Press today announces Luminos and Collabra, two new open access programs for monograph and journal publishing. Aligned with UC Press’s mission to build reach and impact for transformative scholarship, the programs expand publishing options for scholarly authors and researchers, make it easier for readers to find and use content, and share the monetary value generated from publishing across the academic community. Both Luminos and Collabra launch with a distinguished group of advisory board members, editors, authors, and reviewers from universities and associations around the globe.

With Luminos, UC Press is taking steps to ensure the longevity of monographic publishing while adhering to the same exacting editorial standards for which it has been known for more than 120 years. This entails combing the best of OA and digital publishing with UC Press’s rigorous selection and editorial processes to create a wholly new approach to sustainable and affordable monograph publishing.

“As part of the world’s greatest public research university we knew that we needed to make a significant investment to meet the changing publishing and dissemination needs of our audiences," said Alison Mudditt, Director of UC Press. “These programs have been shaped by hundreds of conversations with faculty, librarians, and other key stakeholders. With Luminos, we will combine the global reach and visibility of OA with our unwavering commitment to publishing superior scholarship to create a speedboat, not a life raft, that will carry monographs forward and allow them to remain a vital resource.”

For authors whose traditional monographs have been relegated to sales of just a few hundred, an open access model offers the potential to exponentially increase the discoverability and readership of their work. UCPress’s model also supports rich multimedia content—essential in order to keep pace with new digital modes of scholarship.

Luminos shares the cost burden of publishing in manageable amounts across the academic community. For each title, UC Press makes a significant contribution, augmented by membership funds from supporting libraries. Authors are then asked to secure a title publication fee to cover the remaining costs. Additional revenue from supporting libraries and print sale will help to support an author waiver fund.

“Luminos promises to bring together the most important benefits of digital publishing platforms—including the greatly increased discoverability and reach of open access and the innovative structures of multimodal scholarship—with the long-standing commitment to quality of the University of California Press," says Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association and Visiting Research Professor of English, New York University. "The combination presents extraordinary possibility for publicly engaged, dynamic scholarly work." 

To ensure the program continues to evolve as OA and the needs of the scholarly community change, UC Press has established an advisory board that represents the interests of many monograph audiences. These include: 

  • Wendy Chun, Brown University
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Modern Language Association and New York University
  • Faye Ginsburg, New York University
  • David Theo Goldberg, University of California, Irvine
  • Christopher M. Kelty, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Todd Presner, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MacKenzie Smith, University of California, Davis

For the Collabra OA mega journal, UC Press brings together an equally distinguished editorial team in three core disciplinary areas: life and biomedical sciences, ecology and environmental science, and social and behavioral sciences. With significant input from the academic community, UC Press has created an innovative pay-it-forward model designed to share value generated from publishing an article among editors and reviewers who contribute to its success. 

University of California Press is one of the most forward-thinking scholarly publishers in the nation. For more than 120 years, it has championed work that influences public discourse and challenges the status quo in multiple fields of study. At a time of dramatic change for publishing and scholarship, UC Press collaborates with scholars, librarians, authors, and students to stay ahead of today's knowledge demands and shape the future of publishing.

For more information on Luminos, visit the website, watch the video, or contact Lorraine Weston at



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