University of California Press

The University of California Press, otherwise known as UC Press, is a publishing house associated with the University of California that engages in academic publishing. It was founded in 1893[2] to publish scholarly and scientific works by faculty of the University of California, established 25 years earlier in 1868.

University of California Press
Parent companyUniversity of California
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationBerkeley, California
DistributionIngram Publisher Services (US)
John Wiley & Sons (UK)
Footprint Books (Australia)[1]
Publication typesBooks, journals
2008 conference booth

As the publishing arm of the University of California system. The press publishes over 250 new books and almost four dozen multi-issue journals annually, in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and maintains approximately 4,000 book titles in print.[3] It is also the digital publisher of Collabra and Luminos open access (OA) initiatives.

The press has its administrative office in downtown Oakland, California, an editorial branch office in Los Angeles, and a sales office in New York, and distributes through marketing offices in Great Britain, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. A Board consisting of senior officers of the University of California, holds responsibility for the operations of the press, and authorizes and approves all manuscripts for publication. The Editorial Committee consists of distinguished faculty members representing the university's nine campuses.[4]

The press commissioned as its corporate typeface University of California Old Style from type designer Frederic Goudy from 1936 to 1938, although it no longer always uses the design.[5][6][7][8]

Notable books


Open access (OA) programs at UC Press


Collabra is University of California Press's open access journal program. The Collabra program currently publishes two open access journals, Collabra: Psychology and Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, with plans for continued expansion and journal acquisition.[9]


Luminos is University of California Press's open access response to the challenged monograph landscape. With the same high standards for selection, peer review, production, and marketing as its traditional book publishing program, Luminos is a transformative model, built as a partnership where costs and benefits are shared.[10]

Notable series


The University of California Press re-printed a number of novels under the California Fiction series from 1996 to 2001. These titles were selected for their literary merit and for their illumination of California history and culture.[11][12]

See also



  1. ^ "Booksellers – University of California Press". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  2. ^ Camhi, Jeff (15 April 2013). A Dam in the River: Releasing the Flow of University Ideas. Algora Publishing. pp. 149–. ISBN 978-0-87586-989-6. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  3. ^ "University of California Press". University of California Press.
  4. ^ "University of California Press | UCOP".
  5. ^ Goudy, Frederic (1946). A Half-Century of Type Design and Typography: 1895-1945, Volume 1. New York: The Typophiles. pp. 216–219. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  6. ^ Carter, Matthew. "Goudy, the good ol' boy (Bruckner biography review)". Eye Magazine. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  7. ^ Shaw, Paul. "An appreciation of Frederic W. Goudy as a type designer". Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  8. ^ Updike, John (16 December 1990). "A Bull in the Typography Shop: a review of Frederic Goudy by D.J.R. Bruckner". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Collabra: Psychology".
  10. ^ "University of California Press".
  11. ^ See, Carolyn (1996). Golden Days. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0520206738.
  12. ^ "California Fiction". University of California Press. Retrieved 14 October 2015.

Further reading

  • Hitchcock, Joanna (1995). "Review of The University of California Press: The Early Years, 1893-1953". Libraries & Culture. 30 (1): 124–126. ISSN 0894-8631. JSTOR 25542734.
  • Muto, Albert (1993). "A Voice from the Wilderness: The Early University of California Press". California History. 72 (3): 222–233. doi:10.2307/25177358. ISSN 0162-2897. JSTOR 25177358.
  • Pascal, Naomi B. (1994). "Review of The University of California Press: The Early Years, 1893-1953". The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. 64 (4): 486–487. doi:10.1086/602743. ISSN 0024-2519. JSTOR 4308988.
  • Withey, Lynne; Orsi, Richard (1993). "Milestones of California History: The University of California Press: A Century of Publishing". California History. 72 (3). doi:10.2307/25177357. ISSN 0162-2897. JSTOR 25177357.