University of California Press

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University of California Press
Parent company University of California
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Berkeley, California
Distribution Ingram Publisher Services (US)
John Wiley & Sons (UK)
Footprint Books (Australia) [1]
Publication types Books, journals
Official website
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2008 conference booth

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, and has been officially headquartered at the University's flagship campus in Berkeley, California, since its inception. [3]


As the non-profit publishing arm of the University of California system, the UC Press is fully subsidized by the University and the State of California. [3] A third of its authors are faculty members of the University. 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. [4] It is also the digital publisher of Collabra and Luminos open access (OA) initiatives.

The University of California Press publishes in the following subjects: African studies, American studies, ancient world (classics), anthropology, art, Asian studies, communication, criminology & criminal justice, economics, environmental studies, film & media studies, food & wine, gender & sexuality, global studies, health, history, language, Latin American studies, literary studies & poetry, Middle Eastern studies, music, philosophy, politics, psychology, religion, sciences, and sociology. [4]

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, headquartered in Berkeley, 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. [3]

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]

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University of California Old Style 1938 serif typeface by Frederic Goudy

University of California Old Style is a serif font designed by Frederic Goudy and created for the University of California Press from 1936–8. It is one of Goudy's most popular serif fonts.

Kennerley Old Style typeface

Kennerley Old Style is a serif typeface designed by Frederic Goudy. Kennerley is an "old-style" serif design, loosely influenced by Italian and Dutch printing traditions of the Renaissance and early modern period. It was named for New York publisher Mitchell Kennerley, who advanced Goudy money to complete the design. While Goudy had already designed 18 other typefaces, it was one of Goudy's most successful early designs in his own style. The regular or roman style was designed in 1911, the italic in 1918; bold styles followed in 1924.

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Deepdene is a serif typeface designed by Frederic Goudy from 1927–1933. It belongs to the "old-style" of serif font design, with low contrast between strokes and an oblique axis. However, Deepdene has crisp serifs and a nearly upright italic, with much less of a slant than is normal for this style.

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Bertha Matilda Sprinks Goudy was an American typographer, fine press printer, and co-proprietor with Frederic W. Goudy of the Village Press from 1903 until her death in 1935.


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