Hot off the presses today: The University of California Press is pleased to announce it will partner with Oxford University Press to launch California Scholarship Online/CALSO on the University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform, taking advantage of a fully enabled XML ebook hosting environment with cutting edge search and discovery functionality. California Scholarship Online will launch in March 2012 with 450+ titles across four major subject areas–History, Classics, Biology, and Sociology.
“We know it is critical for libraries to broaden patron access to online scholarly books. Bringing our digital monographs to the scholarly community–with tools to facilitate ease of use and discovery—is a major way in which University of California Press can meet that need. We are delighted to partner with Oxford in the UPSO initiative, building on their extensive experience in the scholarly digital environment,” said Alison Mudditt, Director of University of California Press.
Responding to increased demand for online scholarly content, UPSO streamlines the research process by making disparately published monographs easily accessible, highly discoverable and fully cross-searchable via one online platform. Research that previously would have required users to jump between a variety of books, and disconnected websites can now be concentrated through a single search engine.
California Scholarship Online provides an online home for University of California Press monographs and provides users a suite of highly intuitive tools to facilitate deep search across all the content in the UPSO program. As such, UPSO will be the premier online research tool—for scholars, teachers, graduate and undergraduate students—and an essential resource for all academic libraries.
Benefits of UPSO and California Scholarship Online for scholars and libraries include:
- Access to over 450 UC Press titles across four major subject areas—history, classics, sociology, and biology—beginning in March 2012, with titles in religion and anthropology coming in May 2012
- 7,000+ titles available across 22 subject areas, including many new titles, with additional titles added regularly
- The reassurance of the highest quality scholarly content
- The ability for scholars to streamline research through a single online platform
- Easy integration into existing library systems
- Full customer support services as well as flexibility and choice in purchasing models
- Enhanced search functionality, including:
o Fully cross-referenced and cross-searchable content, with clickable citations from bibliographies and footnotes, and OpenURL and DOI-linking support
o All content available in XML, which provides deep tagging and better search results. Content can also be saved to downloaded PDFs for portability
o Abstracts and keywords at both the book and chapter level for each title
“I’ve long been a fan of the University of California Press and its publishing program, going back to my days as a college student. UCP surely ranks by any estimation in the top tier of university presses and contributes a particular flair and craftsmanship to the academic publishing landscape. It is a privilege to be working closely with UCP on this exciting initiative and I’m delighted to be joining forces with such a dynamic press to expand the reach of its offerings, across the US and around the globe,” said Niko Pfund, President and Academic Publisher for Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).
University of California Press
Founded in 1893, University of California Press is one of the largest and most distinguished of American university presses, publishing books and journals in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. UC Press publishes nearly 200 new books and 40 journals each year, representing a broad spectrum of acclaimed works from innovative first works by young academics to in-depth articles presenting the results of the research and creative thinking of many of the world’s foremost scholars.
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes more than 6,000 new publications a year, has offices in around fifty countries, and employs more than 5,400 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing programme that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children’s books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.