As the open access train rolls towards the future more and more traditional scholarly publishers are jumping on board. The University of California Press made its move in January, launching two new open access programmes—Collabra and Luminos.


Collabra is a mega journal that will initially focus on three broad disciplinary areas (life and biomedical sciences, ecology and environmental science, and social and behavioural sciences), and then expand into other disciplines at a later date. Collabra is expected to publish its first articles in the next month or so.


Luminos is an open access monograph publisher that will publish its first book this autumn.


What is the context in which UC Press’ move needs to be seen, and what does UC  Press bring to the party?


A Q&A with Alison Mudditt, Director, University of California Press, can be read here: