About Us

UCD Press is a peer-reviewed publisher of contemporary scholarly writing in a broad range of subjects including history, literary studies, music, and science. The Press has a special focus on Irish Studies. Their books are produced to the highest standards of design, editing, and printing while being publicised nationally and internationally. They are the publishing imprint of Ireland’s largest university, University College Dublin.

From 1995 to 2013 UCD Press was located in Newman House on St Stephen's Green, the building in which the Catholic University of Ireland (later to become University College Dublin) opened in 1854 with the Reverend, subsequently Cardinal, John Henry Newman as its first Rector. The building is also associated with Gerard Manley Hopkins, Professor of Greek, and James Joyce, perhaps UCD's most famous alumnus. The Press still has regular launch events at Newman House.

Since January 2014 the Press has been located at the UCD Humanities Institute (HI), on the UCD Campus in Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. The Humanities Institute constitutes a vibrant and creative space for interdisciplinary research in the arts and humanities in Ireland. Within UCD, the HI acts as a creative hub for interdisciplinary enquiry and discussion in the humanities and cognate social sciences. UCD Press has been involved in several workshops to advise and support the research students based in the HI. Advice has been offered in areas such as guidelines on submissions and book proposals and how to turn your PhD into a book. Based now on campus UCD Press continues to offer day-to-day support to all UCD staff and students.

UCD Press’s recent success has been the publication of The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR) (2013), edited by Harry White, Professor of Music at UCD, and Barra Boydell, former Professor of Music at NUI Maynooth. This ground-breaking book was launched in Ireland in 2013 by President Michael D. Higgins to great academic and commercial acclaim. In 2015 EMIR was then launched in America by author Colm Tóibín in the American Irish Historical Society, New York. EMIR was a CHOICE Outstanding Title, and the editors were awarded the Harrison Medal by the Society of Musicology in Ireland in 2014. Another publishing success for the Press has been Something to Chew On (2012), by Professor Mike Gibney, former Director of the Institute of Food and Health at UCD, which examines all of the current worldwide controversies dominating the popular press in relation to the safety and wholesomeness of the modern food chain. Topics include: organic food, GM foods, obesity, growing old, the integrity of food research, global malnutrition and global warming. This book was highly recommended by CHOICE, the Wall Street Journal and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Also on UCD Press’s list is the ‘Classics of Irish History’, a paperback series which is noted especially for its reprints of little-known works of Irish political, social and literary history, many of which were controversial at the time of writing, and which sometimes express unfashionable or extreme views. The ‘Centenary Classics’ will be released at the beginning of 2016. This beautifully produced limited edition series examines the fascinating time of change and evolution in the Ireland of 100 years ago. Each volume is a first-hand account of individuals or events during the 1916–23 revolutionary period. They are each introduced by leading experts and academics in the field – giving a contemporary analysis of the original text – while a general series introduction sets the scene of the period. The complete series collectively tells the story of the birth of the Irish nation.

The Press has also published the complete collected works in English of the sociologist Norbert Elias in finely produced editions. Norbert Elias (1897–1990) was one of the greatest sociologists of the twentieth century. His writings appeal to scholars far beyond his own discipline of sociology. They extend the theory of civilising processes in major contributions to the historical understanding of the growth of knowledge and the sciences, of sport and leisure, of art and literature, and of the interweaving of biological evolution with psychological and social developments over the whole span of human society.

UCD Press is honoured to be collaborating with the Ireland Chair of Poetry and is publishing the public lectures of the Ireland Professors of Poetry – most recently Michael Longley, Harry Clifton and Paula Meehan – in ‘The Poet’s Chair’ series. The Ireland Chair of Poetry was established in 1998 following the award of the Nobel Prize of Literature to Seamus Heaney and is jointly held between Queen’s University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Every three years a distinguished Irish poet is chosen for a three-year term during which he or she spends a semester in residence teaching in each of the three universities and gives an annual formal public lecture.

With almost 250 titles on their list, UCD Press publishes widely across the academic spectrum and welcomes new book proposals in all subject areas. Please refer to our catalogue for a full list of our forthcoming, current and backlist titles. The Press is strictly peer-reviewed and it is not the policy of the Press at present to undertake the publication of journals. Prospective authors should consult the following links:

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