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UCD Press is the publishing imprint of Ireland's largest university, UCD Dublin. UCD Press is a peer-reviewed publisher of contemporary scholarship. We have built a strong reputation for publications relating to historic and contemporary Ireland.

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. It provides both a physical and intellectual space for research clusters/projects, groups and centres and serves as a dynamic and innovative environment for graduate students affiliated to member programmes and centres.

UCD Press’s list to date includes many titles by Irish authors and of Irish interest, but our interests are not by any means confined to Ireland.

Our list includes 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. Also included in the series are previously unpublished memoirs of particular interest, as well as some more recent classics of historical writing that have become unavailable.

We have also published the complete collected works in English of the sociologist Norbert Elias in finely produced editions.

Our most recent publishing successes have been Something to Chew On by Professor Mike Gibney which researches all of the worldwide controversies dominating the popular press in relation to the safety and wholesomeness of the modern food chain from a scientific point of view. And more recently the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR) which was launched by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to great academic and commercial acclaim in Ireland and abroad.

UCD Press publishes widely across the academic spectrum and welcomes new book proposals in all subject areas. It is a strictly peer-reviewed press. It is not the policy of the Press at present to undertake the publication of journals. Prospective authors should consult the following links:

book proposal advice
style guidelines

University College Dublin Press
Preas Choláiste Ollscoile Bhaile Átha Cliath
UCD Humanities Institute, Room H103
Belfield, Dublin 4
t: 00353 (0)1 716 4680