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University of California Press, also known as UC Press, is a publishing house associated with the University of California that engages in academic publishing. It was founded in 1893 to publish books and papers for the faculty of the University of California, established 25 years earlier in 1868. Its headquarters are located in Berkeley, California.

The University of California Press publishes in the following general subject areas: anthropology, art, California and the West, classical studies, film, food and wine, global issues, history, literature/poetry, music, natural sciences, public health and medicine, religion, and sociology. It also distributes titles published by the Huntington Library, Watershed Media, and publishing programs within the University of California system.

University of California Press Journals and Digital Publishing Division is one of the largest of the university presses today. Its collection of over 50 print and online journals spans topics in the humanities and social sciences, with concentrations in anthropology, musicology, history, religion, cultural and area studies, sociology, law, and literature. In addition to publishing its own journals, the division also provides traditional and digital publishing services to many client scholarly societies and associations.

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Founded in 1893, University of California Press is one of the largest and most adventurous scholarly publishers in the nation. Among its university press peers, it is the only one associated with a multi-campus public university.

The nonprofit publishing arm of the University of California system, UC Press attracts manuscripts from the world’s foremost scholars, writers, artists, and public intellectuals. About one-third of its authors are affiliated with the University of California. Each year it publishes approximately 180 new books and 54 journals in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and keeps about 3,500 book titles in print.

UC Press revenues come primarily from sales of books and journals, while University subsidy accounts for a small and shrinking percentage. Generous philanthropic gifts from individuals and organizations allow it to support the University’s mandate of teaching, research, and public service for readers worldwide.

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