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UCL Press: Journals

Journals hosting service

UCL Press offers a hosting service for UCL students and staff to produce and manage their own Open Access journals. Using Open Journal System software, journal articles are stored in UCL Discovery, while OJS provides the visible presentation layer of the journal. This service is provided free of charge by UCL Press.

Roles and responsibilities

UCL Press maintains OJS and provides advice and guidance to journal Boards on a range of issues, including:

  • OJS configuration – documentation for UCL journals boards has been prepared
  • The upload of articles to UCL Discovery – training provided on this simple process
  • Copyright management
  • Licensing
  • Ensuring that journal articles are indexed in Web of Science, Scopus and other services
  • ISSN management
  • Use of UCL Discovery tools, e.g. RSS feeds to journal content, download reports

Journal Boards are provided with administrative permissions on the OJS application and UCL Discovery. Journal managers can take advantage of the full functionality of OJS to facilitate journal production. Peer review, acceptance, and other editorial decisions rest entirely with the journal Board. Boards are able to configure OJS to provide the required styling of their journal interfaces, and are responsible, if required, for the copy-editing and typesetting of their articles: UCL does not impose a house style. Boards are also required:

  • To ensure that their publications do not infringe any author or third-party copyrights
  • To encourage the assignment of Creative Commons licences to articles by their authors
  • To upload accepted articles to UCL Discovery

Open Access

UCL is acknowledged as a European leader in Open Access.

Benefits of Open Access

  • Increased usage, visibility and impact
  • Makes the results of publicly funded research available to all through a free, unrestricted online access system
  • Creates a global knowledge resource for the benefit of all
  • Enhances the public profile of our researchers as well as those of other universities
  • Access to UCL research for policy and decision makers

Journals currently hosted

If you would like to start a new journal, or migrate an existing journal to UCL Press, please contact:

Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager

Last modified 24 June 2014


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