committed to using its position and unique set of strengths to develop and
disseminate original knowledge, not only for its own inherent value but also to
address the significant challenges facing the world today and those that will
arise in the future.
Drawing on UCL’s founding values, we want to stimulate disruptive thinking across and beyond the university to showcase radical and critical thinking applied to real world problems that benefit humanity. We believe that the future of scientific and scholarly pursuit is best served by an open science agenda and fully open access publishing because knowledge should be accessible to all, regardless of location or financial means. We want to transform the way new knowledge is shared openly and without barriers.
10 Good Reasons to Publish in UCL Open: Environment
- Covers a broad spectrum of environment related research, including life and earth sciences, medical, physical, population, engineering, and social sciences – read more in the aims and scope
- Low Article-Processing Charges (APC) and free publication for UCL authors (see our APC pages for further information)
- Faster publication process than established journals
- Grounded in the open science principles – open, transparent, and accountable publications
- Open to anyone to submit to – early, mid-career and established researchers are all encouraged to submit, review, and contribute
- Preprint server access to your paper immediately enhances discoverability and faster global collaboration
- Access to UCL Open: Environment is free to anyone anywhere in the world regardless of location or financial means
- Linked to your ORCID – articles are added automatically to your ORCID (see here if you need support on getting one)
- Primary focus on inter- and multi-disciplinary research articles
- Radical and critical thinking applied to real world problems that benefit humanity will be showcased in UCL Open: Environment
What can a researcher do on UCL Open: Environment?
Powered by the ScienceOpen search and discovery platform, publishing with UCL Open: Environment provides a wide range of tools to support your article:
- Multidimensional search in millions of article records for quick orientation, across hundreds of journals: filter your search by 18 filters including open access, preprint, author, keyword, content type, source and more, or use one of the many article Collections set up by other researchers to help narrow your search.
- Export search results in EndNote, BibTex, and Reference Manager (RIS) formats for easy integration with other reference management systems. Up to 200 citations exported at a time.
- Save your search to find the newest articles in your field with one click.
- Bookmark the articles you are interested in to explore later.
- Write an Author Summary on your article that can help explain your research in plain language to the general public. Add a summary, thumbnail image, keywords, and disciplines to your article to increase the discoverability of your research.
- Review an article and share your expertise with the community. A review on UCL Open: Environment is linked with ORCID and published with a Crossref DOI, meaning reviews are re-usable, citable, and permanent records of your reviewing activities, and therefore all of your review activities can be integrated with ORCID, Publons and ImpactStory, helping to build your profile as a researcher. Read more about review at our For reviewers pages.
- Edit your own Collection in ScienceOpen to present the best research in your field for better discovery by your peers. Create a comprehensive bibliography of a subject or just highlight the top few papers in your discipline. The Collection functionality is built to flexibly meet a wide range of goals for the research community. Read here for more information: http://about.scienceopen.com/collections/.
- Your personal MyScienceOpen profile is integrated with ORCID, meaning your articles published in UCL Open: Environment are automatically added to your ORCiD. Additionally, you can add your previous publications from or to your ORCID record with one click within the ScienceOpen search and discovery platform at www.scienceopen.com.
- An interactive bibliography on UCL Open: Environment opens your article to search and sort across the ScienceOpen search and discovery platform, as well as across other indexers and catalogues.
- Track usage, citations, and uptake of your article and watch it develop over time. A whole suite of metrics is available at your fingertips with every article.
- Follow researchers for updates on their activities and to expand your network.
Open for anyone to submit to, UCL Open: Environment will focus on all aspects of environment related research – from life and earth sciences, as well as medical, physical, engineering, and social sciences.
Articles will be judged on the merit and scientific validity (sound scholarship) of the work and the Editors are inviting submissions from any grade of researcher at UCL and beyond, at all career stages, including early career researchers, professionals and senior scholars.
You will find further information on these pages on how to prepare your article for submission, how the peer review process works and how you as an author can help, as well as further information about publishing in UCL Open: Environment. You can also contact the editorial office by emailing email@example.com.
Information for authors on how to submit to UCL Open: Environment as well as how to resubmit revisions.
Information for authors on how to prepare your manuscript for submission, including author guidelines and tips for a successful submission.
If you are considering submitting, find more information about what you can submit for publication.
Read about how peer review works and what you can do as an author to get your work reviewed appropriately.
Information on our open data policy and how you can get the most out of making your data open.
Read how UCL Open: Environment utilises ORCID as well as registering and linking your ORCID to submit, review and comment.
Read the author contributor agreement terms and conditions for publication in UCL Open: Environment.
Publishing open access articles isn’t without cost. UCL Open: Environment levies an Article-Processing Charge (APC) to all non-UCL authors once the article has been editorially accepted, however, the APC price is set as low as possible so to cover the open access publication costs of the article, including typesetting and copyediting, publication, and indexing. See here for the further information on APCs including applying for waivers.
One of the benefits of publishing your work at UCL Open: Environment is once a new submission is approved by the Editor for peer review, it is then immediately made free to read online under the CC-BY 4.0 attribution license, with an assigned DOI, making it immediately re-usable and citable. Find out more about citing a preprint article and an official publication in UCL Open: Environment.
Why review for UCL Open: Environment?
Review by academic peers is an essential part of the scholarly publishing and communication process. By sharing their expert opinion, peers evaluate and improve the research of their peers. However, peer review is not a perfect system. One of the concerns with the traditional closed model of peer review where reviewers are anonymised to authors is that reviewers are seldom credited for their voluntary performance. A further dispute is that unscrupulous reviewers can hamper scientific progress by demanding questionable changes, either intentionally exploiting anonymity or because they are simply unsuitable. Peer review suffers from a lack of transparency, recognition, and accountability.
UCL Open: Environment is different. We operate on an open peer review model where the identity of the reviewers and their comments are visible at all times. This means that reviews have to be constructive, courteous, and well-written, as we should expect. These reviews are also moderated by ORCID to maintain some standard of quality control that goes beyond status or any sort of academic hierarchy. Any sort of system like this requires a standard of moderation, and we believe that by integrating with ORCID this is the fairest and most robust way of doing so.
Reviews are published with a Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY (4.0) licence and also receive a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) from CrossRef, similar to a formal research publication. This means that reviews are re-usable, citable and permanent records of your reviewing activities, and therefore all of your review activities can be integrated with ORCID, Publons and ImpactStory, helping to build your profile as a researcher.
Who can perform a peer review?
To perform a peer review, all you need are five records associated with your ORCID to demonstrate that you are an active and professional researcher. If you are early in your career and see something that you just have to peer review, let the Editors know and we can arrange for access to review. If you do not yet have an ORCID identity, you can easily sign up online using your professional email address and add your publication history.
Users with at least one publication linked to their ORCID account are able to comment on a article.
Authors are encouraged to aid the peer review process by inviting reviewers to review their preprint article openly (the names and affiliations of reviewers are published alongside their review reports). Further information about this can be found in our open peer review process pages.
Comments can be much shorter than reviews and may either add relevant information to the discussion, highlight certain aspects of the publication, or express general agreement or disagreement. Comments should either support other readers in making up their own mind about the paper or encourage the authors to further improve their work.
Please keep the following points in mind before commenting on a article:
- Comments are made under your real identity (ORCID) and are visible to the public.
- Comments should be written in clear and comprehensible English.
- The feedback should be constructive and issue-focused.
- We expect everyone to express their opinion in a polite and objective way.
- In case of disagreement, please be respectful and refrain from personal attacks.
- Please inform the editorial office if you encounter any inappropriate comment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Editors may intervene at any point should there be any concern about a misuse of reviewing and commenting tools.
Please read our peer review and commenting code of conduct for further guidance and information.
Read more about the process of the preprint server post publication open peer review, at UCL Open: Environment.
Find out how to contribute a peer review at UCL Open: Environment.
Read about our peer review and commenting code of conduct and best practice for open peer review.
Read how UCL Open: Environment utilises ORCID as well as registering and linking your ORCID to submit, review and comment.
One of the benefits of publishing your work at UCL Open: Environment is that once a new submission is approved by the Editor for peer review, it is immediately made free to read online under the CC-BY 4.0 attribution licence, with an assigned DOI, making it immediately re-usable and citable. Find out more about citing a preprint article and an official publication in UCL Open: Environment.
UCL and UCL Press regard it as fundamental that research should be conducted and published according to ethical guidelines. Read further information on all our editorial policies, guiding Editors, authors, reviewers and users through ethical publication behaviour.
UCL and UCL Press regard it as fundamental that research should be conducted and published according to ethical guidelines. In the pages listed below you will find further information on all our editorial policies, guiding Editors, authors, reviewers and users, through ethical publication behaviour.
UCL Press endeavours to abide by the best practice as laid out in the
Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, as developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).