How to submit

Authors should read through the author guidelines and notes about how to prepare a manuscript for submission, as well as the publishing policies, before submitting to the journal.


Once you are ready to submit, please ensure that you have signed into MyScienceOpen with your ORCID.

Submit your manuscript here

Submitting your manuscript

New submissions are first posted online to the UCL Open: Environment preprint server for open peer review. It is important to note here that all preprint articles are deemed under review for the journal and declared as not yet peer reviewed.

Submit your manuscript as a PDF file via the ‘Submit here’ button above and complete the online form – you will be asked to sign in to MyScienceOpen with your ORCID, or if you are first time user you will be asked to register your ORCID with the journal. Please ensure you have written a covering letter to sumamrise key findings and contextualise your article for a multi-disciplinary audience.

The journal aims to keep submission as simple and straight forward as possible, but please make sure to read through the author guidelines to ensure you have everything included in your manuscript that is required for open peer review.

After submission your manuscript will undergo assessment by a journal Editor to check for suitability, completeness, and basic scholarly integrity in line with our publishing policies. If approved for peer review the PDF file will be uploaded as a preprint article under submission to the journal and pending open peer review, on the preprint server (UCL Open: Environment Preprint).

All preprint articles are assigned a Crossref DOI, and made available under a CC BY 4.0 attribution licence. The preprint article is then open to peer review. See our peer review pages on how to get involved.

Submission statement of intent

Upon submitting, the article is considered under review for possible publication on the condition that it is submitted solely to UCL Open: Environment and that the article or a substantial portion of it is not under consideration and has not been published elsewhere. You can read more about these terms in our author licence agreement publically available online at http://ucl-about.scienceopen.com/author-contributor-agreement.

Re-submitting a revision

During review, the journal Editor may send a request for revision outlining what is needed to be revised for publication in the journal. When requested to revise, please follow and make note of the below points to improve reference to any changes for the journal Editor and reviewers:

  1. Please provide a summary of changes made as a covering letter and attach as the first page to the PDF (this should be page one of your paper). We discourage uploading files with Microsoft Word’s Track Changes function included. 
  2. Highlight any changes in text. Note: authors have been providing a text colour change where text has been edited (which seems to be working quite well), here is an example revision – https://ucl.scienceopen.com/document?vid=2f470532-01ab-4dd7-b10c-16675cf85cff  
  3. Respond to each of the reviewer reports by commenting, found at the bottom of the review page.


Once you are ready to submit please follow these 3 steps:

  1. Login to MyScienceOpen
  2. Navigate to your paper online and you will then see a ‘New Revision’ button under the ‘Read’ button. Click this to upload a new file in the submission form.
  3. Check all details are correct and upload the new revised PDF file.

Responding to reviewer reports and comments

Authros should dircetly respond to reviewer reports and comments when supplying a new revised version when requested by the Editor, to provide clarity and answer any queries that have been raised. Authors can respond to comments by signing in to MyScienceOpen using their ORCID and commenting back to a reviewer report.

To ensure the highest-quality research in UCL Open: Environment, authors, reviewers and any user wishing to comment on the site are expected to uphold and follow our peer review and commenting code of conduct, found online at http://ucl-about.scienceopen.com/review-and-comment-code-conduct. When responding to reviewer comments, authors should do so politely and professionally, to:


  1. Address all points raised by the editor and reviewers, preferably sequentially and in a bullet point list;
  2. Outline what revisions have been made, including where applicable any further or additional analyses or experiments;
  3. Provide a polite objective rebuttal to any points or comments disagreed with.