How to submit

Authors are advised to read through the prepare your manuscript pages and our publishing policies first before submitting. Once you are ready to submit, please ensure that you have signed into MyScienceOpen with your ORCID ID.

Submitting your manuscript

New submissions are first posted online to the UCL Open: Environment preprint server for open peer review.

Preprints are scholarly papers not yet published in a peer-reviewed journal. They speed the delivery and accessibility of academic work and lead to faster reuse by the scientific community. Being freely accessible, UCL Open: Environment enables knowledge to spread beyond typical journal subscribers at university and research settings, during the review process.

Submit your manuscript via the ‘Submit a manuscript’ button at https://ucl.scienceopen.com. The simple upload form allows you to link your ORCiD ID, add co-authors, declare funding, link to any data and more. After submission your manuscript will undergo a review by our Editors to check for suitability, completeness, and basic scholarly integrity in line with our publishing policies. After approval for peer review by the Editor, the manuscript file will be posted online on the preprint server, UCL Open: Environment Preprint, with a Crossref DOI, under a CC BY 4.0 attribution license, as a preprint article under peer review submitted for publication in UCL Open: Environment. 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 license agreement available online at https://ucl-about.scienceopen.com/author-contributor-agreement.

Submitting revisions

Should revisions to your article be requested to raise the acceptability for publication in the journal or if you would like to submit a revised version, please ensure that you follow the points below when revising your article and responding to peer review comments.

When you are ready to submit a revision of your article to UCL Open: Environment, you should firstly navigate back to your article online. You can find the article by signing in using your ORCID ID at https://ucl.scienceopen.com. Once you are signed in you can find your list of articles under the MyScienceOpen menu in the top menu bar, under the Publications heading. Then navigate to the article you are submitting a revision for.

Once you are viewing your article and are signed in via ORCID, you should submit your revision by clicking on the New revision button located directly under the article information section:

Responding to reviewer reports and comments

It is best practice and strongly encouraged for authors to respond to reviewer reports and comments, to provide clarity and answer any queries that have been raised. Authors can respond to comments by signing in via ORCiD ID and directly responding to a comment as it appears online.

When submitting a revision we also encourage authors to reply to a reviewer report.

  • You should aim to address all points raised by the editor and reviewers, preferably sequentially and in a bullet point list.
  • Outline what revisions you made to your manuscript in your response comment.
  • Where applicable, perform any additional analyses or experiments the reviewers and Editors recommend (unless you feel that they would not make your paper better; if this is the case, explain why in your response comment).
  • Provide a polite objective rebuttal to any points or comments you disagree with.

Please clearly show and/or highlight the revisions you have made in the text. This can be accommodated by making use of line numbering, using a different colour text, or by highlighting the text. We discourage uploading files with Microsoft Word’s Track Changes function included.

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:

How to cite

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.