At Ubiquity Press we believe that academic publishing is about achieving the widest possible dissemination of research, with the maximum benefit for authors, and in a transparent, cost-effective manner. If you are interested in starting or transferring an existing journal, or publishing a book, please contact us and we will be happy to explore this with you. We believe that the control of publishing should be maintained by researchers, and we therefore especially support publishing by academic societies and university presses. We also recognize the value of research data and software, and provide important solutions to enable their publication.
Ubiquity Press journals are published as 100% open access, with Creative Commons CC-BY licenses. Highly cost-effective, all journals have low and transparent APCs. This allows institutions to make better use of their funds, makes open access publishing affordable (especially for disciplines with less funding such as the humanities), and allows societies to replace subscription income.
We provide dedicated editorial support to all journals, and ensure that they are operated with a high degree of integrity, with full anti-plagiarism checking, rigorous peer review, and open data publication. For more details please see our Research Integrity page.
Our average base Article Processing Charge (APC) is only £300 (€375, $500) and this is the only thing we charge. In order to establish trust with authors, institutions and funders, we provide a transparent breakdown of how the APC is calculated:
Ubiquity Press is completely sustainable based on APCs alone. We were born open and electronic, without legacy costs such as managing subscriptions and print distribution. Our platform makes use of open source software wherever possible, and all of our production work is done offshore by a highly-skilled but cost-effective team (see our FAQ for details of our outsourcing policy). We can therefore maintain a base APC that is around 10% that of many of our competitors. This provides a lower-cost alternative for authors, funders and universities, and means that library and research budgets can go further. Our fees are fully transparent - you can trust us that every penny goes towards providing a high quality, sustainable publishing service, and not towards sky-high publisher profits.
Ubiquity Press Metajournals provide a fully open access way to discover research resources that are spread across multiple locations and usually hard to find. Our meta papers reward authors for openly archiving their research datasets, software, bioresources and reports, through citation and impact tracking. By doing so they also enable new and more efficient research, new collaborations, and use by the public (e.g. for teaching and journalism). The following metajournals are currently available:
Ubiquity Press books are (full-text) peer reviewed and published fully open access, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license, as we believe that book authors should receive the maximum dissemination of their work. This is important for increasing the impact of research, in particular in disciplines where a high proportion of work is distributed in book form.
Our books are free to read online and free to download in a variety of formats. Hardcopies can be purchased through the normal bookseller outlets, usually at below average prices. As standard practice we return 40% of profits from print sales of the book to the author(s)/editor(s) while another 40% are held in the Open Access Books Discount and Waiver Fund we have established to help reduce costs for authors without funds available for open access book publishing.
We recognise that authors benefit from having their work disseminated as quickly as possible. Once a book has passed peer review and final copy has been supplied, Ubiquity Press undertakes to publish the book as quick as possible (usually within 2-4 months, depending on extent and complexity). We also offer the possibility of publishing chapter-by-chapter.
All individually authored items (i.e. books, chapters, data) are citable using DOIs. Citations are tracked which enables authors/editors to take credit for their book publications in the same way they currently do with journal articles.
If a book proposal is accepted, Ubiquity Press can provide guidance and documentation on how to prepare and send the book content. As a brief guide, we have a template book available to offer basic instructions on how books should be formatted. We recommend that potential authors review this during the proposal discussions.
Our business model involves charging only for the work we actually do in producing books, and does not rely on print revenues for sustainability. Because of this, we release all content under a CC-BY license which enables maximum dissemination. Other publishers that rely on print revenue often use more restrictive licenses, limiting the reach and impact of the author's work.
Books are published with processing fees similar to those used for journals (in this case Book Processing Charges, or BPCs). As with our journal APCs, we can maintain BPCs which are significantly lower than those offered by other publishers (this is particularly true when comparing CC-BY options only). The BPC is typically covered by a funder or institution, and where possible we waive or reduce BPCs.
For information about some funders and institutions which make funds available for open access book publications visit our webpage on open access funds. Also please feel free to get in touch with us (at email@example.com) regarding such funds and we might be able to offer assistance or advice.
We offer tiered publishing services starting with a core service for camera-ready copy manuscripts up to those requiring additional work. The core service includes:
On top of the core service we often provide a full typesetting (TS) service (see level 1 in table below). By providing a 'camera-ready' manuscript (or close) costs can be further reduced (by ca. 5-15% of the level 1 BPC). If you are interested in the camera-ready option, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the level 1 service we provide copyediting guidelines. At the same time we offer a full range of copyediting (CE), language checking and book index (IN) services. The table below shows BPC estimates (excluding VAT which often is not charged), based on the size of the book and services provided.
All BPCs include 2% contribution to the Open Access Books Discount and Waiver Fund we maintain to help reduce costs for authors without funds available for open access book publishing, e.g. authors from low-income countries.
Please contact us at email@example.com for a quote by providing information on estimated word count, number of figures/tables and data/media items, service level required and whether it is for an edited or authored book.
|Service level \ size of book||ca. 30,000 words||ca. 100,000 words||ca. 200,000 words|
|1] Core service +TS||£2,860||£3,780||£5,000|
|2] Core service +TS +CE||£3,210||£5,050||£7,550|
|3] Core service +TS +CE +IN||£3,520||£5,920||£9,340|
Ubiquity Press's core service for authors able to provide camera-ready copy, or close, is a highly cost-effective option, and in particular provides an important open access publication route for disciplines with less access to funding, while our prices overall are highly competitive.
Taking out a membership with Ubiquity Press is a great way for institutions to demonstrate their backing of a more sustainable and affordable open access model and to support their researchers by making it easy for them to publish in our range of journals and/or to publish books. Our broad subject coverage also means that the benefits of open access publishing can be enjoyed by researchers in a much wider range of disciplines.
Member institutions agree to pay the APCs (and/or BPCs) for their researchers, and in return receive a loyalty discount on the cost of publishing in Ubiquity Press journals (and/or publishing books), making open access funds stretch further.
Institutions can deposit an amount (minimum £1,000) with us to receive a 10% discount on the cost of publishing in any journal in the Ubiquity Press network. If desired, the deposited amount can also be used to cover the cost of the publication of books written by academics at the institution. The deposit can be topped up at any time and funds will carry-over until spent.
The Institution agrees to cover the costs of any articles and/or books published by eligible researchers in return for a 5% discount on all APCs and/or BPCs. This is a great way for institutions to make Ubiquity Press journals and book publishing options easily accessible to their researchers without any upfront commitment of funds.
The following institutions currently hold open access memberships with Ubiquity Press:
Whether your society is small, with 2-3 journals, or has a large portfolio of journals and books, Ubiquity Press can provide it with a fully re-branded, professional publishing presence. We provide you with a fully open access service to ensure the widest possible dissemination and impact of your members’ work, while also offering you a range of ways to continue to earn vital revenue from its operation. As our base APCs and BPCs are highly cost-efficient, societies can afford to charge a fee on top of this to generate income, while still remaining price competitive. To find out more about hosting your society’s publishing operations with Ubiquity Press, please contact our team.
University and academic society presses play an essential role in academic publishing, having a closer relationship with researchers and a better understanding of their needs which is not always the case with other publishers. Many universities and their libraries are considering starting new presses in response to this demand, but in difficult economic times many established university presses are also being forced to close down due to funding difficulties. Ubiquity Press can provide your institution with a fully featured and completely re-branded platform hosting academic journals and books, and including all systems required to manage and operate the press. We take care of the technical and production side of things, freeing you to focus on what you do best – supporting your researchers and helping them to disseminate their work as widely as possible, with the status and prestige of your own institutional imprint. By leveraging the scalability and existing operations of the Ubiquity Press platform, this is a fully sustainable and highly affordable option that enables universities to take back control of publishing. To find out more about running a press at your university with Ubiquity Press, please contact our team.
Institutions and societies that run their presses with us become members of the Ubiquity Partner Network, with benefits such as shared resources, a combined peer review pool, cascading content, and Steering Board membership.
Visit the Ubiquity Partner Network page for more information and a list of partners.