Ubiquity Press is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed, academic journals and books. Our flexible publishing model makes journals and books affordable, and enables researchers around the world to find and access the information they need, without barriers.
Ubiquity Press was founded by researchers at University College London (UCL) in 2012. We believe that the aim of academic publishing should be the widest possible dissemination of research, and are therefore 100% open access. To enhance the reuse potential and impact of research we also strongly support the publishing of associated resources such as data and software.
To be as close to research as possible we support university and society-based publishing. As well as operating our own highly cost effective press, we also provide access to the platform to give universities and societies the infrastructure and services they need to run their own presses, and allows societies to earn income from open access.
Originally based in the UCL Advances Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Interaction, we now maintain close ties with the with the university community from our offices in Central London.
More information can also be found in an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education: "Open Access Ahoy: An Interview with Ubiquity Press".
The Ubiquity Press Advisory Board is a network of experts who have agreed to provide advice and guidance in areas such as technology, open access, and publishing policy.
Dr Paul Ayris has been Director of UCL Library Services since 1997. He is also the UCL Copyright Officer. Dr Ayris is the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) and is also Secretary of the SPARC-Europe Board.
He co-chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the CERN Workshops on Scholarly Communication. He is a member of the JISC's Electronic Information Resources Working Group and was, until recently, a member of the NSF-funded Blue Ribbon Task Force on economically-sustainable digital preservation. He has a PhD in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies.
David De Roure is a Professor of e-Research in the Oxford e-Research Centre and National Strategic Director for Digital Social Research. His research projects draw on Web 2.0, Semantic Web, workflow and pervasive computing technologies and he focuses on the co-evolution of digital technologies and research methods in and between multiple disciplines. These include digital humanities (computational musicology), social sciences (social statistics), chemistry (smart labs), bioinformatics (in silico experimentation) and environmental science (sensor networks).
In Open Science he advocates sharing methods and Research Objects, and runs the myexperiment.org social website. He has an extensive background in Web and Linked Data and is a champion for the Web Science Trust, with a focus on the Internet of Things. He has been closely involved in the UK e-Science programme and is chair of the UK e-Science Forum. In 2011 he was elected as a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Suzanne Kemperman (@suzaskia) is the Director of Business Development and Publisher Relations at OCLC. She is responsible for OCLC's content acquisition strategy and partnerships with global content providers to enhance content discovery and access in libraries and on the web. She is dedicated to increasing the collaboration between libraries and publishers and has a special interest in Open Access. Suzanne served on the external stakeholders board for OAPEN and serves on the board of the Boulder Book Festival. She has worked for 30 years in the academic publishing, library and information industry in Europe and the United States, including Westermann, Springer and New York University Press.
Joseph McArthur is the Assistant Director of the Right to Research Coalition. Joe works to further strengthen the Right to Research Coalition's engagement with its membership of more than 75 student organizations, which collectively represent nearly 7 million students in over 100 countries around the world. He also supports the work of OpenCon, the premier conference and community supporting the next generation to advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. Joe is also the co-founder of the Open Access Button, and continues to support their work.
Dr Rufus Pollock is co-Founder and Director of the Open Knowledge Foundation, a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and an Associate of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge. He has worked extensively as a scholar and developer on the social, legal and technological issues related to the creation and sharing of knowledge. He has contributed heavily to projects such as Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN), Where Does My Money Go, Open Data Commons, and Open Shakespeare.
Jason is a 3rd-year doctoral student in information science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, studying how the Web is revolutionizing scholarly communication. Jason helped build and promote the altmetrics movement, investigating new measures of scholarly impact on the social Web, and is a co-developer in the open-source ImpactStory project, building a tool to gather alternative measures. He tweets at @jasonpriem.
Carol Priestley was Founder and Director of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) from 1992 to 2007 and is currently Director of the Network for Information & Digital Access (NIDA). Although now based in Oxford, UK, Carol has spent many years working in both Asia and Africa. She has a background in Earth Sciences, and her career has largely been within the international development sector.
Her particular interest is that all people are able to access, utilise and contribute information, ideas and knowledge necessary to support sustainable and equitable development. She was centrally involved in the establishment of a number of publishing support activities, including the Journals Online (JOL) project and AuthorAid. Carol was awarded an MBE in 2007 for her services to science in developing and transitional countries.
In March 2010 David Prosser became the Executive Director of RLUK, the representative body for the UK’s leading research libraries. Before moving to RLUK, he was, from 2002, the founding Director of SPARC Europe, an alliance of over 110 research-led university libraries from 14 European countries advocating new models of scholarly communication. Previously, he spent ten years in science, technical, and medical journal publishing for both Oxford University Press and Elsevier Science. During this time he was involved in all aspects of publishing from production through to editorial and financial management of journals. Before becoming a publisher he received a PhD and BSc in Physics from Leeds University, UK.
Andrew Waller is Licensing and Negotiation Librarian in the Collections unit at the University of Calgary, Canada, where he does the licensing work for e-journals and other electronic resources. He is also the Open Access Librarian in the Scholarly Communication Centre at the University of Calgary. Andrew has regularly written on and spoken about open access over the last several years. He is one of the people behind the Open Access Librarian blog and is a Canadian editor for the open access repository for library and information science, E-LIS. In 2011 he was named Open Access Advocate of the Year in BioMed Central's Research Awards.
Anthony Watkinson is part-time lecturer at University College London (UCL). His central interest is in the transition between scholarly communication in print and scholarly communication in digital form and with the interactions between different players in the information chain finding their feet in the digital environment. He has written on Electronic Solutions to the Problems of Monograph Publishing, Securing Authenticity of Scholarly Paternity and Integrity and most recently on Open Access with special reference to funding models.
For thirty years Anthony held senior management positions in a number of leading publishers including Academic Press (editorial director), Oxford University Press (head of journals), Chapman and Hall (publishing director), Thomson Science and Professional (intellectual property director), and Wiley-Blackwell (global dentistry publisher). He is on the organising committee of the Annual Charleston Conference, on the editorial board of ASLIB Proceedings and the Charleston Advisor, and is a member of the JISC E-Books Working Group.
The North America Library Advisory Board (LAB) consists of academic librarians within the United States and Canada with expertise in scholarly communication, digital scholarship, and library publishing. Library Advisory Board members are important voices in the Ubiquity community and provide feedback to ensure that our services align with library values and benefit the community in shifting to sustainable open access publishing.
Director, Collection Development and Management, California Digital Library
Head of Research Services, CalTech
Head of Collection Strategies, University of Rochester
Director of Digital Services and OER, Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative
Science & Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Saskatchewan
OER Project Manager, Lansing Community College
Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist, Temple University
Copyright Office and Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Victoria
Dean, University of Connecticut
Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ryerson University
Head of Digital Scholarship, Boston College
OER Team Leader, Tidewater Community College
Vice Dean, University of Arizona
Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of California San Diego
Scholarly Communications Librarian, City University of New York
Why submit my article to a Ubiquity Press journal?
As a researcher-led publisher we care about the same things as you. Our editors work hard to ensure that your articles are reviewed fairly and quickly, so that you receive timely and constructive reports that improve the quality of your work; our production team take pride in creating and distributing rich, value-added versions of your work to maximise impact and readership; and our developers are focused on adopting novel technologies such as alternative metrics to help you track impact and see who's talking about you.
How do I submit my article?
Find the appropriate journal at http://www.ubiquitypress.com/journals and navigate to the journal homepage. Register with the journal if you haven't already, then go to your profile and click 'New Submission'. If you need any help, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll guide you through the process.
How can I transfer a journal to Ubiquity Press?
We are happy to consider proposals from both established journals and groups looking to start a new journal to meet the needs of a community. Contact us at email@example.com to find out more.
What is an article processing charge (APC)?
All content published by Ubiquity Press is made freely available online. The costs of publication - including peer review, production, and archiving - are paid for by article processing charges (APCs). In general we expect the cost of publication to be covered by an author’s institution or funder, but where appropriate we waive or reduce APCs to ensure cost is not a barrier to publication.
Why publish a book with Ubiquity Press?
As a researcher-led publisher, Ubiquity Press is well aware that traditional academic book publishing models do not serve authors well by providing wide, impactful dissemination. We have therefore developed a highly cost-effective open access service including print on demand, full-text peer review and integration of data associated with the book in appropriate repositories. More information about the benefits of publishing a book with Ubiquity Press can be found here.
How do I submit a book proposal?
Register with our Book Management System (RUA) and complete the book proposal template. When happy with the information click ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the form. Once we have received your proposal we will acknowledge receipt and get back to you within 2-3 working days. General information about publishing a book with Ubiquity Press can be found here. If you have any questions, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a Book Processing Charge (BPC)?
Books published by Ubiquity Press are made freely available online and we do not rely on print sales of the book. The costs of publication of a book – including peer review, production, and archiving – are paid for instead by a Book Processing Charge (BPC). In general we expect the costs of publication to be covered by an author’s institution or funder, and where possible we waive or reduce BPCs. More information about BPCs can be found here.
How are APCs and BPCs administered?
Ubiquity Press works with Open Access Key (OAK) to administer APCs and BPCs. On publication of the article or book, OAK emails the author to request payment. If the author is from an institution with which OAK already has a relationship, then OAK will contact the institution fund manager in the first instance, and the author may not be involved in the payment process.
What are Ubiquity Press's business ethics when outsourcing work to suppliers?
Ubiquity Press outsources aspects of its work to external suppliers, where there is a compelling quality, cost, or scaling issue. With digital production, these companies can be located anywhere in the world, and we welcome the engagement with talented people contributing to the spread of knowledge, no matter what nationality.
We only work with companies with high standards of business ethics, and of care to their employees.
The suppliers we work with:
When Ubiquity Press works with suppliers we aim:
If you would like further information about our outsourcing strategy, our business ethics, or to find out more about our suppliers, please contact us.