Pre-screening submissions is the best possible defence against plagiarism. All journal articles and book manuscripts submitted to Ubiquity Press are screened for plagiarism by the Similarity Check system from Crossref. This system compares incoming submissions to a large database of academic content, and alerts editors to any possible issues. Reports are assessed by trained editorial staff, who follow COPE guidelines on how to deal with suspected cases of plagiarism. Feedback relating to possible plagiarism for published articles will also be fully investigated, using Similarity Check and COPE guidelines. Cases of proven plagiarism will result in Correction or Retraction notices being released. In cases of obvious attempts to manipulate the scholarly records, an author's institution may be contacted.
Ubiquity Press ensures that all research output, in both journals and books, is thoroughly peer reviewed by external reviewers, and offer the option of open peer review if required. Publications of a commentary or opinion nature may not be sent for external peer review but will include extensive editorial review and revisions. Authorship is defined as per our authorship guidelines, and declarations of competing interests are requested. Through membership of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), our editors and editorial boards receive ethical guidance and professional networking. All of our journals adhere to the COPE guidelines for best practice. For more information, visit our peer review policy page. For post-publication errors, we will adhere to our Correction and Retraction policy. Receipt of appeals, complaints or allegations of misconduct will be dealt with as per our policy.
All Ubiquity Press content is released under open licenses from Creative Commons. We believe that only CC BY meets the requirements for true open access for books and journals, and strongly prefer CC0 for open research data.
We are a signatory of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, which states that open access “…will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge.”
We also endorse the Panton Principles, which state that "for science to effectively function, and for society to reap the full benefits from scientific endeavours, it is crucial that science data be made open."
All Ubiquity Press journals and books strongly encourage authors to make the research objects associated with their publications openly available. This includes research data, software, bioresources and methodologies. This means that peer reviewers are able to better assess the foundations of claims made, and the research community and wider public are able to similarly validate authors’ work, and are more easily able to extend and build upon it.
Journals and books can be archived to an institutional repository, or with subject-specific repositories such as Dryad on request (note, archiving may incur a fee).
Authors also have the option of submitting data or software metapapers to any of our journals, or to a specifically themed metajournal. This makes the associated resource more easily citable, and provides an additional incentive for the author to make it available.
All Ubiquity Press content is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and made publicly available via the Initiative for Open Citations. This means that all of our references are made available so that citations can be tracked by the publishing community, and the content is added to the Cross-Check anti-plagiarism database.
Journals will be indexed as widely as possible, with platforms such as Google Scholar and Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) as standard. Each journal will display where they are indexed on their own websites.
As members of CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) our content is regularly archived with many of the world's leading research libraries. The CLOCKSS archive ensures that Ubiquity Press content will always be made available as open access, in any eventuality.
Where relevant we automatically archive journal and book content with subject specific archives such as Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), PubMed Central or Europe PMC / PMC Bookshelf. Our books are also disseminated via OAPEN.
We fully support and encourage author self-archiving of all content (sometimes termed 'green' open access). All Ubiquity Press journals are registered with SHERPA/RoMEO to ensure that the license terms and self-archiving policies of the journals are 100% clear.
The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) provides an opportunity to work with other publishers to further the interests of researchers in advocating open access throughout the world, and requires all members to follow a Code of Conduct.
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the largest international trade association for scholarly and professional publishers, provides access to professional training materials and events.
The Association of University Presses is an organization of mission-driven publishers whose members strive to advance scholarship through their offerings. The Association’s mission is to assist its members through professional education, cooperative services, and public advocacy.
The Association of European University Presses is an organisation of and for university presses across Europe to help them build stronger relationships, to co-operate and share knowledge in order to reach common goals and to jointly address important issues.
Ubiquity Press uses open, non-proprietary standards for all of its content, meaning that it can be easily transferred to archives and other publishers. All of our article XML is compliant with the Journal Archiving Tag Suite (JATS) schema.
We endorse and adhere to the NISO Transfer Code of Practice, which ensures that when a journal transfers between publishers, that librarians, editors, and other publishers are informed and treated fairly.
Core components of our platform such as Open Journal Systems and the Hyku repository system are fully open source, so our partners can continue to operate them independently if they choose too. We plan to release all external service code under an open source licence in early 2019.
Our contracts with societies are also very different to those of other publishers. We do not seek to possess journals or books content, but instead to support societies in operating them. All copyright to the published content is retained by the authors, Ubiquity Press does not retain rights to the published content and the content can be transferred away from Ubiquity Press if the society decided to change the publisher.