Insights: the UKSG journal

Insights: the UKSG journal is open access with article processing charges (APCs) fully supported by UKSG.
‘Leading by example’

“UKSG has long been seen as one of the leaders in the scholarly communication arena, so it is good to be able to demonstrate our commitment to OA publishing as a way of advancing scholarly communication. As a publisher, UKSG needs to consider how the market is changing generally. Open access is certainly beginning to make its mark in the industry as a whole." Steve Sharp and Lorraine Estelle


"And it is worth reminding ourselves that OA is not completely new to UKSG. Since making our content available electronically, we have made one or two articles in each issue openly available at the point of publication, but this number has increased over recent years as the number of requests from authors has increased. Each issue of Insights is also made openly available after 12 months." Steve Sharp and Lorraine Estelle

Aims and Scope
Insights: the UKSG journal (2048-7754) aims to support UKSG's mission to connect the information community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication, specifically to:
  • provide a forum for the communication and exchange of ideas between the many stakeholders in the global knowledge community
  • disseminate news, information and publications, and raise awareness of services that support the scholarly information sector.

Our editorial policy is to inform and stimulate debate about topical issues and provide a forum for debate. Issues contain a mix of articles written by librarians, publishers, vendors and other industry experts. We welcome submissions of research articles and case studies from the scholarly information sector, along with commissioning content such as conference reviews, editorial comment and features on people in the global knowledge community.

Insights is published three times a year, in electronic-only format. The journal is fully open access with no article processing charges payable by authors as these are fully supported by UKSG.  Articles are published under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY), although other more restrictive licences will be considered. Articles in the journal do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the journal, its editors or UKSG.

From Volume 27, No. 1, Insights: the UKSG journal and all back issues are fully open access.
Accessing Insights:
A full backfile of the journal (and Serials, its predecessor) is available online, and is archived by Portico and LOCKSS.
Abbreviations and Acronyms:
Please click here for a full list of abbreviations and acronyms used in Insights.
Writing for Insights
The Publications and Editorial Subcommittee is headed by Joint Editors Lorraine Estelle ( and Steve Sharp ( We welcome suggestions for articles and authors.
Why choose an OA journal?

"There are obvious advantages for our authors too, as many pieces of research have demonstrated that open access articles receive around 50% more full text accesses and PDF downloads than subscription access articles, and that they are cited earlier and more often than non-OA articles. With Insights content indexed in Scopus, we anticipate that a move to open access will herald an upsurge in interest." Steve Sharp and Lorraine Estelle

Before submitting material, please see our Author Guidelines for details of house style and online submission.  Then follow the online submission process. Articles are normally published under a CC BY Licence.
Insights is the new title (from volume 25, 2012) for Serials: connecting the knowledge community (0953-0460)

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