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UKSG's objectives include disseminating news, information and publications to enhance knowledge of the scholarly information sector. To this end, UKSG publishes Insights: the UKSG journal and UKSG eNews, the members’ fortnightly newsletter. It also published The E-Resources Management Handbook between 2006 and 2011.

Insights: the UKSG journal

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Insights: the UKSG journal

Steve Sharp and Lorraine Estelle

Editors:  Lorraine Estelle and Steve Sharp

Chair of the Insights Editorial Board: Jill Emery

Editorial Board



The Spring 2024 Editorial is here

The latest (2024) Call For Papers is here

Our Call for Papers on repositories is here (June 2024)

Insights supports UKSG’s objectives by:

  • providing a forum for the communication and exchange of ideas between the many stakeholders in the global knowledge community
  • disseminating news, information and publications, and raising awareness of services that support the scholarly information sector

Insights is fully open access and peer reviewed and now offers continuous publication. Article processing charges (APCs) are paid by UKSG to encourage contributions from people working in all areas of the knowledge community. Contributions include:

  • Editorials
  • Research articles
  • Case studies
  • Opinion pieces
  • Commentaries
  • Key issues
  • Conference reviews
  • People and profiles

UKSG has signed up with the Kudos service to enable our authors to communicate their work more effectively and increase their readership and impact.  Visit the Kudos website to learn more.

Insights is covered by the CLOCKSS and Portico dark archiving.  Both are dark archives to ensure the content remains freely available in the future.  Read more here:  CLOCKSS and Portico

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Meet the editors


"We are a leading open access journal which provides a forum for the exchange of ideas in the scholarly information sector. We welcome articles that will inform and stimulate debate about topical issues. Insights is editorially independent, but supported by UKSG so that our authors do not have to pay article processing charges." Lorraine Estelle and Steve Sharp


Read more about Lorraine Estelle. Lorraine Estelle is a director of Information Power, a woman-owned microbusiness providing consultancy services in the research and information space.  The company provides support that spans the spectrum of challeneges facing research funders, consortia, libraries and publishers.  Information Power specialise in engagement on sensitive issues including business strategies and open access policy and practice.  Previously Lorraine was Project Director of COUNTER.


Read more about Steve Sharp.  Steve Sharp is the Head of Library Resources at Sheffield Hallam University, with overall responsibility for collection development, purchasing and metadata services. Alongside this, he also has responsibility for the Library's Special Collection & Archives.  Before joining SHU, Steve spent 23 years at the University of Leeds in a variety of roles.  He has been active with the National Acquisitions Group (NAG) and also the North East & Yorkshire Academic Libraries (NEYAL) purchasing consortium, and currently sits on a number of publisher advisory boards.


Writing for Insights

The Insights Editorial Board is led by Co-Editors Lorraine Estelle and Steve Sharp, who welcome suggestions for articles and authors. Submissions for Insights may now be made online: details in our Author Guidelines.

Insights: the UKSG journal ISSN 2048-7754. From 1988 to 2011 (Volumes 1-24), Insights was published as Serials (ISSN 0953-0460). A full back-file of the journal (and Serials), is available online and is also archived by Portico and LOCKSS.

Some thoughts on open access from UKSG volunteers:




Abbreviations and Acronyms

A full list of industry A&As used in Insights, updated three times a year.