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Focus 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, academics 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  article processing charges 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 1988 to 2011, Insights was published as Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community. Serials has been fully digitised and is openly accessible at

Publication Frequency

Insights is published online three times a year as one volume of three issues, publishing in March (copy deadline 1st January), July (copy deadline 1st May) and November (copy deadline 1st September). There are special collections, and articles may sometimes be made available ahead of an issue.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons licence agreement.

Archiving Policy

UKSG and Ubiquity Press focus on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Insights is indexed by the following services:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCOHost, and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSSLOCKSS and Portico archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

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