University of Buckingham Press launches Open Access imprint

University of Buckingham Press launches Open Access imprint

Academic publisher University of Buckingham Press (UBP) is launching an online Open Access imprint.

The UBP Open Books imprint will feature new titles published on a "gold Open Access basis", meaning the online edition of a publication is available to be read, downloaded and shared for free, as long as the author is credited. 

The imprint will utilise a under a CC-BY-NC licence, which limits use to non-commercial contexts, to ensure all digital editions are available equally and openly to a global audience.
As part of its new books strategy, the UBP Open Books imprint will run in tandem with its commissioned books list. The press is also looking at ways  to move a number of backlist titles across to its Open Access list.

Since being acquired by publishing group Legend Times in 2019, UBP has also doubled its range of academic journals and announced a number of partnerships to expand the global reach of its published content. 

The first of the UBP Open Books titles will be released in early 2022, with one title on growing and evolving a business already under way, in addition to a series of titles on cyber security. UBP will consider any Open Access proposals around its core subjects, which are education, business and economics, cyber security, medicine, humanities and social sciences.

All Open Access book publications will be peer-reviewed and for content accepted for publication, book publication or chapter publication charges will apply, depending on whether the title is a single or multi-author publication.

Tom Chalmers, m.d. of Legend Times, commented: “Two points that are essential to the mission of UBP are to be at the forefront of the evolution of scholarly publishing and also to provide equal and Open Access to content. We see the launch of UBP Open Books as both an exciting venture and a demonstration of our commitment to open access publishing. We are looking forward to seeing the new imprint grow and develop a strong reputation for publishing high-quality, relevant and important work.”