About the Press

UBP Open Books is the open access monograph imprint of the University of Buckingham Press. Our mission is to publish meaningful and insightful research and written content and make it available to as wide a global readership as possible.

The University of Buckingham Press is a long-standing academic publisher of books and journals. In 2019, it was acquired by award-winning publishing group, Legend Times. Since acquisition, the press has announced plans to substantially expand its range of journals and open access monographs as well as its global reach and distibution for all research published.

In addition, the University of Buckingham Press has launched a number of new journal and open access platforms and has built content partnerships with over 50 global academic institutions.

Peer Review Process

Each book is single blind peer reviewed. Initially the content is reviewed by the editor and the assistant editor. The Press has an editorial board, and its members cover a wide range of disciplines within the educational field. All the members of the board have an established track record in academic publication.

Once the book or chapters are accepted to peer-review they are then sent to selected peer reviewers. Each book or chapter is peer reviewed by at least two reviewers and each reviewer will submit their review including comments and a recommendation when to accept for publication, reject or to request revisions to the text.

The key criteria  for review are:

  • Knowledge of the field (preferably including publication and research)
  • Evidence of fresh and contemporary thinking around the declared focus
  • Internal coherence of presented arguments
  • Evidence of conceptual thinking
  • Academic competence in writing and presentation
  • Evidence of wide and appropriate reading around the presented area
  • An absence of plagiarism (neither the work of somebody else or a recycling of their own!)
  • An engaging but not flippant writing style
  • An absence of polemic
  • Appropriate criticality
Once the final book or chapters are accepted, the authors are informed and they then move into the production process, which includes proofreading and typesetting of the content. Authors will receive two rounds of proofs to ensure the final published text is of as high a standard as possible.

Open Access Policy

The Press is fully committed to open access for academic work, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its books and to use them for any other lawful purpose. All the books published are free to access immediately from the date of publication. We do not charge any fees for any reader to download articles for their own scholarly use.

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

Self-Archiving and Institutional Repositories

UBP offers a publishing model that enables wide access to academic research, global readership for our authors and ensures the long-term preservation of published content. As a result, we permit authors to archive their contributions to the books. This can be either via authors' own websites, or via their institution’s or funding body’s online repository or archive

In addition, all published books are archived by UBP at The British Library.


Content is available on Open Access basis under the following license: CC BY-NC (for more information visit: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/)



University of Buckingham Press is based in Central London. For general enquiries to the press, email info@unibuckinghampress.com