Student Journal Hosting

UCL offers a free service to UCL students who wish to run an open access journal. This service is managed by UCL Press, which provides the tools for students to independently manage and publish a fully open access journal, free of charge, using the Open Journals System (OJS) hosting service.

The programme currently comprises nine student journals which cover a wide range of subjects, from archaeology (the journal PIA - Papers from the Institute of Archaeology, established in 1990), to law (the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudencefirst published in 2012).

Each student journal is supported by a corresponding UCL faculty, who provide subject specialist support for content and peer review, and by UCL Press, who provide on-going publishing support, education about content publication, running and planning a journal publication, and succession planning at the end of the academic year. All student journals are peer-reviewed and the content is licensed under a creative commons CC-BY 4.0 license. UCL student journals  do not charge publication fees.

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Supporting department: UCL Centre for Publishing
A postgraduate journal focusing on publishing that aims to foster international debate on the constantly evolving nature of the publishing industry.


Moveable Type

Supporting department: UCL English
The graduate journal of the UCL English department which aims to publish work reflecting the current interests of postgraduate students.



Supporting department: UCL Department of History of Art
The postgraduate research journal of the Department of History of Art at UCL, which aims to represent the wide range of historical and theoretical concerns of current research students.



Supporting department: UCL faculties of Arts & Humanities, Built Environment, Laws and Social & Historical Sciences
An all-faculty, peer reviewed academic journal which aims to represent all UCL faculties.



Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (PIA)

Supporting department: UCL Institute of Archaeology
A peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes research on all aspects of archaeology, museum studies, cultural heritage and conservation.



Supporting department: UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
An interdisciplinary academic journal of Russian, Post-Soviet, Central & East European affairs.



Supporting department: The Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry, UCL
Aims to publish articles that stimulate critical turns of thought and deal with specific phenomena that have the ability to reveal more complex meanings.


Think Pieces

Supporting department: UCL Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies
A cross-disciplinary journal that aims to showcase exciting, up-and-coming work from a community of scholars, both students and academic staff, at UCL.


UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence

Supporting department: UCL Laws
A law journal publishing scholarly contributions from academics, researchers and practitioners, as well as showcasing outstanding research of post-graduate students at UCL.



As part of the innovative Connected Curriculum, UCL encourages all students to make connections with researchers and other students, undertake research activity and create original output. UCL student journals offer students the experience of managing and publishing their work in a credible open access peer reviewed journal, gaining skills that will prove invaluable in their future careers.

If you are a UCL student or faculty member and would like to start a new student journal or migrate an existing journal to become part of the open access student journals programme, please contact Ian Caswell, Journals Manager ( for further information.

Each student journal is managed and produced by UCL postgraduate student editors; these editors are typically in place for one academic year, working to produce a new issue each academic year, followed by new appointed student editors in the next academic year. Each student journal has their own processes to manage handover and should be contacted directly for any further information. 

Student editors undertake the creation and publication of open access journals, gaining valuable academic writing, editing and publishing experience, while also achieving greater visibility and impact for their department, their discipline and their own research. It is the task of the student editors to plan, manage, produce and market an issue each academic year for publication. 

UCL Press supports student editors by maintaining the Open Journal Systems and provides advice and guidance to student editors on a range of issues, including training in using systems, advising on copyright, ISSN and digital object identifier (DOI) registration, and guidance with succession planning. Each journal is in turn supported by a UCL faculty or department to provide subject expertise and support concerning content and peer review, usually with named academic staff members invited onto the student journals advisory board.

The diagram below shows a model of the editorial and publishing process undertaken by other journals using the OJS system. 


All student journal publications are indexed and registered with OpenAIRE – OpenAIRE is an initiative set about by the European Commission to substantially improve the discoverability and reusability of research publications and data. See the following link for more information:


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