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Focus and Scope

Opticon1826 is a multi-faculty journal. Contributions are welcome on any topic and in a variety of formats, including articles (i.e. research articles, systematic reviews, commentaries and creative work), reviews, images and letters to the editors. Contributions are warmly encouraged from all members of UCL, be they undergraduates, postgraduates or staff. Please follow the submissions guideline to ensure a prompt reviewing process. Any papers that do not conform to it will be returned.

Special Collections

Special collections bring together scholarship of a specific theme. They may, but do not need to, draw on papers from conferences, symposia and/or other forms of academic meetings. Thus, they may contain a combination of the materials listed below. In the first instance, please submit a one-paged, single-spaced, proposal to the Editors-in-Chief, who will discuss it with the Faculty Editors in the next termly meeting. This submission MUST include the names, affiliations and contact information of all of the collection’s editor(s) and contributors; itemize and order the submissions, specifying their types (e.g. articles, reviews or images); include the names of potential reviewers; and justify the selection of the material. This submission will give the Editorial Board an opportunity to provide formative feedback, and it may be treated as a draft for the introduction.

Please indicate in your proposal if you intend to produce a print issue of the special collection.


Articles are texts based on academic research. They include what is referred to as ‘systematic reviews,’ ‘research notes,’ and ‘commentaries’ in the social sciences and in the sciences or ‘creative work’ in the publishing field. Articles should normally not exceed 7,000 words, inclusive of bibliographical matters.

Commentaries should be taken to mean an article that

  • covers more than one book, article, film etc. to offer a response to a particular genre, theme, trend and such (e.g., the state of European film by way of a review of the 2007 Venice and Berlin film festivals); OR
  • uses a book, article, film, play etc. to discuss a range of issues (e.g. environmentalism and fashion based on the latest instalment of New York Fashion Week).

Please note that we do not accept unedited coursework. Consent from supervisor(s) and/or other co-author(s), where appropriate, must be attained before submission, and revised coursework cannot exceed 7,000 words.


Reviews do not need to be based on academic research of the same kind though they should offer a summary of and a critical response to the material. They should normally be between 1,000 and 1,500 words, inclusive of bibliographical matters. Please click here for additional requirements concerning review and commentary titles.

By ‘review,’ we mean the kind of item printed as a ‘review’ in newspapers and magazines of general interest, i.e. the critique of books, articles, films, television programmes, theatrical and musical performances (e.g. plays, operas, concerts, dance, etc.), albums, singles, exhibitions, fashion shows, conferences (academic, political or other) and other such work/events. Reviews can be on contemporary or historical material (e.g., Rijksmuseum’s 1958 'Mediaeval Art from the Northern Netherlands’ exhibition).


We welcome submission of images or other artwork. Images can be from research work that you have undertaken or your own photography projects. Images should be uploaded as .jpg files, with a minimum resolution of 300 ppi. Include a title as well as a short description for each submission. If accepted for publication, we will add a copyright watermark of your name. Watermarked images will be circulated across our social media networks.


Letters can be sent as emails or as Word attachments to emails, and they should be directed to the ‘Editors-in-Chief’. Letters are considered informed opinion-pieces, and therefore do not need to contain, though they may, bibliographical matters or research.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made avaiable as soon as they are ready.

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 in Opticon1826 remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Ubiquity Press journals are 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 CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If Opticon1826 is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Advertisement Policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All adverts are displayed in the right column of the journal and will need to fit a 120 pixel wide space. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.


Opticon1826 was founded by a group of graduate students in the spring of 2006 for two reasons: firstly, to provide students and staff at UCL with a forum in which to publish their work to a UCL readership, and secondly, to provide students and staff with an opportunity to learn about what is going on in academic fields other than their own.

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