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    Rigorous Peer Review

    All publications of HUP undergo a rigorous peer review process before the publication decision is made. All journals and books are sent for external peer review to at least two experts selected by HUP.

    The HUP review process is double-blind. Each referee receives an anonymous manuscript for review, and the identity of the referees is not revealed to the author(s). Exceptions may be made by mutual prior agreement. For journals, HUP also provides option of open peer review – if required, at the discretion of the editorial team.

    The duty of the referee is to provide a statement on the manuscript’s suitability for publication by choosing from the following options: (1) the manuscript can be published as it is; (2) the manuscript can be published if certain proposed changes are made; (3) the referee cannot recommend publication of the manuscript. HUP forwards the referee statements to the author(s) of the manuscript. At this point, recommendations for changes to the manuscript are usually made.

    Please see our Peer Review Policy.


    All Helsinki University Press content is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). This means that all of our references are made available so that citations can be tracked by the publishing community, and the content is added to the Cross-Check anti-plagiarism database.

    All of our article metadata is openly available for harvesting by indexing services via OAI-PMH and the journals are registered with Open Archives.

    Open Licenses

    All Helsinki University Press content is released under a Creative Commons license. We believe that the most open license, CC BY, is the most suitable option to meet the requirements for true open access for books and journals - and strongly recommend CC0 for open research data.

    Anti-plagiarism Checking

    A combination of pre-screening and open access is the best possible defence against plagiarism. All journal articles and book manuscripts submitted to Helsinki University Press are automatically screened for plagiarism by the Similarity Check system from Crossref. This system compares incoming submissions to a large database of academic content, and alerts editors to any possible issues.


    Helsinki University Press strongly recommends that all editors, reviewers and authors register an account with Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID). Registration provides a unique and persistent digital identifier for the account that enables accurate attribution and improves the discoverability of published papers, ensuring that the correct author receives the correct credit for their work. As the ORCID remains the same throughout the lifetime of the account, changes of name, affiliation, or research area do not effect the discoverability of an author's past work and aid correspondence with colleagues.


    As members of CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) our content is regularly archived with many of the world's leading research libraries. The CLOCKSS archive ensures that all Helsinki University Press content will always be made available as open access.

    We fully support and encourage author self-archiving of all content (sometimes termed 'green' open access). We allow immediate self-archiving of all content. We register all of our journals with SHERPA/RoMEO to ensure that the license terms and self-archiving policies of the journals are 100% clear.

    No Lock-in

    Helsinki University Press uses open, non-proprietary standards for all of its content, meaning that it can be easily transferred to archives and other publishers. All of our article XML is compliant with the Journal Archiving Tag Suite (JATS) schema.

    We endorse and adhere to the NISO Transfer Code of Practice, which ensures that when a journal transfers between publishers, that librarians, editors, and other publishers are informed and treated fairly.

    Our contracts with societies are also very different to those of other publishers. We do not seek to possess journals or books content, but instead to support societies in operating them. All copyright to the published content is retained by the authors, Helsinki University Press does not retain rights to the published content and the content can be transferred away from Helsinki University Press if the society decided to change the publisher.