Focus and Scope

About the Journal
The University of Colombo Review (UCR) (Series III) is a double-blind peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes articles from all academic disciplines. It is an open-access journal which abides by internationally accepted research and publication ethics, and is funded, hosted and published by the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, as its flagship scholarly publication. The journal is steered by an independent editorial board that consists of members nominated by each faculty of the University and approved by the University Senate. It also has an international advisory board that is similarly constituted. It is currently published bi-annually in May and November, in both print and online formats.

Focus and Scope
The UCR (Series III) adopts a thematic approach determined by the Editorial Board and publishes scholarly articles from all disciplines related to the announced theme. It invites academically rigorous and ethically sound research papers within respective disciplines, as well as multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary articles which are reflective, critical and exploratory. These include scholarly reviews, perspectives, concept papers, exploratory essays and research articles based on empirical findings. Academics and postgraduate students (both within the University of Colombo and at other Institutes of Higher Education) and public intellectuals are encouraged to submit articles relating to the announced theme. By doing so, the UCR (Series III) seeks to become a platform for scholarly communication and debate as well as a repository thereof.

Publication Frequency

The UCR (Series III) is published online biannually, in May and November. Print versions will be published simultaneously or shortly afterwards.

Open Access Policy

The issues and articles in the University of Colombo Review (Series III) are open access immediately after they are published online. There is no subscription fee and prior registration required.

Creative Commons Licence
The articles in the journal are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Under this licence, re-users can copy and distribute the articles as long as they remain unchanged, in any medium or format for non-commercial purposes and with due acknowledgement and correct citation.

The UCR (Series III) believes that such open access promotes widespread dissemination of knowledge and global exchange, which in turn can be made use of to build better societies. By doing so it also contributes to fulfilling the University’s obligation towards this goal.


The UCR (Series III) is funded entirely by the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. It does not charge publishing fees from authors. It is available online with open access, while print copies are sold at a reasonable price according to the costs of publication. The University of Colombo also funds the website and online archive of the UCR (Series III) which enables past issues to be downloaded free of charge. The journal does not accept advertisements.


The facts, opinions, and views published in the University of Colombo Review are solely the statements of the authors and do not reflect those of the Editors, or the Editorial Board, or the Publisher. Authors are responsible for all contents of their article(s) including originality, citing sources, accuracy of facts, plagiarism, and safeguards of those at risk including vulnerable groups. The University of Colombo Review and/or its publisher cannot be held responsible for violations of other parties’ rights, or any damage incurred as a consequence of the use or application of any of the contents of the University of Colombo Review

Archiving Policy

This journal is available for LOCKSS harvesting, to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. See LOCKSS harvesting start page.


The history of the journal goes back to 1943, when the University of Ceylon Review was first published by the University of Ceylon in Colombo. The publication shifted to the Peradeniya campus of the university in 1952. It ceased publication in 1967, although several other journals with different titles took its place.

Following the establishment of the University of Colombo in 1978, the University of Colombo Review commenced publication in 1981. A second series commenced in 2006 and ceased in 2010. The current series, begun in 2020, is therefore Series III of the University of Colombo Review.

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