Based in the heart of Central London, the University of Westminster Press (UWP) is a new open access publisher of peer reviewed academic books and journals.
Launched in 2015, UWP exists to provide global public access to academic work in multiple formats. In partnership with our authors and editors, we shall publish in areas that reflect the teaching and research strengths of the University of Westminster in social sciences and humanities, science and technology, media arts and design, business, architecture and the built environment. UWP builds upon the strengths and traditions of the academic community and alumni of the University of Westminster.
Inspired by the movement towards open access that is gathering pace across the world, our mission is to make journals and books free at the point of access in digital form and accessible and affordable in print, giving them the widest possible dissemination thus ensuring researchers around the globe can find scholarly materials without excess cost and with maximum convenience.
The Press provides gratis access to electronic journals, monographs and books completely free of charge in a variety of digital formats. Broadening readerships within academic communities and opening up research to wider audiences the use of open access ensures that anyone who wishes can read at any time the high quality research of our authors and editors. High charges have previously restricted access to knowledge, even within university libraries, and our aim is allow our publications to find wider audiences than those protected behind exorbitant paywalls. We believe this will lead to improved collaboration and development across and within academic subject fields. In addition to enabling digital access at any time for our readers we also offer the possibility of purchasing our books and journals (if so desired) in print, where we do our best to ensure that prices for the user are maintained as low as possible.
In order to support and stimulate scholarly communication, we believe that the quality of our publications is extremely important. UWP's editorial and advisory boards, consisting of prominent and knowledgeable scholars, assess all publications based on their scholarly merits and relevant academic standards and assist authors in order to increase the quality and impact of works published by UWP. The Press is overseen by an academic board drawn from a range of disciplines, distinguished industry alumni and on a day-to-day basis is managed by experienced industry personnel.
All UWP's publications are assessed via peer review using specialist expert advisers from across the world before consideration by its editorial board. The current board members are:
Professor Mark Clapson is Professor of Social and Urban History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Westminster. His research focuses on suburbanization, new town development, and the experience and consequences of aerial warfare in large cities. His work has been translated into Dutch, French, Italian and Japanese with his most recent publications including Working-Class Suburb: Social Change on an English Council Estate (2010) and (as co-editor) The Blitz and Its Legacy: Wartime Destruction to Postwar Reconstruction (2013).
Dr Davide Deriu is a Reader in Architecture at the University of Westminster. He previously taught at international institutions such as UCL and METU (Ankara), and held postdoctoral fellowships from the AHRC; Canadian Centre for Architecture; and Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. He has published on a wide range of subjects, from aerial visuality to underground space, in numerous books and journals including Architectural Theory Review, The Journal of Architecture, and The London Journal. His ongoing project, 'Vertigo in the City', has received funding from the Wellcome Trust.
Suzanne Enright is University Registrar at the University of Westminster (and previously Director of Information Services, when she led many collaborative developments in the field of strategic information management). She chairs the Editorial Board for the University’s history project . A qualified librarian, Suzanne has held elected office at regional and national level, including as Chair of SCONUL (which promotes excellence in library services in higher education and national libraries across the UK and Ireland) and as a member of the former Advisory Council on Libraries.
Professor Christian Fuchs is Professor at, and the Director of, the Communication and Media Research Institute. He is also Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies. His fields of expertise are critical digital & social media studies and he is the author of numerous publications in these fields, including the books, Social Media: A Critical Introduction (2014) and Culture and Economy in the Age of Social Media (2015). He is co-editor of the critical communications journal tripleC and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association.
Andrew Lockett is Press Manager of the University of Westminster Press and has previously occupied senior academic editorial positions at Croom Helm/Routledge and Oxford University Press before a role as Head of Book Publishing at British Film Institute. More recently he has worked as Reference Director at Rough Guides and Publishing Director of Gerald Duckworth.
Professor Graham Megson is Provost at the University of Westminster and the Chair of the University of Westminster Press's editorial board. As Provost his remit includes research, enterprise and innovation at the University. At Westminster he was previously Dean of Electronics and Computer Science, and prior to that Professor and Head of School Systems Engineering at the University of Reading. As Professor of Computer Science, his main interests lie in parallel computation, high-performance computing, neural networks and emergent algorithms and he served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Parallel Algorithms and Applications, 1997-2005.
Fran Noonan is Head of the Research Office at the University of Westminster.
Sophie Rochester a graduate of the University of Westminster is the founder and CEO of The Literary Platform , a specialist publishing consultancy working at the intersection of books and technology. She is also founder and director of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and co-founder of The Writing Platform.
Dr Sophie Triantaphillidou is Reader in Imaging Science, and member of the Computer Science Department in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster. She is the Director of the newly formed Computational Vision and Imaging Technology cross-faculty research group. Her research is concerned with evaluation of images and imaging systems and the interactions of the human visual system with the visual world. She is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Royal Photographic Society’s 'Imaging Science Journal'.
Professor Lisa Webley is Professor of Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Westminster. Her research interests centre on the legal profession, the legal system, dispute resolution including mediation, family law and public law. Amongst numerous other publications she is the author of Legal Writing (4th edition, 2016) and the recent article 'Legal Professional De(Re)Regulation, Equality, and Inclusion, and the Contested Space of Professionalism Within the Legal Market' (2015).
If you are interested in publishing a book, starting a new journal or transferring an existing one please contact us. We will be happy to explain the services that we have to offer and to discuss with you how we may be able to meet your publishing requirements and objectives.
Our journal Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Book Processing Charges (BPCs), whilst they vary (most directly with the length of a project) are always set at highly cost-efficient and significantly lower-than-average levels compared to other publishers.
We also have a network of relationships with other academic institutions and with funding bodies, ensuring that wherever possible we aim to divert financial administration away from authors and deal directly with their supporting institutions.
UWP works closely with researchers to ensure its publishing meets their needs and reflects the high standards of the respective disciplines in which it is active.
UWP, through a thorough peer review process, ensures the validity and quality of scholarship and thus maintains high standards for its academic publications.
UWP adds value to scholarly work through considered and diligent editorial input, professional layout and design, and worldwide dissemination.
UWP books and journals make essential research and analysis by its academic authors freely available to other researchers, policymakers, opinion leaders, and to the general public.
UWP strives to keep open access costs as low as possible, through a transparent but sustainable business model.
We encourage our authors to make their publications and any research data or software associated with all books and articles openly archived whenever possible. The Virtual Research Environment and institutional repository, WestminsterResearch, is available for this purpose. This greatly increases the reusability and impact of work, leading to increased citations and chances for collaboration.
If you are interested in publishing a book, starting a new journal or transferring an existing one, please contact us.
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