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    Publishing with University of Westminster Press

    A New Open Access Publisher

    The University of Westminster Press provides its authors a high-quality open access publication route for journals, edited books, single-author monographs and, where possible and appropriate, technical data. Our aim with our academic publishing is to achieve the widest and most cost-effective possible dissemination of research via a transparent multi-format medium. Open access is central to what we do: it ensures that the potential audience is greatly expanded, helping to increase the impact of research and encourage the development of further research and collaboration. Via the Ubiquity Press platform we also offer readers the option of purchasing in print at the lowest affordable prices.


    Subject Coverage and Submissions

    Reflecting the University of Westminster’s own research traditions we aim to publish primarily in the social sciences and humanities, science and technology, media arts and design, business, and architecture and the built environment. Interdisciplinary submissions are particularly welcome. Within these strands Digital and Social Media Studies, Critical Legal Studies, Twentieth Century History, the Creative Industries will be the focus of particular attention.

    Please first consult our submission guidelines for books and journals, then contact us at a.lockett@westminster.ac.uk with your book or journal proposal. We will be in touch shortly afterwards concerning the review process.



    Peer Review and Creative Commons

    Peer review is undertaken for all UWP publications. They are considered by expert advisers, our editorial board (which includes a member of the University Ethics Committee) and our staff. Our editors and our publications follow the recommended guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    UWP content is published within the framework of Creative Commons Licenses, which guarantees that copyright remains with authors and editors. Full attribution is required under the terms of this license to accompany all reuse and dissemination. The standard license UWP uses is CC-BY, (though some book titles are to be published CC-BY-NC-ND) which ensures maximum distribution and minimum restrictions for reuse, whilst guaranteeing that the author(s) and the source of the content are always acknowledged.



    How We Publish: Books

    Digital

    All of our book publications are available free of charge to anyone, anywhere in the world. UWP books are produced for reading via the following formats:

    Print

    In print our titles are produced to demand from the outset or after a sustainable first print run for the trade using professional typesetters via high quality printing methods and to academic publishing industry standards. Books are distributed globally via a variety of internet channels and can be ordered through most retailers.



    Publishing Process: Books

    From Proposal to Contract

    Book proposals should be written in accordance with our submission guidelines that should be consulted before submission. (See books). Manuscripts may also be submitted and will be considered as promptly as possible.

    If a submission meets our guidelines UWP will send the proposal to relevant advisers for an assessment of whether the proposal meets its scholarly objectives and would suit UWP’s publishing programme and the proposer’s needs. If you have any concerns whether your proposal might or might not be suitable for publication by UWP please contact UWP via a.lockett@westminster.ac.uk.

    Peer reviews and the author’s response to these, form the basis for a recommendation to accept or to reject the proposal. Assuming a proposal follows UWP’s guidelines for submissions the decision to accept or reject the proposal is made by members of the UWP editorial board. When a proposal is accepted the author is sent a contract by UWP for consideration and signature. UWP will discuss its plans for publication with the author who may be required to submit a publicity and marketing form or update the information provided at proposal stage.

    Book Processing Charges

    Supported by the University Library, UWP currently offers funding for a limited number of books in certain formats that match our editorial strategy for authors based at Westminster University and externally. This includes partial funding for edited collections from external authors in certain subject areas.  For full details contact a.lockett@westminster.ac.uk. Otherwise we charge a Book Processing Charge (BPC) for our publishing services that ensures that we can make our publications available to a global audience free of charge. Our intention is to keep charge as low as possible. BPCs are always calculated on the specific features of each book, primarily (but not limited to) extent, use of complex features and design. Academic institutions and funding bodies will often have funds specifically available for open access publications. See this page. For further information and advice contact: a.lockett@westminster.ac.uk.

    Final Stages and Production

    When a revised or full-length manuscript is completed by the author a second peer review process is usually undertaken by independent, expert, external reviewers. If the reviews recommend proceeding with the manuscript, the author may still be requested to make revisions based on their recommendations or the script may be given the green light to move on to production.

    UWP oversee the next stages where a book is designed, typeset and subject to formatting checks. If language editing or an index are needed, these will be discussed and agreed with the author and completed for an additional fee. On publication the book is made available online and for bookstores to order and is marketed by UWP.


    Journals

    UWP aims to build a portfolio of high-quality open access journals. If you are looking to start a journal, or have an existing journal that you are considering to move to open access then please get in touch by contacting a.lockett@westminster.ac.uk. The publishing process for each journal may vary according to the needs of the editor and relevant discipline but we are happy to discuss a range of options with prospective editors (see our Journal Submission Guidelines).

    All of our journals will appear in an open access environment for reading online, via PDFs or the ePub format on a range of devices. Via the Ubiquity Press platform UWP provides a stable online location for the journal and takes on production and design work, indexing in many locations for easy discovery and citation allowing editors to concentrate on the acquisition and editing of submissions.

    Every journal also has the backing of UWP staff and that of Ubiquity’s dedicated platform and team so that there is always a source of support and advice for any journal’s editors.

    Article Processing Charges

    The University Library supports a limited number of journals edited by Westminster University staff but external contributors are not charged for their contributions. Otherwise UWP levies Article Processing Charges (APCs) for our publishing services that ensure that we can make our publications available to a global audience free of charge. Our intention is to keep this charge as low as possible. Proposals for new or existing journals are welcome from editors within and outside the University of Westminster.