If you would like to know if UWP is interested in a proposal please submit a proposal following the below guidelines. You can send an email to p.grand[at]Westminster.ac.uk with any specific queries.
For books to be considered by UWP please follow the guidelines below including the following:
UWP normally like to discuss on an individual basis such matters as reference and style conventions, handling of the peer review process and (only if relevant) potential funding but if you think it is important to mention such considerations at an early stage please include details.
It is a condition for consideration that UWP books are peer reviewed in accordance with standard university press practice.
A book is first of all considered by UWP members of staff specifically as to whether it meets our guidelines and is a subject area in which we are planning to publish.
The proposal (or script) will then be reviewed externally by relevant scholars in the field (not less than two) and usually by a member of a relevant University of Westminster faculty or department.
If the reviews are favourable or mixed the proposal will be considered by the University of Westminster Press editorial board and a decision will be taken quickly whether to proceed.
UWP aim to undertake reviews of book proposals as expeditiously as possible and in no longer than 10 weeks from submission if a manuscript.
Taking into consideration publication ethics, UWP are happy to consider requests for ‘open’ peer review if preferred.
Once a book proposal is accepted procedures contracts are signed and a final manuscript is also peer reviewed before the final editing and production process commences. Authors may be asked to make changes before acceptance but at each point you will be able to discuss the changes with UWP personnel.
Books, on publication, are simultaneously released free to readers in PDF, eBook and made available as a print on demand hardback or paperback (this latter at a significantly reduced price from conventional academic publishing levels).
Authors are consulted about the presentation of the book and its marketing.
UWP welcomes proposals from external and University of Westminster authors who are interesting in publishing their book on an open access basis under the University of Westminster Press banner. It is not our aim to charge individual authors for publishing books though for some subject areas absence of fees is restricted to University of Westminster staff, the authors of theses undertaken at the University and University alumni or those working with University of Westminster editors. Projects with funding (sometimes partial funding) that align with our editorial strategy are however welcomed – subject to capacity constraints. Publication itself (as with all projects) is subject to peer review.