For journals to be considered by UWP please follow the attached guidelines 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, potential sponsorship and link-up with associations (if a society or department journal) but if you think it is important to mention these at an early stage please include details.
It is a condition for consideration that UWP journals are peer-reviewed with reference to COPE guidelines and fully referenced.
UWP prefer proposals to be presented under headings rather than as a questionnaire the following being suggested as a framework:
Background and aims of the journal
Editors and Board
Policies, Procedures, Practicalities
- numbers of articles and issues
- peer review
- types of articles
- other subject parameters
Core readership and scope
Competition and context
Readership and marketing
The journal is first of all considered by UWP staff and associates as to whether it meets our guidelines and is a subject area in which we are planning to publish.
The journal proposal will then be reviewed externally by relevant scholars in the field 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 journals as expeditiously as possible and in no longer than 8 weeks from submission.
Once a journal is accepted procedures for journals submissions, peer review of articles and publications procedure are agreed and contracts signed.
UWP welcomes proposals from editors and societies who would like to publish a new journal, or transfer an existing journal to be published, on an open access basis under the University of Westminster Press banner. You can submit your proposal by sending an email to Andrew Lockett.