Based in the heart of Central London, the University of Westminster Press (UWP) is a relatively new digital-first open access publisher of peer reviewed academic books, policy briefs and journals that was launched in 2015.
UWP exists to provide global public access to academic work in multiple formats. In partnership with our authors and editors, we 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 and other subject areas. 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 the readers of online journals, monographs and books completely free of charge in a variety of digital formats. In addition to enabling digital access at any time for our readers we also offer the possibility of purchasing our books in print, where we do our best to ensure that prices for the user are maintained as low as possible.
UWP balances cost-effectiveness with a desire to avoid charging fees directly to authors. No fees are generally charged to individual authors from the University of Westminster publishing with the Press and external authors submitting to publication series and journals via our regular call for submissions. It explores and encourages collective funding mechanisms and library membership schemes and looks to diverse income streams to match its costs over the longer term. For external authors in a limited number of publishing fields such as media studies it is happy to consider – subject to peer review – high quality submissions with attached funding and collaborative projects where costs are shared.
In order to support and stimulate scholarly communication, we believe that the quality of our publications is extremely important. UWP's journal and book series 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, and on a day-to-day basis is managed by experienced industry personnel.
From 2019 the University of Westminster Press has been a member of the Association of European University Presses an organisation devoted to building ’stronger’ relationships and sharing knowledge between University Presses and publishers ‘belonging to or clearly linked to a university'.
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 Pippa Catterall is Professor of History and Policy at the University of Westminster and Chair of the UWP Editorial Board. She edits the journal National Identities and is also Joint-Editor-in-Chief of Silk Road: A Journal of Eurasian Development (forthcoming). She has published extensively on twentieth century history and her current research is on Britain’s relationship with the ‘Islamic world’ since the First World War.
Elizabeth Duff is Head of Westminster Law School and in the role is primarily involved in academic management, teaching, learning and assessment policy, as well curriculum design and quality assurance. She was a co-author of the Drivers Behind the Diversity Experience of the Legal market in England and Wales (2010) report commissioned by the Legal Services Board, statuatory body.
Jenny Evans is Head of Research and Scholarly Communications at the University of Westminster with previous posts as Research Information Manager at Middlesex University, as Liaison Librarian Imperial College London and in the Library Advisory Services of the State University of Western Australia.
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. He is an advisory board member of Goldsmiths Press and of LSE Press and is a member of the Ubiquity Partner Advisory Board.
Dr Thomas Moore is University Director of Cross-Disciplinary Learning and Teaching at the University of Westminster’s Centre for Teaching Innovation. His work is concerned with developing learning experiences that enable graduates from all disciplines to make a difference to their global communities. His research explores the geopolitical and ethical dimensions of contemporary just war theory and communicative justifications of violence in contemporary international politics.
Helen Rimmer is Head of Library and Archive Services at the University of Westminster. Formerly Acting Associate Director Academic and User Services at Royal Holloway, University of London she has also worked as Subject Librarian, Cass Business School City University of London.
Dr Andrew Smith is a Reader in Tourism and Events at the University of Westminster. His research centres on three strands: events and their role as tools for the regeneration of cities; place image and reimagining the city and urban tourism including iconic projects and monumental urbanism. He is the author of Events in the City: Using Public Spaces as Events Venues (2016) and Events and Urban Regeneration: The Strategic Use of Events to Revitalise Cities (2012).
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'.
Dr Roza Tsagarousianou is Reader in Media and Communications, University of Westminster and is currently leading the MA in Diversity and the Media, offered in collaboration with the Media Diversity Institute. She has published extensively on electronic democracy, diasporic media and audiences and European Muslim cultures with her latest monographs being Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks (2013) and The Securitization of Islam in Europe: Public Debate, Policy, Identity and Citizenship (forthcoming, 2018).
If you are interested in publishing a book, starting a new journal or transferring an existing one please contact us stating if you have any existing or alumni connections to the University of Westminster. We will be happy to explain our publishing protocols 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 the majority of large and/ or commercial 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 sustainable and diverse sources of income.
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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