University of Westminster Press

University of Westminster Library

Academic Library · United Kingdom

University of Westminster Press

Philippa Grand, Press Manager

Program Overview

University of Westminster Press is an open access publisher of peer reviewed academic books, policy briefs and journals. UWP exists to provide global public access to academic work in multiple formats. We publish in areas that reflect the teaching and research strengths of the University of Westminster across the social sciences, arts and humanities.
  • Publishing activities began: 2016
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
    UWP has been publishing for 7 years and now publish six journals and over 50 books/policy briefs plus 1 established book series. These factors contribute to a choice of classification as 'established' as a Press although we are still within the first ten years of our existence and still have plans to build further.
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 1
  • Individual people: 1
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Charge backs/cost sharing, Grants, Non-library campus budget, Sales revenue

Publishing Activities

  • Educational resources
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 5
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 4
  • Contracted by external groups: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 5
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 4
  • Peer-reviewed: 4


Top Publications:
  • Journal of Deliberative Democracy (journal)
  • Active Travel Studies (journal)
  • Digital Objects, Digital Subjects (book)
  • Can Music Make you Sick? (book)
  • The Propagranda Model Today (book)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • media and communications studies
  • human geography and the environment
  • law
  • tourism and events studies
  • political science


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: monographs, edited collections, textbooks or journals on media and communications, tourism & events studies, geography (in particular related to the environment or transport), environmntal humanities, EDI topics.
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • modeling
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
  • visualizations
Software & Platforms:
  • Janeway
  • Ubiquity platforms
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • Developmental and/or substantive editing
  • DOI distribution
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • compiling indexes and/or TOCs
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • image services
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Portico


Adopted Policies:
We are signatories of the Even UP statement on EDI; we follow AUPresses guidelines on peer review

Additional Information

Last Year:
A focus over the last year has been securing external sources of funding to support our publishing activities to allow us to become more sustainable over the long term and to be able to continue to publish without author-facing fees.
Future Plans:
UWP has established itself very quickly and our plans in future include a focus on external funding to ensure long-term sustainability of the Press and a focus on specific subject areas, informed by the University of Westminster's research strengths, in order to further build our reputation in certain areas beyond media and communications studies, for which we are currently best known. We are working with other 'new' OA University Presses in the UK in order to strengthen and advocate for our sector within scholarly comms.