White Rose University Press

White Rose Libraries (the University libraries of Leeds, Sheffield and York)

Consortium · United Kingdom

White Rose University Press


Kate Petherbridge, WRUP Press Manager
Email: universitypress@whiterose.ac.uk

Program Overview

WRUP believes the future of academic publishing is open. We support the transition to an open scholarship environment with freely accessible publications, ensuring maximum global reach and impact. We will support authors and researchers, providing accessible publication routes for high-quality research outputs and teaching materials in the service of open scholarship. WRUP has three key objectives: 1. Supporting Open Access. 2. Ensuring quality 3. Delivering service-led publishing
  • Publishing activities began: 2016
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 2 - Early
  • 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): 1.5
  • Individual people: 2
  • Funding sources: Charge backs/cost sharing, Grants, Library materials budget, Library operating budget, Author fees

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Educational resources
  • Journals
  • Monographs

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 4
  • Contracted by external groups: 4
  • Peer-reviewed: 4
  • Currently inactive or archived: 1
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 2
  • Peer-reviewed: 2
  • Required fee to enable Open Access: 2


Top Publications:
  • Star Carr (2 vol monograph)
  • Sheffield Castle (monograph)
  • 320 rue St Jacques (monograph)
  • Hidden depths (monograph)
  • BIOJ (Journal)


  • Internal partners:  Individual faculty, Graduate students
  • 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, teaching resources/textbooks, journals, conference proceedings, short-form monographs, and journals, across the full range of disciplines and across the academic community.
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

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

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • DOI distribution
  • analytics
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • compiling indexes and/or TOCs
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • 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:


Other Policies:
Academic Misconduct

Additional Information

Future Plans:
WRUP is at a key point in its development. We have been successful in setting up robust policies and processes during our set up phase. We are now implementing a new strategy with ambitious targets to grow throughput, and undertaking focussed advocacy to increase the profile of WRUP. Adding a full time, dedicated staff member to support this advocacy and increased project work shows the commitment of our parent institutions to supporting WRUP through its next phase of development.
Other Information:
WRUP is also committed to supporting the wider OA publishing community and changing scholarly comms landscape, participating in initiatives with external partners such as Jisc, as well as with other likeminded presses, to further developments in this area.