White Rose University Press launches

The three White Rose universities - Leeds, Sheffield and York - have launched a new, open access, digital publishing platform.


The White Rose University Press (WRUP) opens for submissions this week.

It will publish peer-reviewed academic papers, books, textbooks, and conference literature from across the academic community both in the UK and internationally. Online access to all the published material is free to all readers.

A partnership of the three Universities' libraries has developed WRUP with three key objectives: 

  • To support open access: with its free, digital output, WRUP hopes to reach a global audience, some of whom may have faced challenges accessing academic materials without paying expensive subscriptions
  • To ensure academic quality: WRUP’s distinguished editorial board will oversee a rigorous process of peer-review and quality control, ensuring that intellectual quality is paramount
  • To create new opportunities for publishing: As well as publishing traditional books and journals WRUP intends to support scholars working in specialist areas, or publishing in non-traditional forms such as short-form monographs, data journals, or interactive ebooks, which have been overlooked by commercial publishers.

Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands says: “As the first jointly run university press in the UK, this will be a genuinely innovative free access platform, showcasing the output of some of the world’s most talented researchers to a global audience.”

WRUP has partnered with Ubiquity Press, an established open access publisher, to offer a full publishing service. This includes copy-editing, typesetting, design and layout, marketing, print-on-demand, and a suite of related services. 

These are available through an intuitive, user-friendly platform which helps readers to access and engage with the scholarship, and authors and editors-in-chief to manage the submission, peer-review, and production processes.

Visit the WRUP website and found out how to submit material for publishing.

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