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    White Rose University Press (WRUP) is an open access digital publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books, publishing across a wide range of academic disciplines. We are run jointly by the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York but welcome proposals from across the wider academic community.

    We are committed to open access dissemination of research and teaching materials, ensuring academic quality, and supporting innovation in digital publishing. As a small press we offer a very personal service, and take care to support our authors and editors. We work closely with authors during the development and production stages, and in marketing and raising awareness of publications.


    The Universities established WRUP in 2016 with three key objectives:

    1. Supporting open access

    We support the principles of open access to research, and our primary purpose is to make scholarly works freely available in digital form, ensuring that academic output is disseminated as widely as possible. All our digital publications are made available under Creative Commons Licences which means that the copyright stays with the author and they decide how others can reuse their work.

    2. Ensuring quality

    We are committed to ensuring academic quality. Our Editorial Board comprises distinguished academics from across the three partner Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, and we have a rigorous process of peer review and quality control.

    3. Supporting innovation in publishing

    As well as mainstream academic journals and books we want to support scholars working in specialist areas, and to collaborate with authors and editors experimenting with new publishing forms. Our low processing charges and our innovative publishing model mean that we are able to support small and experimental publications, as well as more traditional formats.


    We support open access publication of monographs, teaching resources/textbooks, journals, conference proceedings, short-form monographs, and data journals, and we are always open to proposals in other publishing formats. Our subject scope reflects a broad range of disciplines including arts and humanities, social sciences, science and technology, engineering, health sciences, and medicine. We welcome proposals from across the academic community, not just from academics within White Rose institutions.

    Open access publishing

    As an open access digital publisher, White Rose University Press is committed to supporting the growing move to open scholarship. All of our digital publications are made available free of charge without the need for user authentication - meaning they can reach a global audience. One of the main benefits of open access is that this content is available to all, regardless of location, status or economic situation. It expands the potential audience beyond those who have access to expensive academic resources, meaning that practitioners and policy makers can be informed by current scholarship.

    Open access publishing also removes barriers around the sharing and reuse of content, allowing academics to build on research published by others, maximising the value (academic and financial) from research projects. It opens up new opportunities to combine existing findings with new research to expand academic horizons, and enables interdisciplinary collaboration in an new way.

    All White Rose University Press content is published under Creative Commons Licences, which ensure that copyright remains with authors and editors. If you publish with us you retain ownership of your work, and how your work can be shared, used and reused depends on the Creative Commons Licence applied. Full attribution is required to accompany all reuse and dissemination. All our journals publish under the CC BY Licence. Currently, for books and other resources, we recommend publishing under the CC BY-NC Licence, though we are happy to discuss publishing books etc. under other Creative Commons Licences (including those with an ND element) to reflect the needs of individual authors, or funder or instituional requirements. 

    Editorial Board

    All WRUP commissioning decisions (based on rigorous peer review processes) are made by our Editorial Board, which is comprised of academics based within the partner Universities. The Editorial Board meets four times each year to discuss submissions.

    Professor Tom Stoneham (Chair)

    Head of Department, Philosophy, University of York.


    Professor Stuart Bell

    Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and founding Head of York Law School, University of York.


    Professor Nicola Dibben

    Faculty Director Research and Innovation, University of Sheffield.


    Michael Fake 

    Head of Learning and Customer Services, University Library, University of Leeds.


    Professor Nick Plant

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, University of Leeds.


    Dr Samantha Pugh

    Associate Professor in STEM Education, University of Leeds.


    Professor John Robinson

    Professor of Electronic Engineering, University of York.


    Professor Robert Shoemaker

    Professor of Eighteenth-Century British History, University of Sheffield.


    Professor Mary Vincent

    Interim Deputy Vice President for Education and Professor of Modern European History, University of Sheffield.

    Management Board

    The WRUP Management Board is drawn from the leadership teams of the White Rose Libraries and a senior academic representative from one of the partner Universities. It meets four times each year and oversees the strategies and policies of the Press.

    Michael Fake (Chair)

    Head of Learning and Customer Services, University Library, University of Leeds.


    Anna Clements

    Director of Library Services & University Librarian (Interim), University of Sheffield.


    Kate Petherbridge

    White Rose University Press Manager.


    Ellie Reynolds

    Associate Director of Library Business Services & Strategy, University Library, University of Sheffield.


    Sarah Thompson

    Head of Collections, University Library, University of York.