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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 publishing.


    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.

    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

    Alongside traditional 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 platform mean that we are able to support small and experimental publications, as well as more traditional formats.


    We support open access publication of books, journals, conference proceedings, short-form monographs, and data journals, and we are always open to proposals in other publishing formats. Our subject scope reflects the broad range of disciplines supported by our parent Universities, 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 and licensing

    As an open access publisher, White Rose University Press is committed to supporting the growing move to open scholarship. All our content is free to access online and download without any paywall barriers or user authentication. One of the 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 can choose how your work can be shared, used and reused, depending on the Creative Commons Licence you select.

    Our standard licence is CC BY, which ensures maximum distribution and minimum restrictions for reuse, while guaranteeing that the authors are acknowledged. Full attribution is required to accompany all reuse and dissemination. We are happy to discuss publishing content under other Creative Commons Licences if more appropriate, however.

    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 Wyn Morgan (Chair)

    Vice-President for Education, University of Sheffield.


    Professor Stuart Bell

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


    Dr Stella Butler

    University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, University of Leeds.


    Professor Helen Gleeson

    Head of School of Physics and Astronomy and Cavendish Professor of Physics, University of Leeds.


    Professor Vivien Jones

    Professor of Eighteenth-Century Gender & Culture, University of Leeds.


    Professor Nick Plant

    Dean Research Quality and Impact and Professor of Systems Biology, University of Leeds.


    Professor Robert Shoemaker

    Professor of Eighteenth-Century British History and Faculty Director of Research and Innovation (Arts and Humanities), University of Sheffield.


    Professor Tom Stoneham

    Dean of the Graduate Research School and Professor of Philosophy, University of York.

    Management Board

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

    Dr Stella Butler (Chair)

    University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, University of Leeds.


    Masud Khokhar

    Director of Library and Archives, University of York.


    Claire Knowles

    Head of Library Research Support Services, University Library, University of Leeds.


    Kate Petherbridge

    Press Manager & White Rose Libraries Executive Manager.


    Ellie Reynolds

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


    Professor John Robinson

    Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Information, University of York.


    Sarah Thompson

    Head of Collections, University Library, University of York.