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    Research Integrity

    White Rose University Press is committed to providing quality books and journals. We ensure the academic integrity of our publications through a number of mechanisms.


    Peer review

    All research output in both books and journals is thoroughly peer reviewed by external reviewers. All of our journals are required to adhere to the COPE guidelines for best practice.


    Anti-plagiarism checking

    WRUP offers facilities to support anti-plagiarism checking for all publications. Book manuscripts are submitted to iThenticate which checks original work for potential plagiarism. Articles submitted to WRUP journals can be screened for plagiarism by the SimilarityCheck system from CrossRef, also powered by iThenticate This compares articles to a large database of academic content, and alerts editors to any possible issues.


    Corrections and retractions

    WRUP recognizes that publications may, on rare occasions, require corrections (e.g. to address minor errors or typos that alter the meaning of the content), and this is normally done through publishing Corrigendum associated with the original publication. Other concerns around e.g. around the research process, academic misconduct or misuse of third party content may result in the need for retractions, withdrawals or the addition of a publisher’s note.

    All such issues should be raised with the WRUP Press Manager in the first instance. Concerns requiring anything more than minor corrections will be escalated to the WRUP Editorial Board, who will oversee any resulting investigation and make recommendations for action based on the findings. The specific WRUP policy on our approach to academic misconduct is available at: ubiquity-partner-network.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/wr/about/WRUP+Academic+misconduct+policy.pdf



    All our content is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which is a permanent access point for the content. This means that all citations can be tracked by the publishing and academic communities. We actively engage in the indexing process. Our books are currently indexed in internationally recognised resources like JSTOR, DOAB, and OAPEN. We work with journals to help them through the indexing process as this can be dependant on structure and publication frequency. Currently our journals are indexed in DOAJ, and we are working with individual journals to see them indexed eg: in Web of Science, PubMed Central, SCOPUS and MEDLINE.

    All of our article metadata is openly available for harvesting by these indexing services and other aggregators such as Google Scholar via OAI-PMH. Journals are registered with Open Archives.



    All our content is preserved in CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) or LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe). This means our content is regularly archived with many of the world's leading research libraries. These archives ensure that WRUP content will always be available as open access, in any eventuality.


    No Lock-in

    WRUP uses open, non-proprietary standards for all of its content, meaning that it can be easily transferred to archives and other publishers. All of our article XML is compliant with the Journal Archiving Tag Suite (JATS) schema.

    We endorse and adhere to the NISO Transfer Code of Practice, which ensures that when a journal transfers between publishers, that librarians, editors, and other publishers are informed and treated fairly.


    Open Licenses

    All WRUP 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. We are happy to discuss publishing content under the range of Creative Commons Licences. 


    Advertising policy

    WRUP does not generate revenue through selling advertising, and does not use/permit advertising on its publisher webpages or within publications. Events linked to publications, such as book launches or society conferences, may be discussed in news items or journals’ “About” or “Announcement” sections. Use of logos of organisations or bodies that have provided funding to support a publication, or the research within, is also permitted.


    Professional Affiliations

    The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) provides an opportunity to work with other publishers to further the interests of researchers in advocating open access throughout the world, and requires all members to follow a Code of Conduct. The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the largest international trade association for scholarly and professional publishers, provides access to professional training materials and events.