The University’s open access publisher, University of Westminster Press (UWP), has reached an impressive milestone of one million views and downloads of its published titles.

Books published by the University of Westminster Press in a pile on top of a laptop

The UWP is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic books and journals. Launched in 2015, the publisher exists to provide global public access to academic work in multiple formats, including books, policy briefs and journals. Over one million views and downloads have been achieved by the publisher since publishing its first journal in September 2015.

UWP has worked with platform providers Ubiquity Press and Michigan Publishing/Janeway, and functions as a mixed model diamond open access publisher. Many of its publications are in the area of media and communications, but it has also published book titles on history, philosophy, geography, education and politics. 

Popular recent titles published by UWP include Sally-Anne Gross and Dr George Musgrave’s new book entitled ‘Can Music Make You Sick? Measuring the Price of Musical Ambition’, which found that musicians are three times more likely to suffer illness. Dr Anastasia Denisova, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, published her new policy brief entitled ‘Fashion Media and Sustainability’, which looks at ten patterns of unsustainable fashion coverage across media, including in magazines and Instagram.

The activities of the publisher are overseen by the UWP Editorial Board, and is part of the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office at Westminster and works closely with the University’s Library and Archives Service. UWP is considered to be a ‘New University Press’, digital first and with open access as a key principal of its activity.

Talking about reaching the one million reads milestone, Andrew Lockett, Press Manager for University of Westminster Press, said: “Thanks to our editors, authors, peer reviewers, UWP editorial board members past and present, series board members and our partners and all colleagues at the University of Westminster for helping UWP reach this landmark.”

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