About the Press

History of the press

UJ Press was established in October 2020 under the auspices of the UJ Library. The press started publishing Open Access journals on the Open Journal System (OJS). In October 2021, the Press set up an Open Monograph Press (OMP) and started publishing books in print, electronic and audio formats. 


UJ Press publish titles in all disciplines related to Pan-African Decolonisation and issues surrounding 4IR and the UN SDGs. The Press also publish co-publications with international publishers, translated titles, digital scholarship including video and audio scholarly outputs and Open Access textbooks. Lastly, it will publish data sets, 3D assets and other digital formats with their publications.

Peer Review

All of our publications are subjected to a double-blind peer-review process before publication. 

The review process takes place according to the following principles

  • Pre-publication peer review.
  • Double-blind peer review.
  • The Editor mediates all interactions between reviewers and authors.
  • Peer reviews are not published.
  • Reviews are owned by the authors of the reviews.

In evaluating the manuscript, reviewers focus on the following aspects:

  • Originality
  • Contribution to the field
  • Technical quality
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Depth of research

Open Access Policy

UJ Press is committed to the goals of open research and open access (OA) publishing. We encourage full access to our publications on most international scholarly platforms.

Our OA policy helps our authors achieve a high level of openness with their research and supports them in meeting the OA requirements of their research funders and institutions.

We encourage authors to self-archive their works on the platforms of their choice. We provide a DOI link to their book and chapters which can be used to reference their contribution. 

UJ Press publish books and journals in both Gold and Diamond Open Access models. All proposals will be accompanied by a cost estimate to cover the origination cost and first printing of the publication. Most publications are funded through authors' research funds but funding is not a requirement for publication with UJ Press. 

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