UJ Press kicks off 2022 into high gear


UJ Press was established in October 2020 under the auspices of the UJ Library. The press started publishing Open Access (OA) 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 and electronic format. Books are published under two imprints: UJ Press for scholarly research outputs and Hoopoe Press for general and trade publications.

In line with the University of Johannesburg’s Strategic Objectives, UJ Press aims to promote excellence in research and innovation by publishing manuscripts of the highest quality and ensuring that these publications are visible, accessible and impactful. It will also aim to further promote the international profile for global excellence and stature by partnering with international industry bodies in scholarly publishing like the Association of University Presses, Open Access Monograph Publishers (OAPEN) and Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). 

UJ Press started 2022 off on a high note with the addition of three journals to the UJ Library OJS. The African Journal of Political Science, with Prof Siphamandla Zondi from the Department of Politics & International Relations (UJ) as the Editor, will be relaunched on this platform with a new issue. The African Journal of Gender and Religion, with Prof Sarojini Nadar from the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice (UWC) as Editor published their latest edition recently. View the complete issue here: https://journals.uj.ac.za/index.php/ajgr/issue/view/105. Lastly Digital Policy Studies, edited by Dr Bhaso Ndzendze from the Department of Politics and International Relations (UJ) is inviting contributions for the launch issue of this new journal. The journal is focused on the empirical, critical and intersectoral study of subjects related to digital policy and the fourth industrial revolution, cybersecurity, the digitalisation of politics, the digital economy, information and communication technology, the convergence of technology and society, new media and related topics.

Regarding book publications, UJ Press acquired the backlist of SunBonani Media’s titles. This backlist of 98 scholarly titles will be loaded onto the UJ Press OMP and distributed internationally to all the major scholarly platforms in print and electronic format. Some of the titles will also be made available as OA.

The first UJ Press title to be published under the Hoopoe Press imprint will be published at the end of February. This Generation Leads, edited by Muzi Kuzwayo from South Africa’s Promise contains contributions from members of Mike Teke’s leadership group. These inspirational accounts of their journeys in life and business will definitely ignite a passion for leadership in those who read it. The hybrid launch event for this title is planned for April and will be hosted by the UJ Library Events and Marketing team.

UJ Press is geared for a year full of opportunities and look forward to publishing top titles and engaging with scholars in a meaningful way.

UJ Press focusses on publishing titles in all disciplines related to Pan-African Decolonisation and issues surrounding the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The Press also publishes co-publications with international publishers, translated titles, digital scholarship including video and audio scholarly outputs and textbooks. Please send your manuscript proposals to: Wikus van Zyl (wikusvz@uj.ac.za).