Cardiff University Press’ review of 2020

Happy New Year to all our readers and followers!

As an online publisher, CardiffUP has found it relatively straightforward to move to 100% remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic, although there have inevitably been a few challenges along the way. The publication processes for our journals and monographs have continued unabated.  Here are some highlights of our last twelve months:

We’re delighted that some of the monographs and journal articles we’ve published in recent years will be submitted for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, demonstrating the excellent quality of academic research in Cardiff University and other higher education institutions across the UK. We look forward to publishing more monographs and articles in 2021: if you’d like to publish with us, please see our web pages for details.

CardiffUP adds value!

Cardiff University Press is proud to be contributing to the University’s strategic vision of “continuous improvement of infrastructure to underpin the production of excellent research with impact”.

How do we do that? By:

  • Providing a sustainable online platform for high-quality Cardiff University journals and other publications
    We currently have 8 journals regularly publishing with us, and another 2 to be launched in the near future. We’ll also be starting to publish 2 working paper series this year. Do you have a proposal for another journal or series that we could add to our portfolio? Let us know at if so!
  • Launching innovative publications using a fully Open Access ‘Diamond’ model of publishing
    Our Diamond OA model, meaning no charges to readers for downloading our publications and no charges to authors and editors for publishing with us, has been applied to all our journals and series. No other institutional publisher in the UK does this quite like we do, although UCL Press in London is a fully Open Access publisher too.
  • Relaunching established publications using a specialist Open Scholarship publishing platform (Ubiquity Press)
    In 2017 we teamed up with Ubiquity Press, also based in London, who created a new online space for us on their platform. Our publications have now been relaunched there to provide an improved service to our readers, authors and editorial teams.
  • Providing opportunities for monograph publication to add to the Open Access journals and series published through the Press
    We’re now piloting the publication of monographs, in the hope that we can offer this service more extensively in future. Exciting times!
  • Improving the IT and publishing skills of academic staff and students
    In addition to training staff and students to use our publishing platform, we’re planning an external training session soon which will focus on copy-editing and proofreading skills.
  • Professionalising students and enhancing their employability
    We offer students opportunities to gain work experience with us in a variety of different roles. These roles range from book reviewers, proofreaders and social media publicists to journal editors and student reps on the Editorial Board of the Press itself. Experience of this kind, and the skills gained from it, look amazing on a student’s CV and could lead to a fascinating career after graduation. Unsurprisingly, our work experience opportunities are much in demand!

    Follow this blog for updates….

How we got here

The idea of setting up Cardiff University Press originated back in 2013 within a number of academic Schools, supported by the University Library Service. The vision was to be committed to innovation and excellence in publishing, for the benefit of both academia and the wider external community. In early 2014, following discussions with all three Colleges and approval from the University Executive Board, the project was given the go ahead to develop “a Cardiff University Press online brand”. A Scholarly Publications Manager was appointed, and the first meeting of what was to become our Editorial Board was held in November 2014.

2015 saw the appointment of our Executive Officer, and our first web pages began to take shape, along with general principles, selection criteria and other publication guidelines. In March 2015, JOMEC Journal became the first journal title to be officially accepted for publication, and supplied our first journal issue four months later. Martial Arts Studies and Romantic Textualities were accepted for publication soon afterwards.

Cardiff University Press was officially launched on 9th July 2015. Shortly before Christmas of that year Open Journal Systems (OJS) was adopted as our hosting platform for our publications (which had swiftly grown to five titles).

During the first six months of 2016 six more titles were accepted for publication, covering subject areas and disciplines from all three Colleges. The Press was also aware of an increased interest from researchers to facilitate monograph publishing.

Two student representatives joined the Editorial Board in January 2017, as part of our ongoing commitment to the professionalisation of students.  In July we formed a partnership with Ubiquity Press to enable future monograph publishing and larger range of online services to editors, authors and readers. We launched our new hosting platform, web pages and Press blog on Wednesday 25th October 2017, during International Open Access Week.

We’re hoping to launch our monograph publishing activities in early 2018. In the meantime, do contact us to express your interest in publishing a monograph with us.

Who we are

Prof Damian Walford Davies is Chair of our Editorial Board. Damian is head of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University, Chair of Literature Wales, and Fellow of the Welsh Academy. He is supported by three other Officers, seven Members and two Student Representatives. For full details of the Board membership, go to our web page at

Our Board Officers are:

Prof Paul Bowman, Editor-in-Chief. Paul is Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. Within the School, he is Director of the Media, Culture and Creativity Research Group.

Sonja Haerkoenen, Scholarly Publications Manager, Cardiff University Library Service, and University Press Manager. Sonja has responsibility for day-to-day management of Cardiff University Press, and also for the activities of the Library’s Open Access Team.

Alice Percival, Executive Officer of Cardiff University Press. Alice works on a range of Press activities, including the provision of support for the Editorial Teams, and acts as secretary for the Editorial Board.

Meet the team

Come with us on a new adventure!

This is a very exciting time for Cardiff University Press. We’ve just moved to our new hosting platform, provided by Ubiquity Press. This platform will enable us to offer more services to our authors, editors and readers. Our web address remains the same: We hope you like our new home!

The move will also allow us to enter a new phase of development. We’ve always had plans to expand into the area of monograph publishing once our journal publishing had been established. Our new partnership with Ubiquity Press will make that expansion possible, and we’re hoping to launch our monograph publishing activities in early 2018. In the meantime, do contact us to register your interest in publishing a monograph with us.

Watch this space, and share our adventure with us.

CardiffUniPress homepage

Welcome to the Cardiff University Press blog!

Thank you for visiting our new blog! We’re launching it during International Open Access Week 2017 – find out more about the week here.

Cardiff University Press is an online Open Access publisher of academic research, established in 2014 and launched in July 2015. We are currently unique in operating the Diamond model of Open Access, where no charges are made to authors, editors or readers for journal publications. This is also referred to as “free in, free out”.

We’ll be blogging about a variety of Press, publishing and Open Access topics – new ideas, work opportunities, calls for papers, news of our own journals and series, and much more. Do let us know what you’d like to see on our blog. We also hope to have some guest bloggers from time to time, so please get in touch if you’d like to volunteer! We can be contacted on or by phone on +44 (0)29 22 510221.