As of July 2012 the UCT Press Editorial Board is composed of the following academics from the University of Cape Town:
Mr. Digby Sales (Chair)
Prof. Haroon Bhorat
Prof. Robert Morrell
Prof. Deborah Posel
Prof. Ed Rybicki
Prof. Vanessa Watson
Prof. Danie Visser
Editorial Board members will champion UCT Press in their particular faculty and encourage academics to submit manuscripts for publication with UCT Press.
The UCT Press will consider non-fiction titles in the following categories:
• Academic monographs
• Scholarly works with trade potential
• Academic resources with the potential for prescription at academic tertiary institutions
UCT Press will not undertake to publish fiction or theses, unless the latter have been reworked into scholarly monographs.
UCT Press will publish manuscripts of excellence from other tertiary institutions, and not confine itself to UCT academics.
1. All manuscripts will be peer reviewed ‘blind’ by at least 2 experts in the relevant field, prior to publication. Authors would be asked to identify potential reviewers. (See guidelines for the submission of publications.) Board members should also solicit names from relevant faculty colleagues. The Board will base its approval of manuscripts on evidence provided in the peer-review reports.
Editorial Board members may recommend possible peer-reviewers for manuscripts, but will not undertake to review manuscripts themselves, unless they fall within their areas of expertise and they wish to add their views to that of the peer reviewer’s blind reports. For National Department of Education accreditation purposes, a statement on the nature of this peer review process undertaken prior to publication should be included on the back of the book, or on the imprint page.
2. The Editorial Board will assist Juta & Company to identify appropriate journals that might publish reviews of books produced by the Press, and to which review copies should be sent. UCT Press will be marketed at UCT through a professional marketing campaign to be undertaken by the UCT Department of Communications and Marketing, and through such outlets as the Monday Paper, Faculty Board lists, and the Research Distribution lists.
The UCT Press Editorial Board will meet quarterly, in February, May, August and November, but publications can be submitted at any time.
Juta & Company
• will assess the financial viability of projects deemed to be suitable for publication under the UCT Press imprint. If the Editorial Board feels strongly that a proposal should be published and it is not deemed to be financially viable by Juta, every effort will be made to raise a subvention for the project.
• will present to the Editorial Board the UCT Press management account for the financial year, following the approval of the Juta and Company audit in October.
• will re-establish relationships with other prestigious university presses abroad, and endeavour to sell foreign rights so as to broaden the circulation of titles internationally. Frankfurt and London Book Fairs, amongst others, present ideal opportunities to do this.
• undertakes to publish, market and sell UCT Press titles to academic as well as trade bookshops locally and abroad.