In honour of the 10th anniversary of its establishment, the University of Namibia started in 2002 to publish titles under the name of UNAM Press. In its 20th year, the University established a dedicated UNAM Press publishing unit, whose vision is to be the leading publisher of scholarly research and innovation in Namibia.
This was an important milestone in the history of the University and of publishing in Namibia, where scholarly publishing opportunities are very limited.
UNAM Press publishes works on topics related to Namibia and the Southern African region, reflecting the strengths of the University and the best scholarship in and on Namibia and the region. Published and forthcoming titles include studies of culture and languages; nation building and democracy; education; law; social and political history; autobiographies; the environment and sustainable development.
UNAM Press thus plays a vital role in fulfilling the vision and mission of the University, as defined in its key statements, by:
- Disseminating the results of the university’s research across a broad spectrum of real-world problems, in order to communicate and share this research with others and so contribute to nation-building.
- Serving as a repository for the preservation, development and articulation of national values and culture, through the promotion of Namibian history, art and languages.
- Engaging with society in the creation and dissemination of knowledge.
- Becoming a treasure house of knowledge at the service of national development.
Our publishing programme is guided by the UNAM Press Policy approved by Senate in 2011, and the Senate Research and Publications Committee.
An Editorial Board works with the UNAM Press unit to implement policy and approve or reject publication proposals and manuscripts. Submissions go through initial evaluation by the Publisher and Editorial Board members, and selected manuscripts of interest are sent for double-blind peer-review.
UNAM Press engages critically with content and language, design and technology, to ensure that its publications are of high academic, editorial, and production quality.