The West German University Press is a spin-off of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The spin-off was funded publically by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research NRW in 1999.

The West German University Press (as a corporation) is independent from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (as body of public law) in legal terms.

The bodies of the University Press are
  • the Board of Trustees,
  • the Advisory Board,
  • the Management Board,
  • the Non-Profit Association "Friends and Promoters of The University Press Bochum",
  • the Quality Committee.
All members of the bodies are exclusively authors of Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB).

Furthermore, there are
  • the branches of the publishing house,
  • the bookstore of the publishing house and
  • and the distribution center of the publishing house.