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Proposal submission

You are always welcome to submit a proposal

We publish monographs, edited volumes and conference proceedings with a minimum word count of 35,000 words on a wide range of specialist subjects. We also dedicate 10% of our publishing output each year to PhD dissertations by aspiring academics, in whose work we see particular potential.

You will receive a prompt response to your submission

All proposals are assessed by our Editorial Panel, which comprises leading academics with established publishing records and specialisms in their chosen field. We respond promptly to authors, typically within a four to six week period, because we believe that initiating the journey to publication should be as efficient as possible.

What we need

We recognise that research may be at varying stages of completion by academics considering publication, which is why we keep our proposal requirements as simple and flexible as possible. We have a short proposal form (for a PDF, click here) we ask authors to complete, covering the following areas:

  • Proposal overview: This should detail the goals of your research, where the material fits with the current literature in your field, the range of topics to be covered and any additional information you believe is relevant to the case for publication. The overview should introduce your work, those involved in its development and the wider academic context in which it sits.
  • Sample chapter: We do not require a full manuscript at proposal stage but a minimum of one sample chapter is essential to provide evidence of the academic quality of your writing. This enables our Editorial Panel to make an informed evaluation of the proposed work. The sample chapter should be taken from the main body of your work rather than an introduction or conclusion.
  • Academic Profile: Your profile needs to present your academic credentials. It should include details of your specialist qualifications, outline your current position and the institution to which you are affiliated and provide a list of all previous publications, including articles in academic journals.

Where to send it

Please send all speculative proposals to Camilla Harding, Commissioning Editor. If you have a question about a submission you wish to make, please contact Camilla and a member of our commissioning team will respond as appropriate.

What happens next

We will acknowledge your submission as soon as we receive it. Our commissioning team will then review the submission to ensure that all the correct information has been provided and, if required, liaise with you to source any additional information to ensure we are in a position to proceed to a full editorial review. Proposals are passed to our Editorial Panel for a formal review, at which stage the scope, objectives and suitability for publication are assessed. Once a decision has been made, our commissioning team will either contact you to outline our reasons for rejecting the proposal or confirm that your proposal has been accepted. If your submission is successful, a member of our contracts team will then arrange for a contract to be prepared and agreed with you.