Textbooks & Reference

Humanities and Social Sciences

We are working towards expanding our existing list of publications and our author base. In that endeavour, we look forward to receiving new book proposals in all the areas in which we publish. If you are interested in submitting a proposal you can click here.

Guidelines for Creating the Proposal

Download the form and do fill it up with great care. This will help the editorial to assess your plans better. While filling up the form you can keep in mind these points:

  • Title: The title should inform the reader what your book is about. Do try and keep it short and lucid. We can always discuss the title or the subtitle once we have taken the proposal ahead.
  • Name: Take care to mention your name in full.
  • Contact details: Remember to attach your CV when you submit the form. Let us know how best to get in touch with you. Your email, phone numbers and home address are important for us to be able to communicate with you.
  • Nature of work: Are you proposing a textbook, a work of reference or is it a monograph? Do mention this clearly and help us take better care of your work.
  • Figures and other illustrations: Is your book going to have maps, illustrations and photographs? It is important for us to know about them as these are important from the point of view of scholarship, pedagogy as well as pricing.
  • Market and Readership: Who do you think is going to read your book? Mark the category of proposed readership based on the following:
    • Academics, practitioners or professionals in the field
    • Undergraduates
    • Advanced or postgraduate students
  • Course: Is your book written to fit a certain course? If so, mention the course title. If it is an interdisciplinary book, do mention the disciplines it will cater to. If the proposed book is a textbook then mention the course/semester/year and attach the prescribed curriculum.
  • Book abstract: A note of around 700—1000 words is going to help us assess your proposal even better. Kindly try to answer the following questions while creating a book description:
    • Overview of the subject
    • Rationale and scope
    • What themes, concepts and ideas will you develop?
  • Contents: It helps if you can explain your table of contents by giving a brief summary of each chapter. We understand that any scheme you draw up at this stage will inevitably change as writing proceeds and your book grows and develops, but the more detailed your initial presentation, the better it is.
  • Competing titles: If you know of any book that competes or complements your work in similar subjects, please share details with us. A crisp comparison of your proposal with what is already there in the market can help us to evaluate your proposal.
  • Edited volume: In case of an edited volume, a list of contributors and their affiliation is essential.

The Review Process

  • The initial review of the proposal is done by the commissioning editor and the editorial team. The editor will assess the proposal based on relevance, originality, value addition to existing literature, suitability to the publication plan of the Press, among others. The commissioning editor will ask you to share a few draft chapters, if available, for an internal reading.
  • If during the editorial review it is felt that the proposal shows promise, the sample chapters are sent out for blind peer reviews. The editor identifies experts in the field, who are under obligation to maintain confidentiality, to read the chapters and share their opinion.
  • The review comments are communicated to the authors and they are invited to respond.
  • After this stage, well-supported proposals are put forward for consideration to the Press Syndicate. When a recommendation is accepted by the Syndicate, a contract is offered to the author(s) or editor(s).

The process mentioned above could take anything between two to three months.

What We Don’t Publish!

While we are happy to publish new authors and creative works, we do not publish fiction or poetry. We also avoid publishing how-to books, appliance manuals and writings which explicitly promote religion. Everything we publish must have some educational and/or scholarly value.

Production

We acknowledge that publishing a book is all about collaboration between the Press and the author, so we contact our authors regularly to offer encouragement and feedback. We help our authors with technical queries, give guidance on copy-editorial issues such as style, or mention conventions for references and footnotes.

The Press has extremely high production standards. Once the manuscript has been delivered, it is thoroughly copy-edited. The copy-editor deals with issues such as spelling, grammar, consistency of notation, and layout of visuals.

Along with us, our designers will be working on the cover. We encourage our authors to supply us visuals which they think will suit our needs the best. Choosing the right image is important because we need to keep in mind the electronic as well as print editions.

Marketing

Our marketing efforts ensure that your book reaches an audience beyond our national boundaries. We support a book with catalogues, brochures and flyers which reach our network of individual, institutional and trade customers.

We promote our books strongly to wholesalers and library-supply organizations.

We have excellent relationships with retailers and bookshop chains both large and small in every region where we do business.

Today, online delivery is critical for many of our products. An increasingly important part of our business is other electronic products such as e-books and electronic collections of books that are searchable. The printed book is far from dead, but there is no doubt that demand for electronic products is growing.

Editorial Contacts

Subjects Editor Email
History, South Asia Studies, Politics,
Sociology, Psychology, Law
Qudsiya Ahmed qahmed@cambridge.org
Economics, Business, Management Dhiraj Pandey dpandey@cambridge.org
Head- Academic Group Debjani Mazumder dmazumder@cambridge.org

Science, Technology and Medicine

Cambridge University Press welcomes new book proposals in science, technology and medicine. We \ publish monographs, textbooks and reference books. Here are the guidelines to help you complete your proposal.

About Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press is a division of the University of Cambridge and is constitutionally devoted to printing and publishing for ‘the acquisition, advancement, conservation and dissemination of knowledge in all subjects’. The Press publishes globally in the English language and seeks to attract the best authors in each subject. Our publishing in the fields of science, technology and medicine is supported by editors who are subject specialists.

Confidentiality

Any proposal along with supporting documents will be reviewed by in-house editors, followed by external reviewers. We promise to keep information confidential. Our reviews of your manuscript and documents comply with the best ethical practices in the industry.

Preparing Your Proposal

While filling up the book proposal form do share with us all the information you have about your book.This includes:

  • The title of the book
  • Synopsis of the proposed title
  • A description of the intended readership/target audience
  • Your CV
  • Approximate page extent
  • Tentative date of submission of the manuscript
  • A comparison of the proposed title with the bestselling texts in the market
  • An analysis of the table of contents with a summary of each chapter

Procedure

As soon as you send us a proposal, our editors will write to you acknowledging it. We will, after this, start evaluating your proposal. If what you have submitted fits our publishing programme, we will get in touch with you asking for a complete manuscript or sample chapters. Once we receive the sample chapters, we will send them to external reviewers. We will send the review reports to you, inviting you to respond to them. Typically, a complete review process takes around two to three months.

We will, after completing the process of reviewing your work, send it for approval to the governing body of the Press, the Syndicate. The Syndicate has eighteen members from diverse disciplines who are scholars of international repute. The Syndicate meets every two weeks during term time and once a month during vacations. Once the Syndicate accepts the proposal, a contract is issued. Your editor will be in regular touch with you, advising you on timelines.

Textbooks

While a textbook is a learning tool for students pursuing an area of study, we encourage our authors to make their books comprehensive enough to be relevant beyond the courses they have been written for. Here is a list of items highlighting the information we need from you when we evaluate a textbook publication proposal:

  • Course into which the book fits
  • The nature of the work: Is it a primary textbook or is it for supplementary reading?
  • The level at which the book is going to be used: Is it for undergraduate or postgraduate studies? In which year or semester of the course will your book be used?
  • The size of enrolment for such course at your institute
  • Will your book cater to more than one semester/year?

Monographs

We welcome proposals for scientific monographs. However, we need to know the relevance (is it going to interest researchers for years to come?) and scope (is it central or peripheral to the research theme on which it is based?) of the monograph we wish to publish. This information will go a long way in securing approval from the Syndicate and we encourage our authors to share as much information as they can.

Multi-authored or Edited Works

Ideally, an edited work should be a coherent collection of writings on an area of research or scholarship. The volume editor needs to select writings with discretion to ensure that the volume is comprehensive and coherent. While it is difficult for us to publish conference volumes if they are simple collections of papers presented, it is entirely possible for us to consider well-written essays presented in a seminar or a conference if they are supplemented by original writings, making the proposed book rounded and cohesive.

What Do We Need to Publish an Edited Volume?

  • Names and affiliations of the contributors
  • Chapter titles and abstracts supplied in the order of their appearance in the book
  • Information on the status of agreement between contributors: Do all the contributors agree to the timelines and purpose of the book? Has the editor been in touch with them?
  • Rationale and methodology of the project: Why have you chosen the essays? How did you put them together?
  • Quality protocol: How can we best ensure that all the chapters are of the same quality?
  • Timeline for submission of each chapter and an informed prediction on when the project will be complete
  • Where will this volume sell and in what numbers?

Reference Books

We encourage comprehensive research on an area to be put together as a book. These are what we call reference books. While the area of research may be limited or extensive, it is important for us to know that the quality of research has been comprehensive. If that is the case, we look forward to your proposals.

Submission Guidelines

You do not need to submit the complete manuscript to initiate a project. Please wait to hear from a Press editor before you send us the complete manuscript. We encourage our authors to submit chapters and illustrations only in the soft format (word document or PDF) and typeset using LaTEX.

Editorial Contacts

Subjects Editor Email
Mechanical, Civil, Chemical, Industrial and Production Engineering, Material Sciences, First Year Core Engineering Gauravjeet Singh Reen gsreen@cambridge.org
Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Science and IT, Aerospace Engineering, Earth and Environmental Science Manish Choudhary mchoudhary@cambridge.org
Chemistry and Physics Gauravjeet Singh Reen gsreen@cambridge.org
Life Sciences, Mathematics and Biotech Gauravjeet Singh ReenManish Choudhary mchoudhary@cambridge.org
Vice President, Publishing - Academic Group Debjani Mazumder dmazumder@cambridge.org