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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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
- 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
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
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.
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?
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?
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
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.
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