Get ready to publish a book
Whether you are looking to write a book, read our ethics guidelines, find out about your rights as an author or learn about editing a book series, we are here to help.
Prepare to submit your book proposal
- Be realistic about proposed delivery dates.
- Set realistic deadlines for any contributors. We suggest an extra 6-8 weeks ahead of your manuscript submission deadline.
- A typical word count for an academic monograph is around 80,000 words, or 20-50,000 words for Emerald Points titles and exceeding these may impact pricing and marketing your book.
- Provide a list of possible external peer reviewers in your form. Reviewers should be based at a different institution and, if your book is an adaptation of your thesis, they cannot be one of your PhD supervisors.
- You are welcome to submit a sample draft chapter with your proposal and we can provide you with some helpful feedback.
Types of book
We publish in a variety of formats, designed to offer you choice and flexibility. Visit our Bookstore to see if your idea brings fresh knowledge and is a good fit with our publishing programme.
Detailed written studies that focus on a single, specialist aspect of your field. We publish single-authored monographs and edited collections, both as part of an existing series, or as a single title.
Professional business titles
Applied content across a broad range of subjects including marketing, leadership, and human resource management.
Comprehensive and authoritative works on topics across social sciences and business.
Academic textbooks targeted at upper undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
A short form, quick-to-publish book format, peer reviewed research of between 20 and 50,0000 words, published within 12 weeks of acceptance of the final manuscript.
Information to read before you submit
Read through our publishing ethics guidelines before you submit your proposal. Find out about your rights as an author and what permissions you must clear before you can submit your manuscript.
Publishing ethics guidelines
Make sure your book or book chapter follows our ethics guidelines.
What are your rights as an author? Find out everything you need to know on our author policies page.
Before you submit a manuscript, you should make sure you have permission to use any third-party content that you have not created.
Write or edit a chapter, book or series
Whether you want to write a book yourself or contribute a chapter, edit a collection or an entire book series, find out how you can submit your book proposal.
Book editors FAQs
What makes a good series topic?
We look for topics that address obvious, or emerging, research gaps in your subject community. You may want to target a particular market. Our series present in-depth research in clearly specified fields, written by leading experts and researchers.
What makes a good series editor?
We are looking for editors with the ability to:
- Network: Connect with and commission from a wide range of academics and experts.
- Persuade: Convince busy people to spend time writing for your volume/ series.
- Organise: You’ll need to keep your authors to a strict timetable.
- Be diplomatic: You will have to critique and edit the work of friends and colleagues, even senior figures.
Why become a book series editor?
Being an editor can be very rewarding, giving you the opportunity to help shape or develop your field, support and champion new scholars, and work with some of the leading experts in your community. You will also learn how to select, shape and review manuscripts, all of which are important skills in the scholarly world.
What support will we give you?
You will be supported throughout by a dedicated, subject-specific editorial team, consisting of a commissioning editor and editorial assistant. They will work with you to:
- Agree individual book topics and scope and assign writing schedules and contracts for each volume
- Encourage submissions and send calls for papers to prospective contributors
- Process submitted manuscripts for production
Pitch an edited collection
- Be quite clear why a book is the best format for the collection and not, for instance, a journal special issue. View alternative ways to publish.
- You will need to supply a list of contributors and chapter abstracts in your proposal, even if this is subject to change as the book develops post contract.
- How will you source submissions? You may want to directly approach other scholars in the field whose work you think will fit your volume’s theme. You could also consider doing an open call for submissions, ask colleagues at a relevant conference, or use Listservs and social media. Think about attracting a global spread of relevant contributors as this will help maximise international sales. It’s also good to have a mix of early career/ established scholars contributing to the volume.
- You might want to consider asking a well-known scholar to contribute a preface.
- As editor(s), you should write the introduction to the volume and also consider adding a concluding chapter.
More for book authors and editors
Understand the publishing process
See all the steps in our book publishing process and download our helpful infographic.
Alternative routes to publish
Publish a case study, in a journal or on our open access platform, Emerald Open Research.
Author how-to guides
Read our expert how-to guides on planning, structuring and revising your work.
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