We judge a book's suitability for publication based on your proposal, which we send to specialist, external reviewers for their opinion. In order for the reviewers to judge your work effectively and fairly, please include in your book proposal the following:
A working title
Titles are important. Appearing in catalogues, publicity material, and reference lists, they
signal a book's subject area and how it
relates to other work in the field. For
librarians, booksellers, and the general reader, a book's title is the main indication of its content, so
please give it careful thought. If you are offered a
contract, the Press Editors will discuss with you the best wording for your book's main title
and its second deck, if required.
Authors' and Editors' details
Provide the name, postal address and email of
all your book's contributors and editors, and specify to
whom you would like postal and e-correspondence sent.
Origin of the project
The majority of books in the SEPS
series are edited volumes that arise from
conferences or funded research-based projects. The series is strongly associated with cutting-edge
research originating from the ECPR’s Joint Sessions of Workshops,
Research Sessions, and the General Conference. Not
all contributors to the originating event/project
need to be included, but you can recruit new
contributors, if this makes the volume more
When completing your proposal,
please provide brief background information on when
and how your proposed volume originated. Please note that we do not publish conference
Statement of the book's aims
Briefly and concisely state the main themes and
objectives of the proposed volume. Define the gap
in existing research that it will fill, and explain why
there is a need for it. Describe what you are doing
differently, or in a more innovative way, or better,
than existing books.
Detailed synopsis and
provisional contents list
Provide a structured
synopsis of not more than 5,000 words. A simple list of
chapter headings is not enough for a
reviewer to go on, so after each chapter heading, write a paragraph explaining
what you intend to cover. Make it clear that the chapters
are structured logically and integrated around a
coherent central research problem (research
questions). If the book includes case studies, will
they appeal to an international audience?
Identify as accurately as possible your
intended readership. The
target group is usually
academic specialists but in some cases a book may
also be attractive to certain groups of students,
practitioners or professionals in your field; if so,
please specify. If the book is relevant to students,
please specify the level. If possible, identify subsidiary markets and courses. And if there
are any international markets or areas of topical
interest you feel are relevant, please also outline these.
of competitive works
Briefly review the main
books that you consider competition to this
volume. As fairly as possible, try to identify the
strengths and weaknesses of each of these titles.
Explain how your book will differ from its
competition, what it offers that the others don’t,
or how it furthers research or offers a better
approach to the subject. You may feel that there are
no direct rivals, but please review the books which
are most similar.
Please include these, indicating whether
or not they have been revised in view of publication. If not, please indicate clearly
the changes that will need to be made.
Sample chapters should give a reviewer an impression of style and approach, and be
representative of the work as a whole. In many
cases, a draft introductory chapter is
preferable, unless the description of the aims and
scope is already indicative of what the introduction
will look like. If the book is a mixture of
theoretical and empirical chapters, try
to provide samples of both. The more chapters you
submit the firmer the offer of a contract is likely to be (see
‘Reviewing process’ below).
Will the book include tables, graphs, photographs,
drawings, cases, questions, problems, glossaries,
appendices, etc? Most books have a
bibliography or list of references at the end, but
you can also have the list of references at the end
of each chapter.
Length of manuscript
The standard length of the volumes published in this
series is approximately 100,000 words or 220 pages,
with an average of 500 words per page. (For comparison, A4
manuscript pages, set in 10pt Times New Roman and double line
spaced, are normally around 300 words per page.)
However, we are happy to
consider your book's length in relation
to its scope and nature. We
therefore accept shorter (80–90,000-word) and longer
(120–150,000-word) manuscripts for a maximum of
roughly 300–320 printed pages, inclusive of index, bibliography, tables,
figures and appendices. But do bear in mind that the longer the book, the
higher the production cost and the trickier it is to
get a coherent focus – which could be to the detriment of the book's overall quality.
Do you have a timetable for completion?
What percentage of the material is
complete? Please indicate a reasonable
date for delivery of the final manuscript
(see ‘Reviewing process’ below).
Contributors' curriculum vitae
Please enclose a
brief CV of the book’s author(s) and editor(s), giving as much information as possible about
the individual contributors. It is important that we
have their institutional affiliations, if nothing else.
Submitting your proposal
Use the online form at
sample chapters by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The proposal and sample
chapters will be assessed by the Editors.
If they feel the book might be appropriate
for the SEPS series, the proposal will be sent for
peer review by up to three external academics. Please understand
that finding competent reviewers might take some
time. If necessary, anonymous reviews will be
sent to the book's editor(s), who will be
invited to comment on the issues raised. A modification of the original proposal
might then be required, which in some cases may result in a further external
assessment of either the proposal or the
We aim to complete the
review process within three months of receipt of the proposal. If the review is positive, the
proposal will be accepted for publication, at which
stage we will offer you a contract. The decision to accept, or not, is taken by the Press Editors in association with our publishing professionals on mainly scientific, but
also on commercial grounds.
Contracts offered on the basis of a proposal and
sample chapters are subject to confirmation
on the delivery of the final manuscript, which needs
to reflect what was promised in the proposal. The
final assessment will be made either in house or by the
external reviewers, depending on individual circumstances.
Submitting your manuscript
Once an agreement
has been reached, you will receive
instructions on house style and the preparation of
your manuscript for submission. If you would like
guidance at an earlier stage, write to us at email@example.com.
If there's anything else you'd like to ask, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org