Proposal Guidelines for Social Science Authors
Covering the subjects: Aviation; Human
Factors; Human Geography; Law and Legal Studies; Information and
Cultural Management; Politics and International
Relations; Social Work; Sociology.
Working with Ashgate
Thinking of becoming an Ashgate author? Here are some reasons
why you should contact us to discuss your ideas:-
- All our books are peer-reviewed, and we make a conscious effort
to arrive at decisions about new proposals quickly.
- We publish much more quickly than other academic presses
(typically 4 to 9 months from receipt of your approved text).
- We have an international reputation for our commitment to
producing attractive books that effectively promote the advancement
of scholarly research.
- The majority of our books are published simultaneously in both
print and digital (e-book) editions.
- Whilst other publishers may outsource large areas of the
editorial process, at Ashgate we demonstrate our commitment to
quality and author care by maintaining an in-house team of
dedicated and experienced editors who provide an accessible,
friendly and supportive environment.
- We have worldwide marketing and distribution. For more
information about how we market and sell our books please see
to Marketing and Sales.
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Submitting a Book Proposal
We are actively seeking new book proposals. The following guide
lists the information we need to make an initial assessment of the
proposed book. A list of our commissioning editors by subject
area is available in the Contact Us area
of our website.
Book Proposal Guidelines
Your initial proposal should include the following:
- A statement of the aims and rationale for the book: how does it
further research in the field?
- The draft contents list along with a synopsis of each
- One or two sample chapters or related material which best
represents your work (if available).
- Details of the number and type of illustrations you would like
to feature, e.g. photographs, line-drawings, maps. For further
details regarding illustrations please see our Guide to Including
Illustrations in Your Book.
- The estimated word extent
- The estimated delivery date
- A short biographical paragraph for all authors, editors and
contributors involved with the book, and a short CV for the
principal author(s) or editor(s).
- Details of competing books, either published or in preparation,
and how your book distinguishes itself from these.
- The readership level at which your book is aimed, e.g.
third-year undergraduate, post-graduate researcher, university
- If your book is a revised version of your PhD thesis, has the
thesis been posted on to any institutional repository? If yes, is
the institutional repository publicly accessible or accessible only
to members of the institution? Please give details.
- Is there a requirement from the research council or funding
body who supported the research in this book for you to publish
this book in accordance with an Open Access Policy?
Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your book
For information on how to prepare your typescript for
publication, please see our Author