Publishing your book with MUP

Of all the publishers I have worked with MUP have been: the ones with the shortest lead-in time to production of the book; the most efficient at copyediting and handling proofs; and, perhaps most importantly, the most fun and nicest people to work with.
Bill Jones, author of British Politics Today

Manchester University Press as your publisher

Manchester University Press gives you all the advantages of a university press including high academic standards and rigorous publishing values, along with all the benefits of working with a small publishing house.
  • We are small enough to care strongly about each book we publish
  • We have over 100 years’ experience in publishing for the academic market
  • Academic quality is at the core of what we do – each book we publish is extensively peer reviewed, and we give you as much feedback and support as we can
  • Our response times are quick, and we are always happy to provide updates on progress – if we do not wish to publish your book we'll try let you know within a month.
  • Our production times are fast
  • We employ a team of experienced professional copyeditors who work on every manuscript
  • We have a superb in-house production team who will involve you closely in the progress of the book
  • We consult you about the design of your cover and will welcome your input
  • We have a team of expert marketing personnel who will take every opportunity to promote your book to the right audience both through conventional and electronic channels. Our marketing team will contact you before your book is published to discuss any ideas/suggestions you may have. You will also be asked to complete a marketing questionnaire, which can be downloaded here
  • We are totally abreast of electronic developments and have a sensible strategy to exploit them for your benefit
  • Your book will be sold in the UK by an excellent team of representatives, the Yale University Press sales force, who visit all the major academic bookshops in the country
  • Your book will be sold in the US by one of the biggest publishers in the world, Palgrave Macmillan, who attend all the major academic conferences and clearly understand the market for your book
  • Your book will be sold in Europe, the Far East and Australia by experienced agents
How to submit a book proposal
If you would like to submit a proposal, you can do so by downloading our publishing proposal guidelines below, following them in preparing your proposal, and then sending it to the correct commissioning editor for the subject area. Please do not send entire manuscripts in the first instance; we prefer to see one or two sample chapters and a detailed outline of the project.

Emma Brennan – History, History of Art
Meredith Carroll – Archaeology
Tom Dark – Sociology, Business and Economics
Matthew Frost – Literature, Film, Theatre
Tony Mason – Politics, IR, International Law and Ireland

If you prefer, you can send your proposal by post to:
Manchester University Press, Floor J, Renold Building, Altrincham Street, Manchester, M1 7JA, UK

You will need a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat (downloadable from Adobe) to view PDF file(s). PDF files open in a new window.

PhD Theses
Because PhD theses are increasingly freely and widely available in digital repositories, our policy is that we will not consider books based on theses for publication.

In a small number of cases, where the research is of exceptionally high quality and broad appeal, we can consider a book that takes thesis research as its starting point and expands upon it significantly, on the strict understanding that it must have been entirely rewritten and restructured for a wider audience.

Please do not send unrevised thesis materials for consideration.

Open Access
Manchester University Press supports the Open Access publishing of monographs; see
Open Access with Manchester University Press.

Proposals for textbooks
Manchester University Press is a name trusted by students and scholars world-wide as a clear indication of the best scholarly content. We are always on the lookout for academically rigorous, accessible textbooks that fill gaps in the market and provide convenient, affordable texts for busy course tutors to set for their students.

If you have an idea for a textbook, please contact the editor of the relevant discipline.

The peer review and commissioning process
We pride ourselves on publishing high quality, scholarly works, and in order to maintain a high standard of publications, all book proposals and manuscripts undergo a rigorous process of assessment by peer review. The guidelines below explain the review process.

How long will it take?
For reviewers of book proposals, we ask that reports be returned within four weeks; for reviewers of manuscripts, we ask reports to be returned within eight weeks. However, this review process can take longer due to the need to find a suitable and available reviewer, the length of the submission and the workload of the reviewer. We always aim to ask the best academics in the field to review submissions; however they are often very busy, so we have to wait until they are available to review the work and write their report. The review process can also take longer if the submission is for a particular series, as series editors often have a number of proposals and manuscripts under consideration at the same time.

The review process can therefore take from just two weeks to three or four months, depending on the availability of the reviewers, how long the reviewer takes and the number of reports required. On average the review process for a book proposal takes about six weeks; for a manuscript, it is about eight weeks.

How many reports are required?
At least two positive reports are required for every work commissioned. If the submission is for a series then a report from one of the series editors is also necessary.

What happens when the reports come in?
The reports are sent to the author for their comments and feedback. This is an important process of the review process as it gives the author a chance to defend or agree with any criticisms or suggestions made, and, if necessary, make revisions to the original submission. It is our policy to protect the identity of reviewers by making all reports anonymous.

If the reports are negative, or if the commissioning editor decides not to contract the book, then the submission would be declined for publication at this stage.

When will a contract be offered?
Once the reports and the author's response are in the commissioning editor will decide whether a contract will be offered. This may take between a few days or a couple of weeks, depending on the submission, the nature of the reports and the author's response, the completion of research on the market and competition, and the working out of provisional production costs to make sure the submission is financially viable.

Once the commissioning editor decides to contract the work, terms are negotiated with the author and the submission is put before senior representatives of the Press at our commissioning meeting, and if approved internally is then sent to our Editorial Committee for final approval.

What is the Editorial Committee?
The Editorial Committee is made up of distinguished academics at the University of Manchester.

What happens after the book is contracted?
Once a work is under contract, the author is left to write the book and submit the manuscript before or on the agreed delivery date. The editorial team will be in touch regularly to check on the author's progress and will be there to answer any questions or queries the author may have. If an author thinks that they may not be able to operate within the agreed contract terms (e.g. the agreed delivery date, or the contracted word length or number of illustrations) then they should contact the commissioning editor as soon as possible.

What happens when I submit the complete manuscript?
When the contracted manuscript is submitted it will be sent out to a reviewer for a final report. This usually takes between six and eight weeks, depending on the availability of the reviewer and the length of time it takes them to read the manuscript and write their report.

One positive report is needed at this stage, although if the book is in a series then a report by one of the series editors is also required. Once the report is in, it is forwarded to the author and any changes are discussed with the commissioning editor. If substantial changes are required then the manuscript is likely to be reviewed again once the revisions have been made. If only minor changes are to be made, the manuscript is revised accordingly by the author and then passed over to the production department.

If you have any questions about the review process of your book proposal or manuscript then please do not hesitate to contact the commissioning editor in charge of your submission.

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