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Information for authors

Bristol University Press works collaboratively with scholars to communicate their work to the broadest audience in the most appropriate formats.

We publish research works (single, multi-authored and edited), textbooks, short-form books (30-50,000 words) and book series.

If you would like to submit a proposal to the press, please follow the guidelines below and e-mail the material to the appropriate editor for your subject area.

Research work guidelines (all guidelines coming soon)
Textbook guidlines
Short-form book proposal guidelines
Series proposal guidelines

If you would like to discuss a project before submission, please contact the editor for your subject area.


The book you are planning to write should fit into one of the following broad categories below. We do not publish conference proceedings, autobiographies or fiction.

Monographs are works of original scholarly research, engaging with other relevant primary and secondary literature. Publication of significant monograph books that push forward the boundaries of the disciplines in which we publish, is very important to Policy Press. Monographs may be considered for publication as hardback only, or as dual edition (paperback and hardback) books dependent on the core audience for the book.
Multi-author or edited works
Edited works should provide a thorough and structured review of a major subject, in which both the chapter topics and the contributors have been carefully selected by the volume editor(s) to ensure that the resulting book is as comprehensive, coherent and integrated a treatment of that subject as possible. We do not publish conference proceedings so if you are proposing to edit a book or series arising out of a conference or workshop, it is essential that all chapters are written specifically for the book, that you have selected only the very best contributions from the meeting, and have, where necessary, supplemented these with specially commissioned chapters to ensure that the book or series is fully rounded and cohesive.

Learning Resources

A learning resource is usually a textbook written for a student market, whether undergraduate, postgraduate or professional. It must be an essential adjunct to a course and students will be strongly recommended to buy it. Its coverage can be either truly comprehensive or relatively specialised, depending on the type of student or course you have in mind. It may be based on your own teaching, but should be broad enough in its appeal to be suitable for courses other than your own. It is particularly important for textbooks to consider the needs of the audience and how your book relates to the competition. We also welcome proposals for innovative learning resources such as digital products or textbooks with supplementary digital content.

Policy and Practice

Policy Press also publishes policy review and polemic books that aim to challenge policy for, or thinking about, a certain field of policy or practice as well as books aimed at a practice audience. Such books should be written in an accessible style, as they are likely to be aimed at a broader audience. They must still be academically sound and appropriately referenced. It is important to clearly consider your audience for a book or series in this category and to ask who needs to read it to effect change as a result.

Trade books for the general reader

We publish serious non-fiction social commentary and debate for a wide audience. These high quality books are written by academics, professionals and other experts in an accessible way bringing key issues of social, political and cultural significance to a wide readership. Your book should have an impact: advancing knowledge, raising awareness and encouraging social change. The most important aspects of a trade book are that they have a very clear, easy to understand message; they tell a good 'story'; and are written in appealing, non-specialist language. 

Policy Press Shorts

Policy Press Shorts is a new format option which delivers original ideas and valuable content in a concise, easily accessible way. We publish three types of these short-form books which can be summarised as follows:
  • Policy Press Shorts: research - books providing the latest cutting-edge research findings (longer than an article but shorter than a monograph) significantly quicker than the usual monograph route;
  • Policy Press Shorts: insights - inspiring new social commentary and insights on topical issues, so you can join the debate quickly and authoritatively;
  • Policy Press Shorts: policy and practice – work which will have an impact on policy and practice in key areas of society.
These titles are between 20-50,000 words and take no more than 12 weeks in production. Download a Policy Press Shorts proposal form, including detailed guidelines, here.



Contact Victoria Pittman on 44 (0)117 954 5947 or email for books in Sociology, Law and Human Geography.
Sociology and social theory
Equality and diversity
Social justice and human rights

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Contact Paul Stevens on 44 (0)117 954 5940 or email for books in Business and Management and Economics.
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Contact Stephen Wehham on 44 (0)117 954 5940 or email for books in
Politics and International Relations.


Find out more about editorial and production and marketing and sales on the Policy Press website.