Frequently asked questions


How do I place an order?

Once you've found a book that you want to buy, the shopping cart system makes it easy to place your order.

How do I pay?

To order online you will need a VISA, MasterCard or Maestro card. All payments should be made in sterling and will be processed at the time of ordering.

Which payment methods do you accept? 

We can accept payment by Visa, Mastercard and Maestro.

Is it safe to pay online?

When you place an order online with the Policy Press, your personal details are completely safe. We use the industry standard secure server software, which protects your information as it is transmitted over the Internet. Your order is encrypted so that no one else can read it, and is not decoded until it reaches our secure server. When it reaches us, only authorised personnel will see it. We do not store your credit card details online, so other internet users cannot access your details. In the event of fraudulent or unauthorised use of your card, most banks and card issuers will not hold you liable for the charges incurred - or will only hold you liable for the first £50. We are confident that whilst you are using our site, there is no chance of this happening. So, if through no fault of your own, unauthorised use of your card takes place through our secure server, we will cover your liability up to a maximum of £50. This guarantee is limited to purchases made through our secure server and is subject to notification of your card issuer in line with its regulations.

What are the delivery rates?

UK: £3.00 (5 - 7 working days delivery);
Europe: £6.00 (14 - 21 working days delivery);
Rest of World: £12.00 (14 - 21 working days delivery).

Will my private details stay private?

Yes. For your convenience, we will keep a record of all the information you give us so that we can make it easier for you to order in the future. We do not sell or rent your personal details to anyone. We also don’t store your details online so other internet users cannot access them.

Will my book be in stock?

If the title you have ordered is not in stock or not yet published at the time of your order you will be charged at the time of ordering, we will record a backorder for you and arrange for it to be sent on when it has been received at our warehouse.

When will my order arrive? 

If you are in the UK, once your order has been placed you should expect to receive your books within 5 – 7 working days. All our overseas orders are despatched by airmail. Please allow 14 - 21 working days for delivery.

What if my order does not arrive?

We will try our best to deliver your order within our estimated delivery time. However, sometimes delays do occur. Unfortunately, these delays are often out of our control. If your order has not arrived by the estimated delivery date please contact your local distributor.

Who do I contact if I have a problem or delay with an order? 

Your first point of contact is your local distributor. If you have any further problems, please contact our sales department on tel: +44 (0)117 954 5963 or email:

How do I get a discount code? 

Discount codes are available during selected promotions and will be highlighted either through the website, through exclusive offers on our email alerts service or through reader/member offers with related magazines, journals or organisations. Join our mailing list to make sure you’re the first to know.

Do you offer a discount for bulk orders? 

Yes, we are happy to discuss discounts for bulk purchases of our titles. Please contact Tim Mahar on tel: +44 (0)117 954 5956 or email:

As a member of staff/student at the University of Bristol, am I eligible for a discount on publications? 

We offer a 30% discount on our titles to members of staff and students at the University of Bristol. Please contact Jessica Miles on email: for the promotional code.

I am an author/editor/contributor, can I receive a discount on copies of my title? 

Authors, editors and contributors are entitled to 35% discount when purchasing copies of their own title and any other Policy Press book. To receive your discount you will need to quote the relevant promotional code supplied. If you need to receive the code please contact

Where can I find out more about my royalty statements/payments?


How can I request an inspection copy?

All of our textbooks are available on inspection to lecturers teaching a relevant course*. 
Some inspection copies (view a list here) are now available as e-versions in e-pub format, indicated by “Request E-inspection Copy” on the relevant book page. Click on the “Request E-inspection Copy” link to order your copy via our e-inspection platform. Where e-inspection copies aren't yet available you can order a print inspection copy by clicking on the 'request inspection copy' link and filling in the form. 
 *Inspection copies are available to lecturers who wish to consider adopting them for a course of 12 or more students. E-inspection copies are available on trial for 28 days, after which access will cease and lecturers will be invited to adopt the book for their course. For print inspection copies, if the title is recommended for purchase on a course, it may be kept. If not, it should be paid for or returned to our distributor in resaleable condition within 28 days. A maximum of three titles can be requested at any one time.

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