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We welcome proposals for books, series or journals, from both experienced and also first-time authors. If possible, please use the relevant guidelines listed below to structure your proposal as this will help us to get back to you as quickly as possible.

It is essential that you include: 

  • Proposal: an outline of aims and objectives, intended market and the competition;
  • Chapter plan: one to two paragraphs on each chapter, detailing the content, argument or any features;
  • Up-to-date CV for yourself, co-authors/editors and short biographies for contributors;
  • Sample chapters (if available). 
If you would like to discuss your proposal before sending it to us, please contact the editor for your subject area.

Proposal guidelines


Format types

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 We do not publish conference proceedings, autobiographies or fiction.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 We do not publish conference proceedings so if you are proposing to edit a book or series arising out of a conference or workshop, it is essential that all chapters are written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.

Commissioning: who to contact


Contact Isobel Bainton on 44 (0)117 954 5940 or email for books in:
Children, young people and families
Education and lifelong learning
Social work

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Contact Sarah Bird on 44 (0)117 954 5951 or email for books in:
Social geography and urban studies
Housing and planning
Environment and sustainability
Human geography
Community development

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Contact Helen Davis on 44 (0)117 428 2620 or email for books in:

Contact Catherine Gray by emailing for textbooks and learning resources
or proposals in Social research methods.


Contact Victoria Pittman on 44 (0)117 954 5947 or email for books in:
Sociology and social theory
Social justice and human rights


Contact Alison Shaw by emailing for accessible, serious non-fiction books and social commentary which are aimed at an informed general reader.

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Contact Paul Stevens on 44 (0)117 954 5940 or email for books in:
Business and Management
Economics and Society

Contact Laura Vickers on 44 (0)117 954 5946 or email for books in:
Social policy and welfare
Ageing and gerontology
Health and social care
Public policy and administration 
Poverty, inequality and social mobility 

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Emily Watt is currently on maternity leave.

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Contact Stephen Wenham on 44 (0)117 954 5942 or email for books in:
Politics and International Relations