Your publishing journey

Begin your publishing journey…

1. Write your proposal

Your proposal outlines what your book is about, who it is for, why you are the person to write or edit a volume on this topic, and provides other basic information that allows us to assess your project.  

We do not consider proposals that are currently under review by other publishers.   

2. Find your editor

Send your completed proposal form to the relevant subject editor. If you aren’t sure which editor is the best fit for your work, email us, and a member of our team will forward your proposal to the appropriate person. 

You should normally hear within 4 weeks of submitting your proposal whether we plan to take the project forward. 

Caroline Palmer

Editorial Director

Medieval Studies, Landscape and Rural History

Elizabeth McDonald

Commissioning Editor

Renaissance Literature, 18th-Century Studies, Durham IMEMS Press

Michael Middeke

Editorial Director

Music, Early Modern and Modern History

Megan Milan

Commissioning Editor

African Studies, Hispanic & Lusophone Studies

Peter Sowden

Commissioning Editor

Maritime History, Irish History and the Worlds of the East India Company series

Jim Walker

Editorial Director

German Studies, Modern Literature, Camden House

Sonia Kane

Editorial Director

University of Rochester Press

What happens next?

Peer review process

If a proposal looks suitable, it will go forward into the peer review process. We will contact you to request at least two sample chapters and a detailed table of contents to be used as the basis for this review. (Submissions to University of Rochester Press require a completed manuscript for peer review.)

We work hard to provide feedback quickly, but the timeframe depends on how soon the external academic reviewers complete their assessment of your proposal. Your editor will keep you updated on the progress of the peer review process.  

Contract offer

If your proposal is accepted for publication, we will offer you contractual terms and require you to sign a book contract. All publishers use contracts as a way of formalising respective author/editor and publisher roles and responsibilities. Your editor will be able to talk through the details of the terms of your offer and answer any questions you have about the contract. At this stage, you will need to agree to a schedule for delivering a final draft manuscript, with an agreed maximum word count.  

Working with your editor

We pride ourselves on the attention we devote to your books and on working with you through the initial selection, the publishing process and post publication. We strive to provide clear and supportive communication from the earliest contact onwards. In particular, we recognise the unique pressures of academic life and will work as closely and as practically as we can to fit in with your own schedules. 

Our peer review policy

All Boydell & Brewer imprint research titles, and those published by our partner The University of Rochester Press, undergo peer review.  

Manuscripts (or representative materials such as proposals and sample chapters) are initially reviewed by academic experts to assess their quality and suitability for contractual agreement. Revised draft manuscripts are then evaluated again by at least one academic expert to assess readiness for publication. As authors and editors, you will be required to carry out reasonable revisions in response to the reports before final acceptance of the manuscript for publication. Should manuscripts require further or substantive revision, a final, confirming peer review also may be required.  

In addition to the above peer review process, many titles are published in series and may undergo additional academic review from series editors and members of series editorial boards. 

Compliance with research-funder and institutional requirements

We have extensive experience publishing research from around the world and understand the many funder and institutional requirements that might be associated with publishing your research.  

We are fully compliant with all the major and commonly required mandates and regularly review our policies to ensure continuing alignment. If there are specific requirements associated with your research, please indicate them on the relevant section in the proposal form. 

More information on our Rights policy can be found here