Notes of Guidance: Submitting a Proposal
Once completed, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a recent CV, and a sample chapter.
Please read this note of guidance carefully before you submit a proposal. Please note that we make no charge to publish.
1. Topic scope - Ethics International Press takes a deliberately broad approach to the field. We consider proposals in all fields relating to Ethics, including, but not limited to:
- Business Ethics, including Business and Management, Governance, and Economics and Finance
- Philosophical issues, including Religion and Faith, Decision Making, and Morality
- Ethics in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, including History, Society and Culture, Politics, Community, Sports and Leisure, and Literature
- Current issues and challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Climate Change, Energy, Food and Farming, Poverty, and Technology/AI
- Applied fields, such as Bioethics, Education, the Built Environment, Data Ethics, Legal Ethics, and Medical Ethics
- Psychology and Psychiatry, Counselling, and Childhood Studies
- Diversity issues, including Gender and Sexuality, Race, and Equality Diversity and Inclusion
2. Type of book - Books should be scholarly/academic, primarily for use in a university teaching, research and study context. We do not supply to popular bookshops, so do not consider ourselves as a publisher for ‘the general public’. Our books are normally published as hardback or academic ebooks, at prices for academic libraries.
Ethics International Press is not a journal publisher – we only publish books.
We welcome proposals for monographs (authored books, including PhD adaptations) and edited collections (including selections from conferences).
Please note that we are not able to supply complimentary (free) copies of books to contributing chapter authors. We do not supply eBook copies to editors or chapter authors. We do not supply finished chapter PDFs to editors or chapter authors. Chapter authors are normally offered the same discount (50%) as editors and book authors, on the finished title.
3. English language - Ethics International Press is an English language publisher. Words, phrases or appendices in languages other than English are acceptable. We donot normally accept large sections of main text in another language, unless accompanied by a translation.
If you are not able to produce a high standard of written English, you should consider engaging a copy editor, language editor, or co-author.
- Title - a reader should be able to get a clear picture of what the book is about, just by reading the title. This will enable your book to be properly classified, and to be found in searches. Please only use English words in your title. Please avoid ‘imaginative’ or cryptic titles.
- Proof reading and copy editing - your work will be proofread but will not be extensively copy edited. This does not cover extensive language editing/rewriting. If you think you will need this, you should consider engaging a copy editor, language editor, or co-author before submitting the proposal (or mention that this will be done in your proposal).
4. Rights and permissions - we cannot source rights and permissions on your behalfor meet rights and permission fees on your behalf. We are happy to consider translations from other languages, but you must secure the rights from the original publisher(s). Any chapters, figures, tables, photographs etc, which require permission, must have that permission granted before we can proceed with publication. We will normally ask for evidence with a proposal.
5. Acceptance, revision or rejection - Ethics International Press aims to be inclusive and encouraging. We will, where possible, lean towards acceptance rather than rejection. We aim to have review comments back within 30 days. You should list two or three of your own suggested reviewers.
If your proposal is accepted, you will be sent a contract to sign and return, and you can proceed with your book. You will have periodic communication from one of our editorial team. If your circumstances change (change of address, contact email, significant delay to completion etc) you should let us know.
If you are asked to revise, please follow the guidelines given. You may be accepted pending a minor revision (such as a change to the title); asked to make some changes and resubmit; or be told that the proposal is not acceptable in its current form, but that a revision may be possible. In these cases, always request clarification if you are unsure. Please do not ignore revision instructions. If you do not agree with anything, let us know.
Your proposal may be rejected due to a number of issues. If we believe your book is beyond our scope, and may do better with another publisher, we will make a recommendation if we can.
7. Next steps - following these notes of guidance will help us assess your proposal quickly and efficiently. You can now go on to complete your proposal form.
Proposals normally take four to six weeks to review. If you have not heard from us within six weeks, please feel free to send a reminder note.
We conduct all correspondence using email, to maintain a clear record of communications between us.
Please make sure you accompany your completed proposal form with a recent CV with publications (selected or in full) and a sample chapter of your book.