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Open Access Publications
These resources (heavily European) may help you find an open access book publisher.
Open Access Directory
This is is a good place to start. It includes a continually growing list of OA publishers and links to related information.
Directory of Open Access Books
The DOAB aims to increase the discoverability of OA books. Look especially at their ever-growing list of publishers, which are “screened for their peer review procedures and licensing policies.” Clicking on a publisher will take users to a list of its OA books, plus its peer review and licensing info and a link to its website.
Open Access Publishing in European Networks
OAPEN is dedicated to the open accessing publishing of academic books and provides support services to publishers and libraries. Browse the catalog to see titles offered through OAPEN (you can also search the full-text of the books), or view the list of publishers under the “Peer Review” tab.
Finding, Managing, and Storing Data
Tips for Finding Scholarly Publishers
In many areas of academia, especially the humanities and social sciences, a published book (or monograph) is still widely considered the gold standard of scholarly output. It’s very important that faculty find the right publisher – right in terms of subject fit, editing, marketing/publicity, prestige, and other factors.
Some general tips:
- First, be honest regarding your motivation and expectations in wanting/needing to publish. It will determine what to look for in a publisher.
- Look at the publishers of the books YOU read in your field/subject area. Investigate whether authors of chapters, articles, etc. in your field/subject area have published books, and with whom.
- At conferences and other professional meetings, talk to researchers who have had books published, even if their areas are not exactly yours. They can give you invaluable information based on their experiences. Also, visit the publishers’ booths and talk about your book. Don’t miss the opportunity to get advice and direction from these experts; they don’t operate in a vacuum, so even if they’re not the right publisher for you, they can probably suggest others.
- Seek advice/guidance from professional/scholarly organizations.
- Start a conversation in your department – one-on-one, group (maybe an agenda item for a regular department meeting).
- When ready to make contact with a publisher, write a letter to a person (not just sir, madam, editor) asking about possible interest in your project. Do not include a proposal or manuscript with your initial contact.
Resorces for Scholarly Publications
Association of American University Presses
is a natural first-stop for finding an academic publisher.
Subject Area Grid
helps identify which publishers have a strong interest in your research area. It is updated annually.
follow the links to publishers’ sites. Examine their catalogs, and then look for more information about titles in your field (via their blurbs, reviews, WorldCat, a librarian, etc.). Most publishers’ websites will also include information about author services (editorial, marketing, etc.) offered.
lists all sorts of publishers, but click on “Academic” under Publishers by Subject to get to brief descriptions and links to scholarly presses worldwide. There are also listings of providers of various Publishing Services such as editing, proofreading, data management, indexing, rights agency, etc. (Registering will activate links to publishers’ websites.)
International Directory of Little Magazines & Small Presses
may be of interest to creative writers, especially. It lists “almost 4,000 book and magazine publishers of literary, avant garde, cutting-edge contemporary, left wing, right wing and fiction to non-fiction essays, reviews, artwork, music, satire, criticism, commentary, letters, parts of novels, long poems, concrete art, collages, plays” and more.
International Literary Marketplace
Especially the “Type of Publication Index” section: under Scholarly Books heading, find publishers listed by country. Also, free (though limited) online access available by registering here.