Policy Press

Publishing with Purpose

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Information for authors

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Why publish with us?
Impact and case studies 
Information about publishing your journal with us

Exceptional author care lies at the very heart of what we do – authors choose us time and again because they know that we care about what they care about. 

A brief outline of our imprints

Bristol University Press publishes in the broader social sciences with an international focus, while Policy Press is dedicated to publishing in the core social science disciplines addressing social policy and practice. Find out more on our About us page and browse our subject areas.

Across both imprints we celebrate interdisciplinarity and are open to new ideas and approaches, emerging areas of research and work that extends traditional scholarly boundaries.

Submitting your proposal

We welcome proposals for books, series or journals, from both experienced and first-time authors.

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).

Proposal guidelines to download

Proposal guidelines for new books (Word)
Proposal form and guidelines for Shorts (Word)
Proposal guidelines for a new series (Word)
Proposal guidelines for a new journal (Word)

If you would like to discuss your proposal before sending it to us, please contact the editor for your subject area. Find their details on our subject pages.

Format types

The book you are planning to write should fit into one of the following broad categories: Research Monographs, Multi-author or edited works, Learning Resources, Policy and Practice, Trade books for the general reader or Shorts.

There is more detail on each format here.

Please note that we do not publish conference proceedings, autobiographies or fiction.

The life of a book

Find out more about each stage of the publishing process at Bristol University Press and Policy Press in this interactive infographic.

The writing process

Once your title has been contracted, we will send you a copy of our Editorial and Production guidelines. This is a detailed guide to the publishing process with information on sending in your completed typescript, including reference style, preparing images, copyright issues and sensitive language.

You can also download a copy of our Indexing guidelines here (Word).

When you submit your final typescript to us, we ask you to complete the Typescript submission checklist (Word).


Our growing list of books are available as e-books in a range of formats, including EPUB, EPDF and MOBI. Please note that although we aim to ensure that eBooks are available at the same time as the printed book, on some occasions there may be a delay.

You can order our eBooks from a range of online retailers and library suppliers, including: JSTOR, EBSCO, ProQuest, Dawsonera, Kortext and VitalSource.

Individual eBooks are also available from retailers including: Amazon Kindle, Google Play, Kobo, eBooks.com.

You can also buy EPUB files directly on our website. If you buy an EPUB on our website, you will need to read it using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) reader software as our eBooks are DRM protected. To download ADE on your computer, go here, download either the Windows or Macintosh version, depending on your system, and run the installer. Please note: you will need an Adobe ID to use this software; if you do not have an existing ID, you can sign up for free here.

Offering access to hundreds of high-quality monographs, Policy Press Scholarship Online is our digital book platform in partnership with Oxford University Press. Find out more about how to subscribe or sign up for a free trial. 

University Press Scholarship Online

If your book is an academic monograph and is selected to appear in Policy Press Scholarship Online (PPSO), we will need you to provide abstracts and keywords. We will contact you with more details.

Find out more about University Press Scholarship Online here.

Marketing author toolkit

For more information about how we can work together to market your book, please see our Author Toolkit (PDF). This contains information about all aspects of marketing, including conferences, social media and guidance on discoverability and SEO.

There is more information about increasing a book's impact on the following pages: Impact: how we make it happen, and Impact: what you can do as an author.

Interested in writing for our journals?

Please see our journals information for authors and browse our journals here.