Publishing with a Purpose
Information for authors
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.
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Please note that we do not publish conference proceedings, autobiographies or fiction.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 (Word). 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).
As well as the print version, your book will also be available as an e-book through some or all of our partners including MyiLibrary, NetLibrary, ebrary, DawsonEra and Amazon.
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.