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Proposal Submission Policy

Oxford University Press (OUP) welcomes submissions of book proposals in the core areas in which we publish.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please follow these guidelines:

Potential authors should include a cover letter, a copy of their CV or résumé, a prospectus/proposal, and sample chapters from the work (if available). If you are approaching multiple publishers simultaneously, please say so in your submission. In general all material should be unbound and double-spaced on single-sided paper. (Please do not include confirmation postcards with your submission. Given the volume of submissions we receive, we do not process these.)

Please send your query to an editor by name and ideally via email ( Please find information about the appropriate editor for scholarly or popular books, online and print reference or college textbooks to whom your submission should be addressed. Please do not send your query to more than one Oxford editor.

We prefer to receive submissions via email, but please do not email your entire manuscript unless asked. If you are submitting in print, your submission should be sent to the following address:

[Editor name]

Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Please note: while we are interested in receiving appropriate proposals sent according to these guidelines, we do not accept and will not return unsolicited manuscripts or original artwork.

We do not respond to queries from potential authors by phone.

Please keep a copy of your submission. We can return your proposal/sample chapters only if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE). As stated above, we will not return unsolicited manuscripts. OUP is not responsible for any lost or misdirected manuscripts, proposals, photos, artwork or other submissions.

Decision time regarding evaluation of proposals can vary from as little as a few weeks to several months. Although we consider every submission that we receive which is sent according to the above guidelines, we cannot respond personally to each submission.

Peer review is an important component of OUP"s evaluation process. Before any book can be accepted for publication by OUP, it is evaluated by our editorial staff and by outside readers and ultimately must be approved by the OUP Editorial Board.

For more information, please refer to our Guidelines for Author Submissions.