Journals Higher Education

Submitting a Proposal

Please note that Oxford University Press is obliged to ensure all books are ratified by the University before publication. We do not, as a rule, publish works of fiction, unless they form part of an educational course or examination.

All proposals should be submitted to the Editor or editorial department responsible for the subject area and market that your book is aimed at. At present, OUP is not accepting sheet music submissions. View a list of contact names.

Depending on the type of book you wish to write, you may expect to submit a proposal containing some or all of the following items:

Synopsis - setting out the purpose and approach of the proposed book.

Outline of contents - a list of chapters including the main subheadings of each, with an estimate of the number of words or printed pages in each chapter. For books written by a team or edited volumes, this should include the name and affiliation of the suggested author(s) for each chapter, and a note of whether they have agreed to contribute.

Draft preface - this should be about 500 words long and summarize your aims, scope, general approach, and intended audience.

A covering letter or note - setting out details of: the author's suitability and motivation for pursuing the project; the proposed readership; the ways in which the proposed book fits in with and/or improves upon the existing books and information resources on the market; the manner in which the writing would be approached; any special points of style, structure or presentation; the proposed writing timetable and completion date; any plans for keeping the book up to date after publication; in the case of a book to be written by a team, an indication of the way in which the writing process will be managed to ensure a consistent and coherent outcome in terms of the finished book.

A curriculum vitae - including details of any relevant experience and a list of any previous publications (books and/or articles); in the case of a writing team, similar details for each contributor.

Other supporting materials - this is not always essential, but if there are other materials that can be put forward to illustrate the proposed approach or demonstrate the author's previous writing experience, they can be helpful (e.g. draft chapters of the proposed book; list of competing titles, articles written by the author on the same or a similar topic, storyboards or demonstrators).

Further information on specific disciplines, series, and titles is available here.

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