Submission and Manuscript Guidelines

Indiana University Press welcomes submissions in our fields of publication. For the name of the sponsoring editor appropriate for your project, please see the IU Press Staff list. We realize that many projects are multidisciplinary, and it may not be apparent which editor should receive your submission. Nevertheless, please submit your proposal to one editor only. We will be certain to forward projects to the appropriate editor. All submissions should be sent digitally via email following the proposal guidelines below. The Press does not return unsolicited submissions.

What to Include

Please send a book prospectus rather than a full-length manuscript. This will allow us to quickly assess our interest in your work. If we decide to pursue consideration of your project, we will either send the prospectus out for external review or request the full manuscript. To prevent delays in the evaluation of your project, we ask that your prospectus include the following:

  • a three- to six-page description of the project, including its purpose, potential audience, scope, contribution to scholarship, and relations to existing literature

  • a table of contents that provides paragraph-length descriptions of each chapter

  • one or two sample chapters, preferably including an introductory chapter that describes the work as a whole

  • the estimated length and date of completion, number and type of illustrations, if any, as well as any special requirements called for in the preparation and production of your book

  • your curriculum vitae or resume

  • suggestions for appropriate reviewers (These cannot be individuals who served on your dissertation committee or members of the institution where you are currently employed. Please do not contact suggested readers yourself to ask if they would be willing to read your manuscript.)

When we are considering full-length manuscripts, we typically request exclusive consideration given the time and resources required to provide a comprehensive review. Please let us know if your manuscript is being considered simultaneously by another press. We also ask you to enclose a cover letter with your manuscript that includes the basic information requested above for a prospectus. Finally, please indicate plans you may have for revising the manuscript; this is especially true for dissertations, which are rarely publishable without substantial revisions.

The Review Process

If a sponsoring editor decides that your project holds promise for our list, he or she will seek, at a minimum, two outside reviews for scholarly projects and one for trade books. To allow for careful consideration of a project, we give our readers six to eight weeks, on average, to complete their evaluation. The review process typically takes three to four months, depending on, among other things, the nature of the project and the availability of reviewers.

When reviews are received, the sponsoring editor may ask for the author's response. If the editor determines that the project is a strong candidate for publication by Indiana University Press, he or she will prepare a contract proposal for review and approval by the Press's Editorial Committee. The Editorial Committee meets twice each month. You will be notified shortly after the meeting regarding the committee's decision. We make every effort to ensure that editorial decisions are made in a timely manner.

Thank you for taking the time to follow our submission and review procedures. Should you require more information, please feel free to contact any one of our sponsoring editors.

Final Manuscript Preparation

Once your book is approved for publication, please consult the following documents when preparing your manuscript. If you have any questions, please contact your sponsoring editor.

Manuscript Preparation Guide
Author Final Submission Checklist
Cover Idea Submissions
IU Press Art Guidelines
Rights and Permissions Guide
Music Example Preparation Guide
Permissions Log
AAUP Graphic Guidelines