Series Proposal Guidelines

Edinburgh University Press is pleased to evaluate proposals for series which are suited to the lists that we are actively developing. Please email your proposal to the relevant commissioning editor as a Word document.

We ask for sole consideration of the series while it is under review.

Preparation of Series Proposal

Save your series proposal as a Word document and include the following information. This will help us to review your proposal and reply to you promptly.


  • A good title is vital for attracting book proposals to your series
  • The title should be short, clear and communicate what your series is about
  • Include keywords in your title and subtitle to help readers to discover your series – think about the words people might use in search engines like Google

Series Editor

  • The names and affiliations of all series editors


  • Summarise your series in 10–15 words
  • Don't repeat the title


  • One paragraph – around 150 words – describing the main purpose of your series and how it will benefit the reader
  • This could be used as the basis for your series description in catalogues, on flyers and on our website
  • Use plain English and avoid clichés and overused words (e.g. accessible, comprehensive, path-breaking, original and ground-breaking)


  • A list of 6 keywords that cover the central ideas of your series
  • Try to find a balance: not too general but not too specific
  • Think about what people might type into a search engine if they wanted to find a series like yours
  • You can include the keywords from your title

Some sample keyword lists are:

  • Virginia Woolf; women’s history; 20th-century politics; social class; gender
  • Scottish Enlightenment; David Hume; Commercial Society; Adam Smith; Adam Ferguson

Key Features and Benefits

  • 3–5 bullets highlighting the distinctive qualities and benefits of your series


  • What makes this series special, original, important and marketable?


  • Please provide a summary of the series:
  • Aims
  • Scope
  • Argument
  • Approach


  • List the possible titles and authors of the first books planned for the series.

Number of books

  • How many books are projected to be in the series?

Category of books in the series


  • Designed as the main course text on a recognised course taught at a range of institutions
  • Aimed at students with little or no prior knowledge of the subject
  • Introduces or synthesises (and may also intervene in) the subject

Scholarly monograph

  • Written for academics and researchers in the field
  • Based on original scholarly research that makes a notable contribution to the subject

Reference work

  • Written for students and researchers at all levels
  • A dictionary, companion or encyclopaedia
  • Collects together, summarises, defines or significantly adds to scholarship on a focused area of study

Market and Readership

  • What markets will your series reach (within and outside the UK)?
  • Who is the primary readership?
  • Which subject area/s will books in your series appeal to?
  • Which courses could books in your series be used on?


List any series that are competing or comparable:

  • Existing or forthcoming
  • Series title
  • Series editors
  • Publisher
  • Books in the series: number of volumes, volume titles, author/editor names, publication date and price
  • Tell us what distinguishes your series from the competition

Word count

  • Estimate the length of books in the series
  • Include any preface, acknowledgements, notes, bibliography and appendices
  • Do not include the index


  • Indicate when you confidently expect the completed, final manuscripts of the first books in the series to be delivered

Editorial planning

  • How will books be commissioned and assessed?
  • Is an Editorial Advisory Board planned?
  • How many members will the board have?
  • Who will be invited to be a board member?

Peer Review

  • List 8 specialist readers – ideally 4 in the UK and 4 in the US – who would be appropriate to approach for an academic opinion about your proposal
  • Include names, addresses and email addresses
  • Do not include colleagues from your institution


A short CV that includes:

  • Your relevant publications to date
  • Your research track record
  • Your full postal address
  • Contact telephone numbers
  • Your email address

Submit your series proposal

Email your proposal as a Word document, to the relevant commissioning editor.

We ask for sole consideration of the project while it is under review.

We look forward to receiving your series proposal, and good luck.

What happens next?

Any questions?

If you have any questions about your series proposal, contact the commissioning editor for your subject area and we'll be happy to help.