The book publishing process consists of the following steps to ensure a credible, transparent and efficient handling of book proposals and accepted manuscripts. Click here for information about journal publishing.
If you wish to submit a book proposal, please complete the Stockholm University Press Book Proposal submission form online. You will need to register a user name and choose a password in order to submit your proposal. If you would like to edit the proposal offline, you need to download the form (Word file) and save it on a safe drive until you are happy with the result.
Once submitted through the online form, The Stockholm University Press publishing office will direct the proposal to the relevant Editorial Board to assess whether the proposal fits within the scope of the Board. If so, the Press staff sends the proposal for external review.
Once the proposal is accepted for publication the author can submit the full length manuscript through the online form. The same personal account should be used to submit the proposal and the full manuscript. We have provided some guidelines that should prove useful when finalising the formatting and presentation of your text and images.
Please use these as a basis for your copyediting.
To ensure that the books and journals published by Stockholm University Press follows best practices for academic works, we require all authors to state in their proposals and when submitting manuscripts that the data has been collected according to the ethical research code in each respective country.
For Swedish authors, we recommend to use the Codex of the Swedish Research Council specific for humanities and social sciences, in Swedish and in English. Guidelines for any research with human subjects in Swedish and in English. There are also guidelines for research within natural sciences and technology in Swedish and in English. Researchers collecting data and conducting research in other countries should follow guidelines relevant to their context.
The manuscript then undergoes a peer review process with two independent, expert, external reviewers. You can read more about our peer review policies here.
If the reviewers and the Editorial Board recommend to accept the manuscript, the author may be required to make revisions based on their recommendations.
The final revised version of the manuscript and the recommendation(s) from the Editorial Board (and reviewer comments) is then assessed by the Stockholm University Press Publishing Committee at which point a final decision to accept the book for publication is made.
The reviewer comments and the author’s response to the reviews form the basis for a recommendation to accept or reject the proposal. The decision to accept or reject the proposal is made by the Stockholm University Press Publishing Committee.
When a proposal is accepted, a publishing contract is signed between the author and Stockholm University Press.
After the author submits the print ready files to the publisher it will take approximately 12 weeks to publish the book. The book undergoes formatting checks and layout and design procedures.
Language editing or indexing work after the final acceptance date but before finalizing the print ready files, can be done upon request for an additional fee.
Online readable, downloadable, and print on demand versions are produced. The book is made available with an open access license online and in print via bookstores, and is marketed by Stockholm University Press.
Our books are distributed internationally via a 'Print on Demand' service. We keep the retail price of the print books as low as possible for the buyer.
Our books are available in high quality colour, we provide a standard paper quality and variable formatting and printing options. For example, paperback, hardback, matte or gloss cover finish, black & white or colour prints, as well as a choice of three page sizes 140 × 216 mm, 216 x 216 mm and 156 × 234 mm. The author will have the option to choose one of these three sizes when submitting a book proposal, and can alter the information before the agreement is signed.
The Book Processing Charge (BPC) for publishing services for a book of 70,000 words and 20 images (roughly 200 pages) starts from approximately £3250 (+VAT). Quotes are constructed based on the services required for the individual book.
The cost quoted includes all production, distribution and marketing. Prices are kept as low as possible and will be calculated based on the specific contents and format of the book being proposed.
Information about potential funders for open access book publications can be found on our open access funds page. Please also get in touch with us regarding such funds and we might be able to offer assistance or advice.