Prospective Authors

Purdue University Press is dedicated to publishing works for both specialized and general readers. We welcome proposals in these core subjects:

• Science and Technology, including aeronautics and astronautics, environmental studies and climate change, agriculture, and public health. We are especially interested in histories and political and policy approaches that discuss cultural impact.
• Veterinary Studies, particularly the Study of the Human-Animal Bond
• Pedagogy, including information literacy and engineering handbooks
• Central European Studies
• Jewish Studies
• Romance Studies (see separate submissions website)
• Regional works about Purdue University and Indiana

What to include in a proposal
Proposals should be emailed to Justin Race, Director, (racej [at] purdue [dot] edu), and should include a prospectus, CV/Resume, detailed table of contents, and sample chapter.

Prospectus:

  1. A description of the book, describing the core themes, arguments, issues, goals, and topics of the work, what makes it unique, what questions it seeks to answer, and why you are qualified to write it.
  2. A description of your target audience (students, scholars, practitioners, the general public, etc.).
  3. An analysis of competing or similar books (including publishers and dates), indicating distinctive and original elements of your project that set it apart from these other works.
  4. A list of courses in which your book might be used as a text or supplementary text, indicating the course level at which this book could be used.
  5. An indication of whether any part of your manuscript has been published previously, and if it is a doctoral dissertation, what changes you are proposing to prepare it for publication.
  6. The length of the manuscript as a word count. Will there be figures, tables, or images, and if so, approximately how many?
  7. If the manuscript is not complete, an estimate of when it will be finished.
  8. The names of four to seven respected scholars in your field with whom you have no personal relationship who would be qualified to review your book. Include their titles, affiliations, and email addresses.
  9. An indication of whether the manuscript is under consideration by other publishers.

If this is an edited collection, please include abstracts for each chapter and qualifications for each contributor.

Response time
You can expect a response within 3-5 weeks. If invited to proceed, all manuscripts are peer reviewed by external readers who are recognized authorities in the subject matter of the manuscript. After review, each project is presented to the Press’s Editorial Board. Final publication is contingent on Editorial Board approval. We look forward to receiving your materials.