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Submitting Proposals

The University of Adelaide Press welcomes proposals from academic authors and editors who wish to publish their work in a high-quality Open Access option. Books are made available in a free PDF version accessible to readers globally.

The Press has modest funds to publish books by authors based at the University of Adelaide that pass peer review and ERA requirements.  Edited volumes with at least one Adelaide-based editor can also be considered for funding.

The Press is considering ways to fund the publication of books from academics external to Adelaide. So far, due to our policy of edited volumes with at least one Adelaide editor, we have published 250 authors and chapter contributors from 87 universities.

All disciplines are equally welcome.

For Australian-based academics, the Press is recognised as a commercial press by ERA.

The PDF editions are also promoted by or accessible through:

 

Author Feedback

'I am very impressed with the Press.  I enjoyed the review and editorial processes and thought they were both rigorous and fair, as one would expect with the best university presses.  So, yes, I would certainly publish again with you and would recommend the Press to other colleagues (and, in fact, have).'

Professor Paul Babie, Adelaide Law School, Associate Dean (Research) Professions


'One of the main reasons I chose Uni of Adelaide Press was due to the policy of free downloads.  Basically I have always believed that so-called intellectual output is public property.  This is not a timely or popular view but it certainly drew me to the Press. [...] I was thrilled with the final look.'

Professor Emeritus Carol Bacchi, Politics

Submission Process

1. Please download a Word version of the submission form, complete it as best you can and submit it either by email or internal mail. You do not need to have a complete manuscript, but we need at least the introduction and a sample chapter to be able to make a decision on publication. Please also have a look at our Author Guide if you are planning to submit a proposal.

2. The submission is discussed with the appropriate Advisory Committee members. View the Advisory Committee members list.

3. If considered of interest, the Press will request the author/s to submit five potential external referees. We may choose referees from this list or find them ourselves. Peer reviewers are anonymous. The material will then be sent out for peer review and the decision to publish is based on the recommendations in these reports.

4. If accepted for publication, a publishing contract is drawn up and a schedule agreed upon for receipt of the complete manuscript. Once a title is accepted for publication by the Press, it will then begin the process of editing and design.

 

Peer Review Process

Submissions considered of interest will be accepted conditional to successfully passing at least two anonymous peer reviews. Book proposals can be accepted subject to the subsequent review of the manuscript.

If the book is only in proposal stage, two reviewers will also review the manuscript at completion.

Our peer reviewers are chosen from among international and national experts in your field.  If two peer reviewers recommend that a manuscript be published then we will publish it.

 

Types of Books

We are keen to publish:

  • monographs (30 000-100 000 words) by one or more authors
  • edited collections.  There is a maximum limit of 20 chapters to keep the book manageable 
  • collections of refereed conference papers (maximum 75 000 words).

Titles are published in simultaneous print and electronic editions.

The electronic editions are free.  As a result, the University of Adelaide Press has readers as far away as Albania and China, who would not have otherwise had access to the full-text books.

The paperback edition is produced at Griffin Press, Australia's leading printer.

Our books are available directly from the website in both editions, and the print editions are also sold to any booksellers who request them.

 

Copyright and Creative Commons Licences

All books are published under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Commonwealth). From 2013, the University of Adelaide Press have been using Creative Commons (CC) Licences on new titles and on existing titles where possible. These licences sit under the standard copyright but allow additional uses of a work before permission is needed from the publisher.

Authors choose their preferred CC licence; this will be marked on the copyright page and accompanied by a link and a QR code leading to the licence conditions.

For more information on CC Licences, please go to http://creativecommons.org.au/learn-more/licences.

 

The Barr Smith Press

The Barr Smith Press is an imprint of the University of Adelaide Press reserved for works about the University or its alumni (e.g. histories and biographies).

Some of these works require sponsorship to cover the costs of publication, or a commitment to a bulk purchase from the first print run.

 
University of Adelaide Press
Mailing Address

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Barr Smith Library
The University of Adelaide 
South Australia 5005

General Enquiries

Phone: +61 8 8313 1721
Fax: +61 8 8313 4369
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Further Enquiries

Dr John Emerson
Director

Ms Rebecca Burton
Senior Editor

 

Ms Zoë Stokes
Book Designer

Ms Julia Keller
Editor

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