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For Authors

The University of Adelaide Press publishes scholarly books in Open Access for the University of Adelaide's staff, affiliates and their research partners.

Submissions go through an external double-blind peer review process. If accepted, the copy-editing process has been described by some of our authors as the best they have experienced. The book is then typeset to the highest of design standards.

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

As well as the Press website, the PDF editions are also available through:


Submission Process

1. Please download a Word version of the submission form, complete it as best you can and submit by email. 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 consider:

  • monographs (30 000-75 000 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 in 188 countries, many of whom would not have otherwise had access to the full-text books.

Paperback editions are printed in Australia for local sales, and increasingly in the future, with Amazon's print-to-order service for sales outside Australia.

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


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

University of Adelaide Press
Barr Smith Library
The University of Adelaide 
South Australia 5005

General Enquiries

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


Further Enquiries

Dr John Emerson - Publisher
Ms Rebecca Burton - Senior Editor
Ms Zoë Stokes - Book Designer
Ms Julia Keller - Editor

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