Notes of Guidance for Authors
Please read these carefully before you submit a proposal. If you follow the Notes of Guidance, that will increase the likelihood that your proposal will be accepted, and it will make the publishing process quicker and more efficient. Please note that we make no charge to publish.
1. Topic scope - Ethics International Press takes a deliberately broad approach to the field. We will consider proposals in all fields relating to Ethics, including but not limited to:
- Religion and spirituality
- Law and justice
- Business/responsible business including issues relating to the UN Global Compact
- Environment, sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Medical ethics
- Politics and the public sector
- Artificial Intelligence and Technology
- Security and surveillance
If you submit a proposal which we consider to be out of scope, we will aim to give constructive feedback in any case, and if possible, recommend an alternative publisher.
2. Type of book - Ethics International Press is not a journals publisher – we only publish books. Books should be scholarly/academic, primarily for use in a University teaching, research and study context. We do not supply to popular bookshops, so do not consider ourselves as a publisher for ‘the general public’. Our books are normally published as hardback or academic ebook, at prices for academic libraries. We do not publish:
- Memoir (we can consider a properly constructed auto-ethnography)
- Work which promotes a specific political or religious ideology
3. English language - Ethics International Press is an English language publisher. Words, phrases or Appendices in languages other than English are acceptable. We would not normally accept large sections of main text in another language, unless accompanied by a translation. If you are not able to produce a high standard of written English, you should consider engaging a copy editor, language editor, or co-author. We can recommend if required.
We do not have a standard for the various ‘Englishes’ (American English, Indian English etc). We encourage authors to use and keep their own ‘voice’. Please be consistent with spelling conventions (for example, don’t mix ‘organize’ and ‘organise’, unless using direct quotations. Pick one and stick to it). Please see Proof Reading and Copy Editing, below.
- Title - a reader should be able to get a clear picture of what the book is about, just by reading the title. This will enable your book to be properly classified, and to be able to be found in searches. Please only use English words in your title. Please avoid ‘imaginative’ or cryptic titles. If your book is about Environmental Ethics, call it ‘Environmental Ethics’. If your book draws from case examples in California, call it ‘Environmental Ethics: Californian Examples’.
- Proof Reading and Copy Editing - your work will be proof read but will not be extensively copy edited. This does not cover extensive language editing/rewriting. If you need this, you should consider engaging a copy editor, language editor, or co-author. We can recommend if required.
- Discoverability - if a proposed title is unsuitable, we will suggest a more suitable one.
4. Rights and Permissions - we cannot source rights and permissions on your behalf. We are happy to consider translations from other languages, but you must secure the rights from the original publisher(s). Any chapters, figures, tables, photographs, etc, which require permission, must have that permission granted before we can proceed with publication. We will normally ask for evidence with a proposal. We cannot meet rights and permission fees on your behalf.
5. Referencing - we do not specify a reference style, though the Harvard (name, date) style is most common in academic work. Whichever style you use, please be consistent. Any reference cited in the text must appear in the reference list. Items for further reading not directly referenced in the text should be noted as ‘Further Reading’ or similar. Please do not ‘under-reference’. Direct quotations, particularly lengthy passages, must have a source quoted. If they do not, they will likely be picked up by plagiarism checks, which is not a good outcome.
6. Acceptance, revision or rejection - Ethics International Press aim to be inclusive and encouraging. We will, where possible, lean towards acceptance rather than rejection.
If your proposal is accepted, you will be sent a contract to sign and return, and you can proceed with your book. You will have periodic communication from one of our editorial team. If your circumstances change (change of address, contact email, significant delay to completion etc) you should let us know.
If you are asked to revise, please follow the guidelines given. You may be accepted pending a minor revision (such as a change to the title); asked to make some changes and resubmit; or be told that the proposal is not acceptable in its current form, but that a revision may be possible. In these cases, always request clarification if you are unsure. Please do not ignore revision instructions. If you do not agree with anything, let us know.
Your proposal may be rejected due to a number of issues. If we believe your book is beyond our scope, and may do better with another publisher, we will make a suggestion if we can.
7. Next steps - following these Notes of Guidance will make publishing with Ethics International Press quicker, more efficient, and more pleasurable. You can now go on to complete your proposal form.
Proposals normally take four to six weeks to review. If you have not heard within six weeks, please feel free to send a reminder note.
We conduct all correspondence using email, so we have a clear record of communications between us.
- Please make sure you accompany your completed Proposal Form with a recent CV with publications (selected or in full) and a sample chapter of your book.