Book proposals

  • All Open Access scholarly monograph books must first be accepted through our standard peer review process. This ensures Elgar Open Access books are both of high academic quality and also a good fit with the books we publish in the social sceinces and law. Please see our submission guidelines or contact a commissioning editor to discuss further.


Submission Guidelines


Open Access Publication Fees

Author service

We provide the same high quality manuscript editing and production, including copyediting, typesetting, proof reading, cover design and indexing. We will produce a book in both print and electronic formats with a unique jacket design, using quality materials that you will be proud of. The author and contributors will receive complimentary copies of the print book.

As an author you will not notice a difference in the review process, production or promotion of your work when you choose the Open Access book or journal option. We dedicate the same high level of resource and care to all of our authors’ books and journal articles. We use CC-BY-NC-ND as standard, as it gives maximum control for authors over their work, but are very happy to consider any other CC license required by funders.


Open Access standards

  • DRM free PDF file of the final book manuscript.
  • Immediate availability on a CC-BY-NC-ND Creative Commons.
  • Complies with Open Access policies of the Wellcome Trust, AHRC, European Union and most other funding bodies.

Marketing and promotion

  • Your Open Access book will receive the same level of marketing and promotion enjoyed by all of our books including submission to journals for review, international direct marketing, online promotion and conference exhibitions.


Marketing and Promotion

Wide dissemination

We host the Open Access book or journal file for free download and deposit the web address in the Crossref DOI repository allowing citation linking to the work.

Our Open Access books are made freely available on Elgaronline and we work with libraries to ensure they are included in their catalogues and are discoverable by researchers.

Online discovery is facilitated through inclusion in the Database of Open Access Books (DOAB), Google Books and Google Scholar.

Authors may upload the file to an institutional repository or a discipline-based repository or archive, citing the published version.


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  • As well as dissemination though multiple eBook channels the Open Access book or journal article will be archived with Portico to ensure future preservation and access.