UCL IOE Press and its imprint, Trentham Books, are currently commissioning books in all areas of education and the social sciences.

On this page, both current and prospective authors can find information on all aspects of publishing your book with UCL IOE Press, from submitting your book proposal right through to marketing the finished product.

Why publish with us?

  • All UCL IOE Press titles are peer-reviewed by leaders in their academic field, and then edited, designed, and produced to the highest standards.
  • UCL IOE Press is part of the UCL Institute of Education, which is the UK’s leading centre for studies in education and related disciplines.
  • Because we are a small, niche publisher, we offer a bespoke service. You will receive personal attention throughout the editorial and production process, and your book will be marketed on an individual basis, by date and by subject list.
  • Our average production turnaround time is often significantly faster than that of many larger academic presses.

How do I submit a proposal?

If you would like to publish your book with UCL IOE Press, in the first instance you may like to contact one of the commissioning editors for an informal discussion. Please contact Nicky Platt to publish under the UCL IOE Press imprint, or Gillian Klein to publish under the Trentham Books imprint.

If you decide you would like to submit your proposal to us, please download the Book proposal guidelines, fill it in as thoroughly as possible, and then email it to the relevant commissioning editor. The editor will then get in touch with you in due course to discuss the proposal thoroughly.

What happens after I submit my proposal?

If, after initial examination, the editor is interested in publishing your book, your book proposal and any sample material will be sent to anonymous peer reviewers, who will advise on the suitability of the work for publication and suggest improvements if necessary.

If your proposal reviews favourably, it will then be presented to the UCL IOE Press editorial board. The editorial board will accept the proposal, suggest further amendments before accepting it, or reject the proposal.

My proposal was accepted. What happens next?

If your proposal is accepted, you will be offered a publishing contract. Once this has been signed, you can then agree on a manuscript delivery date with your commissioning editor, who will be there to support you throughout the process.

When preparing and submitting your manuscript, please be sure to refer to the Editorial Style Sheet. This offers grammar, spelling, referencing, and document formatting guidelines.

The production process

When you have submitted the final manuscript of your book, your commissioning editor will hand it over to the production team, who will begin the process of turning your manuscript into a finished book.

For a detailed explanation, please download the Production Process document.

Marketing your book

The process of marketing your book begins as soon as you sign your contract. At this stage, you will be asked to fill in this Author Marketing Questionnaire. This will allow our marketing team to start planning the marketing campaign for your book at an early stage.

The marketing process

  • When you hand your manuscript over to production, information about your book will be made available to retail outlets, including online retailers such as Amazon. Customers will be able to pre-order your book through our website.
  • You will be asked to help us pinpoint important people in your field who may be willing to read your book before it is published and write a short endorsement of the book. The endorsements will be published online and on the back cover of your book.
  • You will also be asked to help us pinpoint important conferences and events across the world where your book can be promoted.
  • We will promote your book at national and international conferences, such as the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conferences.
  • Flyers about your book will be sent to our mailing list, which includes librarians, lecturers, bookshops, and international distributors. Inspection copies can be made available to lecturers who may be interested in adopting the text.
  • Your book will be offered as a review copy to journalists and relevant journal editors.

What else can I do to promote my book?

The best thing you can do is to take every chance you have to display or distribute flyers for your book. To download a .pdf flyer of your book, please visit your book’s webpage on this site and click the ‘Download a flyer’ button. If you require some printed flyers of your book, please contact our Marketing Executive, Sally Sigmund, to arrange this.

We also recommend that you place a link to your book’s webpage in your email signature line and retweet anything we say about your book on Twitter (@IOE_Press).