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The Oregon State University Press publishes mainly scholarly books and books of particular importance to the Pacific Northwest, especially those dealing with the history, natural history, cultures, and literature of the region or with environmental history and natural resource issues. Please browse our catalog for examples of our recent titles.

Oregon State University Press Proposal Guidelines

To help us evaluate your project, we need to know more about you and your book. To propose a book project to us, please draft a book prospectus that provides all the information below. Please send no bound, stapled, or spiral-bound materials. Please do not send the entire manuscript unless requested.

  1. Title of manuscript
  2. Your name, title, and affiliation; please include complete contact information, including e-mail if available. Include brief bios for contributors of an edited volume.
  3. Briefly describe the content and purpose of your book, including your qualifications as author or editor. If it is an edited volume, explain your selection criteria.
  4. Describe your intended audience. Describe likely buyers of the book.
  5. List the significant books in print on this topic, and explain how and why your book is different. What is its most distinguishing characteristic? What is its unique contribution to the field?
  6. Does this book have any potential for course adoption, or sales by a book club?
  7. Provide manuscript specifics, such as your manuscript’s length (including total word count), and an estimated delivery date.
  8. Describe any illustrative and/or graphic materials, and any other material to complement the text, e.g., podcasts, videos, etc.  and any digital ancillary materials.
  9. How long do you think your book should remain in print? How often would revisions/updates be required?
  10. Include a table of contents and chapter by chapter description.
  11. If available, please provide sample chapters, preferably the introduction and one or two substantive chapters. Please do NOT send the entire manuscript unless it is requested.
  12. Is this a dissertation? If revised, what is the nature of the revisions?
  13. Include an up-to-date cv or résumé.
  14. Have you submitted this to other presses? If so, to whom did you submit it?
  15. Please suggest 2–3 possible reviewers for your manuscript, including contact information, affiliation, etc.
  16. List any possible sources of outside funding to publish your book.

Send prospectus to:

Mary Elizabeth Braun, Acquisitions Editor
Oregon State University Press
121 The Valley Library, Room 3733
Corvallis, Oregon 97331–4501
mary.braun@oregonstate.edu
Voice mail: 541–737–3873
Fax: 541–737–3170

We make every effort to respond to inquiries promptly; please expect an average response time of 10–12 weeks. All manuscript materials submitted for review will be recycled, unless you provide return postage. Thank you for considering OSU Press as a possible publisher.

Our Decision-Making Process

If we review a manuscript or proposal and think it has solid potential as an OSU Press book, we will send it to two outside readers for review. These are usually individuals who are published authors themselves, who are knowledgeable about the subject matter of the manuscript, and who are experienced in evaluating a project’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as its sales potential. This helps Press staff ensure the integrity of each title we publish. These outside reviewers usually require 5–6 weeks to complete their review.

Each manuscript we consider seriously for publication must go through peer review and be approved by the Press Editorial Board, before it is published. We publish intelligent and well-written books that have strong sales potential to an audience within and beyond the academy, throughout and beyond the Pacific Northwest.

Thank you for considering Oregon State University Press as your publisher.

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