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Submission Guidelines for Book Proposals


Harvard Education Press publishes innovative, authoritative books covering critical issues in education. Our books influence and inform education practice and administration, explore ongoing debates, and report on important research.

Book proposals submitted to Harvard Education Press will be considered in light of a number of factors: the potential impact of the work on education policy and/or practice; the relevance and originality of its contribution to the field; the body of evidence on which the work is based; the clarity and accessibility of presentation; the project’s “fit” with our publishing list; and the author’s qualifications.

Authors interested in publishing with Harvard Education Press should submit a formal book proposal that includes the following elements:

Overview. A statement discussing the purpose of the book, the importance and relevance of the issues it addresses, the audience it is intended to serve, and how it will contribute to current debates in education policy or practice. (1-2 pages)

Description of the book. A brief summary of the contents of the book, the central argument it presents, the body of evidence it will draw on, and its organization and style. Please include the anticipated length of the manuscript and the timetable for its completion. (3-5 pages)

Table of Contents. An outline of the book, with a few paragraphs summarizing each chapter. If the book is an edited volume, please indicate the authorship of each chapter. The participation of all contributors must be confirmed before the proposal can be considered for publication. (3-5 pages)

Sample Chapters. One or more complete chapters from the interior of the book. These should be representative of the project as a whole in tone, style, organization, use of evidence and examples, and ancillary materials (tables, charts). A typical chapter is 25-35 pages.

Discussion of Competing Works and Readership. A brief description of the principal books that relate to or compete with the proposed project. Please indicate how the proposed book differs from other published works and why it makes a distinctive and important contribution to the field of education; in this connection, explain how this proposed book will fill an important need within the field. Who will want to read this book and why? (1-2 pages)

Biographical Statement. A resume or brief summary of the principal author’s experience and credentials in the field, including previous publications. If the book is an edited volume, please include a paragraph or two identifying each contributor. (1-2 pages)

Prospective authors must inform the acquiring editor if their proposal has been submitted to other presses.

Please note that Harvard Education Press is a peer-reviewed press. Proposals accepted for review must be withdrawn from consideration by other presses. Proposals that have received positive reviews must also be approved by the Harvard Education Press editorial board, which includes faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and practitioners affiliated with HGSE.

All proposals should be sent to:

Caroline T. Chauncey
Editor-in-Chief
Assistant Director
Harvard Education Publishing Group
8 Story Street, 1st Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
caroline_chauncey@harvard.edu