Submission Guidelines | Rowman & Littlefield

To submit a proposal to Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, send the following information to the appropriate acquisitions editor for your subject by email attachment (preferable) or hard copy. Please include the following:

Prospectus: The prospectus should include a description of the book; a statement regarding what makes it important, timely, or unique; an analysis of competing or similar books (including publishers and dates of publication); a description of your target audience (general readers? undergraduate or graduate students? scholars? professionals?); an indication if any of the material in the book has been previously published, and, if so, when and where and whether republication rights are available; the length of the manuscript in word count; and, if the manuscript is not complete, an estimation of when it will be finished.

Outline: An annotated table of contents, including a paragraph describing each chapter.

Curriculum vitae or resume: In short, what qualifies you to write the book you are proposing? If you are proposing a contributed volume, please include affiliations and, if possible, brief resumes for each of the contributors.

Writing samples: One or two sample chapters. If an introduction or overview is available, please include it. If no chapters are ready, send a comparable example of your writing.

Peer reviewers: A list of four to seven potential peer reviewers, with whom you have no personal or professional relationship, but who might advise us as to the quality, academic integrity, and commercial viability of the project. If possible, please include their affiliations, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.

Platform: In short, what access to media and/or readers do you have that will assist us in reaching your book’s intended audience? Previous media appearances, active blogs, author web sites, prominent reviews of previous books, a strong presence on social media help to make the case that you will be an active partner in promoting your book. Please include links to your web sites or blogs and your handles for:

  1. Facebook
  1. Linkedin
  1. Twitter
  1. Instagram
  1. Goodreads
  1. Amazon Author Page

We will acknowledge receipt of a proposal within two weeks; we are usually able to render a decision on contract within three months.

Please do not send your entire manuscript unless requested by the acquisitions editor.

Please note that we are unable to return hard copies of submitted materials unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with your submission.

Locate an acquisitions editor in your subject area.


Lexington Books publishes the best scholarly work in disciplines ranging across the humanities and social sciences including:

  • African Studies
  • American History
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  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Asian Studies
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  • Criminal Justice
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  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
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  • Psychology
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  • Religion
  • Slavic Studies
  • Sociology

To submit a manuscript for consideration by Lexington Books, please submit the following materials:

The completed proposal form

A detailed table of contents

One or two sample chapters (preferred), or previously published articles in the same vein of research

Your curriculum vitae


Please do not send your entire manuscript. If you are submitting a proposal for an edited collection we only require a complete CV for the editor(s), brief bios for contributors will suffice.


Please provide the following information: 

  1. Your name, email address, and professional affiliation.
  2. The working title of your project.
  3. A short description that succinctly states the argument of the book (1-3 sentences).
  4. A detailed description of the book, what makes it unique, and why you are qualified to write it
  5. A description of your target audience.
  6. A list of competing or similar books (including publishers and dates) and how your project differs from them.
  7. A list of courses in which your book might be used as a text or supplementary text.
  8. An indication of whether any part of your manuscript has been published previously.
  9. An indication if the manuscript is a revised version of a doctoral dissertation. If so, what changes you are proposing to prepare it for publication.
  10. The length of the manuscript in 12-point type on double-spaced 8 1/2” by 11” pages.
  11. If the manuscript is not complete, provide an estimate of when it will be finished.
  12. An indication of whether the manuscript is under consideration by other publishers.
  13. An indication if you intend to use any figures or tables. If so, how many?
  14. The names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of four to seven respected scholars in your field with whom you have no personal or professional relationship who could potentially serve as a peer reviewer./

*Please do not send your entire manuscript. An acquisitions editor will contact you to request additional materials.

Locate an acquisitions editor in your subject area.