Submitting a book proposal

If you are working on, or have completed, a manuscript that you think is suitable for NIAS Press, we are very keen to hear from you.

You could contact us first for an informal chat (by phone or via e-mail) about your project, how it could fit into our publication programme, and what service you can expect to receive from us. Or you may like to go straight to the heart of the matter and send us a book proposal, which will allow us to give you a more formal indication of interest.

 Your proposal should cover these points: 

  • the working title
  • your name and contact details
  • the table of contents
  • >a short description of the contents (100-200 words)
  • details of the subject area and specific discourse(s) you address
  • the readership level (e.g., is this highly specialised, or aimed widely, or suitable for course use)
  • an explanation of what differentiates your book from others in this particular field
  • your qualifications to write on this subject (elaborating ,where relevant, on your CV)
  • an indication of the progress of the manuscript and your availability to work on it
  • the estimated length of the manuscript (a word count is especially useful)
  • the estimated number and type of tables and illustrations

With the proposal, we ask that you include your CV as well as a sample chapter (if available) from the proposed book. This would give us a good idea of your writing style and would enable us to estimate the likely editorial requirements of the manuscript.

NB: Unless we have specifically requested it during an initial conversation, you should not send us the full manuscript at this stage. 


You can send your book proposal package to the NIAS Press office to

 Gerald Jackson, Editor in Chief

NIAS Press
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
Øster Farimagsgade 5
1353 Copenhagen K

email: [email protected], tel: (+45) 3532 9503

 If you think your proposed book fits into one of our book series, you are also very welcome to approach the series editor(s) directly.


Governance in Asia series

Tak Wing Ngo (Leiden University), [email protected]


Gendering Asia series

Wil Burghoorn (Gothenburg University), [email protected]

Monica Falk Lindström (Lund University), [email protected]

 Pauline Stoltz (Aalborg University), [email protected]


Women and Politics series

Kazuki Iwanaga (Halmstad University [email protected]

 For all other series (NIAS Reference Library, NIAS Monographs, NIAS Studies in Asian Topics, etc.), please contact Chief Editor Gerald Jackson at the address above.

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