Book Authors and Book Editors


We invite you to join a community of world-renowned thought leaders who have partnered with Elsevier.

Elsevier has a proud publishing history built on valued partnerships with authors to bring quality products to professionals and institutions throughout the world. Today, as an information analytics company on the forefront of digital innovation, Elsevier’s commitment to these content partnerships has not wavered.

When you partner with Elsevier, you will work with a dedicated team of professionals to create content that is optimized for delivery in a variety of electronic formats, including potential publication on the leading full-text scientific database ScienceDirect, which reaches more than 16 million users worldwide, or ClinicalKey, a medical search engine and database. When appropriate, books are also submitted to Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings.

With its new end-to-end online content creation platform Elsa, Elsevier helps you reach more readers, save time and create content that’s available to anyone, anywhere, at the time they need it most.

And once that content is created, our marketing and sales team promote your work while giving you the tools to promote it, too.

Content types

We offer a range of digital and print products to suit different subject areas, information types and customer needs. These include: reference, textbooks, fast-turn content, Major Reference Works, Reference Modules, stories and serials, laboratory and practical manuals, and atlases.

Although this is not an exhaustive list, the following are the broad subject areas in which we are looking for content:

  • Applied Computing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Research
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Education
  • Continuing Medical / Health Education
  • Data and Analytics
  • Earth Science
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Life Sciences
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Medical Education
  • Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Surgery
  • Sustainability Science
  • Transportation

Use of inclusive language

Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Content should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader; contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability, or health condition; and use inclusive language throughout. Authors should ensure that writing is free from bias, stereotypes, slang, reference to dominant culture, and cultural assumptions. Seek gender neutrality by using plural nouns (“clinicians, patients/clients”) as default/wherever possible to avoid using “he, she,” or “he/she.” We recommend avoiding the use of descriptors that refer to personal attributes such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability, and health condition unless there is scientific or clinical relevance. Statements and claims about personal attributes should be factual and supported by an evidentiary reference. These guidelines are meant as a point of reference to help identify appropriate language but are by no means exhaustive or definitive.

Capitalization of Racial and Ethnic Terms

Racial and ethnic groups are designated by proper nouns and are capitalized. Therefore capitalize “Black,” “White,” and “Brown” to align with the capitalization preference applied to other racial and ethnic categories. Use the capitalized term as an adjective in a racial or ethnic sense: Blacks are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 (proper noun usage); diabetes disproportionately affects the Black population (adjectival usage).

Reporting Sex, Gender, or Both in Research
The terms male and female should be used when describing the sex of human participants or other sex-related biological or physiological factors. Descriptions of differences between males and females should carefully refer to “sex differences” rather than “gender differences.” Gender comprises the social, environmental, cultural, and behavioral factors and choices that influence a person’s self-identity and health. Gender includes gender identity (how individuals and groups perceive and present themselves), gender norms (unspoken rules in the family, workplace, institutions, and global culture that influence individual attitudes and behaviors), and gender relations (the power relations between individuals of different gender identities). Authors should consider appropriate use of the words sex and gender to avoid confusing both terms.

LGBTQ+ Terminology
When content is referring to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning community, Elsevier’s suggested terminology is LGBTQ+.

Religion and Politics
Religious and political beliefs and practices must be described with accuracy. Statements and claims about religion and politics should be factual and supported by an evidentiary reference. If no reference exists, one should be requested and provided.

Digital guidelines for Sherpath

Elsevier is dedicated to publishing world class content in a variety of media, including an adaptive digital platform built specifically for healthcare education called Sherpath. Sherpath’s comprehensive digital lessons are organized by course objective to create a didactic learning experience with multimedia, confidence indicators, adaptive remediation, mini assessments throughout the lesson, and a final assessment to gauge student understanding of the material. Educators can assign, assess, and teach from Sherpath’s single, mobile-optimized interface. Evidence-based data and analytics show student engagement, understanding, and progress.

For content ready to be ingested into Sherpath, very specific manuscript guidelines need to be followed. With the assistance of digital learning experts, we have prepared these guidelines in a variety of ways, including a detailed version that lists the requirements and explains the reasons behind these requirements and a short checklist version for quick reference. Examples of a “before and after” chapter are included.

We have also provided two videos that explain the process:  one that demonstrates how to write measurable learning objectives (video) and one that discusses how to cluster and chunk content (video) properly.

We value your partnership in our endeavor to create this unique digital experience for students and instructors. Please don’t hesitate to contact your Content Strategist or Content Development Specialist if you have any questions.

Submission process

Now that you have decided to partner with Elsevier, the next step is to create a proposal. Download and fill out the proposal and send the completed form to our proposal mailbox including the following details in the subject line of your email:

  • Proposal in [subject area] / [author name: working title]
    E.g. Proposal in mechanical engineering / Smith: Advances in Applied Mechanics

Thank you for considering Elsevier as your publishing partner.