Science and Technology book publishing

How to write and submit a book proposal

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Submitting your book proposal to Elsevier

Advice on preparing your proposal

Proposal assessment and approval process

Submitting your book proposal to Elsevier

As well as reaching out to potential authors in the market to write on particular topics, Elsevier Acquisitions Editors are always pleased to hear directly from those with book ideas relating to science and technology subjects or industries. If you have a book idea you'd like to share, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

The form below is intended to guide you through the key information we need regarding content, scope, and audience to consider your book idea for publication:

Science and Technology Proposal Template

Major Reference Works Proposal Template

Please visit the Find your Elsevier editor page to identify the appropriate Science and Technology Acquisitions Editor to direct your completed proposal form to.

  • If you are unsure of the correct Science and Technology contact, please send your completed form to our proposal mailbox including the following details in the subject line of your email:
    • Book proposal in [subject area] / [author name: working title]
      E.g. Book proposal in mechanical engineering / Smith: Advances in Applied Mechanics
  • If you are proposing a book in Health Sciences (including Health Professions, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and more), please be sure to refer to our Health Sciences author page to find the right editorial contact.

Advice on preparing your proposal

We recommend you keep the following in mind when preparing your proposal:

  • Your intended audience and its needs – Tailoring the content and features of your book from the outset to address the needs of a particular audience will help to make it a success.
  • What problem does this book solve - Clearly explain how this content will help readers. How will they use the content in their work? At what point in the researcher workflow does this help them solve a problem? What problems will this help them solve?
  • Competing resources – If competition to your proposed book exists, responding to the strengths and weaknesses of that competition in what you include will help us to position the book clearly for our reviewers and customers.
  • Clarity and discoverability – Help our reviewers to understand your planned content- and later in the process, potential readers to discover your content - by choosing a working book title, keywords and chapter titles that clearly describe the material you are covering using the most relevant terms.
  • Multimedia content – Include any ideas about content beyond the book that can enhance the reader experience (i.e., video, audio, extended datasets, etc.)

Proposal assessment and approval process

We have a rigorous proposal assessment and approval process to maintain the quality of material published by Elsevier, with steps that include:

  • Editor review – The appropriate Acquisitions Editor will consider the content, approach and timeliness of your book idea, as well as its fit with his/her publishing program.
  • External review – Feedback by experts and potential readers is sought on proposals of interest to validate the market for the book idea and gather input on content and structure.
  • Proposal development – Your Acquisitions Editor will work with you to incorporate valuable reviewer feedback as appropriate and further define the scope of the work.
  • Presentation to publishing committee – A formal project proposal will be put together and presented by the Acquisitions Editor for approval by key Elsevier stakeholders.