Book Authors and Book Editors


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

Content creation is a partnership process, and Elsevier is proud of our history of working with authors in a spirit of cooperative creativity to bring quality products to professional people and institutions of learning throughout the world. Your Elsevier editorial partners are skilled, highly trained professionals who have extensive knowledge of the market. We know the best ways to leverage and share your expertise with customers.

Here is what you can expect when you work in partnership with Elsevier:

  • Digital innovation. Books can be optimised for delivery in a variety of electronic formats, including publication on the leading full-text scientific database ScienceDirect, which reaches more than 16 million users worldwide, and ClinicalKey, a medical search engine and database.
  • We have a long-standing commitment to quality, accuracy and reliability in our editorial and production activities and the international sales and marketing reach to ensure your project is available and discoverable to the readers who need it across the globe.
  • You will work with a dedicated team of professionals to assist you through all stages of the process from proposal, manuscript development, production through to marketing and sales.
  • Elsevier is a global company with an unparalleled international reach. We reach more than 10 million researchers across 4,500 institutions in 180 countries, giving your products the widest reach possible. We strategically price your book by region to ensure your earnings are maximised according to market value. Additionally, Elsevier participates in a number of information philanthropy efforts via our Research 4Life partnerships. With help from UN agencies, we have provided free or low-cost access to thousands of books and peer-reviewed journals to public institutions in over 100 developing countries.
  • As an Elsevier author/editor, you are entitled to a discount off the normal list price of many of our publications, excluding major reference works.

Content types

By collaborating with Elsevier, you will work with a team of highly skilled professionals who support your vision and can offer expert guidance on how to best disseminate your content.
We offer a range of digital and print products to suit different subject areas, information types and customer needs. These include:

  • Reference – Edited and authored by the most highly regarded experts in their fields, Elsevier's highly cited handbooks and references are an invaluable source of reliable background knowledge on both established and emerging subject areas.
  • Textbooks – Elsevier publishes a wide range of innovative and award-winning textbooks for undergraduate, graduate and professional courses, many of which also serve as foundational references for those no longer studying.
  • Fast-turn content – These fast-moving, e-leading products with a print-on-demand option offer a way for cutting-edge, high-value material with time-sensitive information to reach the market more quickly.
  • Major Reference Works (MRWs) – Our encyclopedias and comprehensive major reference works provide authoritative and accessible definitions and foundational information on a wealth of subjects, supporting in particular those engaging in cross-disciplinary work.
  • Reference Modules – Reference Modules are a focused collection of the most current interdisciplinary content from our Elsevier Major Reference Works. Reference Module content is continuously updated making it an ideal springboard to cross-disciplinary investigation and discovery.
  • Series and serials – our collection of series and serials combine book-style review and coverage of subjects with the regularity, continuity and development of topics typically found in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Laboratory and practical manuals – Elsevier's laboratory manuals feature the latest methods and protocols researchers need to consult when working at the bench, while our practical manuals provide step-by-step design and operating procedures, including regulatory information, for use in technical industries.
  • Atlases – Elsevier produces some of the most well-respected and highly cited atlases supporting scientific research and study.

Proposal process

Now that you have decided to partner Elsevier, the next step is to create a proposal. The proposal materials you send us will be evaluated by Elsevier editorial staff and by selected external reviewers. Visit the Elsevier Publishing Campus for online lectures on topics aimed at helping you to submit a better proposal.

You will need to include the following in your proposal:

  • Title
  • Author(s) and/or editor(s) – Please include the names and background of the author(s) or the editor(s) and, if known, intended contributor(s). A brief curriculum vitae for each author/editor is welcome.
  • Aims and scope/background and purpose – This section is the heart of the proposal and should give us a good sense of the purpose and scope of your project. You should take time to be as detailed as possible when writing this part of your proposal. Some of the questions to answer include: Why is this project needed? What will it cover? What will be the level of depth? What is special about the style and approach? What is special about the writers and editors?
  • Your intended audience and its needs – Tailoring content and features from the outset to address the needs of a particular audience will help to make it a success.
  • What problem does this product 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 to solve a problem? What problems will this help them to 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.
  • Table of contents – The table of contents should include part or section titles, chapter titles, appendices and anything else that is part of the manuscript. List the chapters in the sequence in which they will appear.
  • Sample chapter – Be prepared to produce a sample chapter (or part of a chapter), if asked, to show the level, approach and style of writing of the book.
  • Qualified reviewers – Include the names and email addresses of at least three qualified reviewers in your field. Be prepared to rework your outline at a later stage in the light of feedback you may get from us and from our reviewers.
  • 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.
  • Optional: Multimedia content – Include any ideas about content beyond the book that can enhance the reader experience (i.e. video, audio, extended datasets, etc.). Please include how users would interact with this material and whether it is essential to your project.

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

  • Biomedical Research
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Education
  • Continuing Medical/Health Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Forensics
  • Life Sciences
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Maths
  • Medical Education
  • Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Surgery
  • Transportation

Submission process

Now that you are ready to write and submit your 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

Post publication

As one of the world's leading provider of information solutions, Elsevier provides sales and marketing resources your product will not get from any other company in the industry. Our marketing team possesses a deep understanding of our customers and markets and will leverage this knowledge and experience to strategically position your product in the marketplace.

Elsevier offers a variety of promotional tools:

  • placement in catalogues and book guides
  • displays and promotions at carefully selected conferences and meetings
  • direct marketing promotions such as email and/or print campaigns
  • placement in academic and general book shops, wholesalers, libraries and online book shops
  • optimised SEO content and established page authority for high organic search rankings
  • journal reviews
  • coordinating international marketing efforts implemented by marketing teams across the globe

After a product goes to market, an author can help promote sales by:

  • using digital media to promote your product on your blog, website, social media network or in a newsletter blast and link directly to your Elsevier page
  • promoting your book with a flyer including product information and purchasing URL
  • signing up with our Elsevier CJ affiliate programme to receive a commission percentage of the sales directly related to your promotional efforts
  • collaborating with contributors to promote your book at the meetings, conferences and other speaking engagements
  • suggesting any societies, pharmaceutical/equipment companies or government agencies that may be interested in bulk purchases or promotional arrangements of your product
  • writing a blog post for SciTech Connect and sharing it through social media