Information for authors


Advantages of the Chartridge Books Oxford publishing model for authors

For authors, the advantages of our publishing model are as follows:

• The material we publish is available on a fully open access. This permits researchers to access such material with ease.

• Authors retain the copyright of their work and how it is used.

• Detailed, thorough and demanding peer review processes.

• Our books (print and ebooks) are priced at comparatively low list prices and are distributed worldwide.

• We have streamlined our book production process so, whilst maintaining the highest possible editorial standards, we are able to shorten the period between submitting a manuscript and the book being published (this can be an important factor for researchers who need their book to be published in time for research assessment processes, tenure etc.).


Preparing a book proposal

We are happy to work with new or established authors and small or large organizations.

As publishers of long-standing experience we understand and appreciate the vital importance of peer review in the publishing process. All of our publications are therefore subject to detailed and thorough peer review by at least two reviewers. The feedback from reviewers is fed back to the author.

If you have an idea for a book, please complete our New Book Proposal Form and email it back to us at the following email address:

You can download our Author’s Questionnaire by clicking here:



Since we are not one of the large, monolithic publishing houses, we are able to reduce the time taken in the publishing process. Although we are entirely dependent upon the time it takes for reviewers to review a book proposal, we endeavor to give you a decision on your proposal as quickly as possible.

Using our highly experienced suppliers (copy-editors, proofreaders etc.), the period for production of your book is drastically reduced. Given the importance of an academic’s publishing record when applying for a grant, research assessment or a new post, this aspect can be vitally important.


Working with individuals, institutions and societies

Given our adaptable and flexible publishing model, we are happy to work with individuals and institutions (societies, universities, research institutes and commercial organizations) to help disseminate information. If you are interested in developing an ongoing relationship with us, please do not hesitate to contact us, at:


Rights, Open Access, Copyright

Chartridge Books Oxford is a firm believer in the importance of disseminating and distributing an author's work as widely as possible. We therefore publish in open access format, so that users can download a PDF. We also publish in print and enhanced e-book formats, so that an author's work is available on major e-readers such as Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iPad.

Authors retain copyright of their work and grant Chartridge Books Oxford a license to publish their work. For details of the Creative Commons Licenses we use, please see: Creative Commons Attribution License. An author's work can then be reused and redistributed for non-commercial purposes as long as the original author is attributed.

Authors are encouraged to post copies of their work to an institutional repository.


Editorial Development Fee

The publishing model of Chartridge Books Oxford is different to that of traditional publishers. Rather than requiring an author to assign copyright of the work to us and then us selling the book for profit, we are paid a fee, called an Editorial Development Fee (EDF), for providing an author with publication services and making the book available online (for free) and selling print and enhanced ebook formats. We pay the author a royalty on such sales.

Given the increased interest in open access publishing, many institutions now have a central open access fund to enable academics and researchers in the extent of the book, i.e. the number of pages, which determines our production (copy-editing and typesetting) costs. On average, the EDF ranges from £400 for a short working paper or report to approximately £3,500 for a larger scholarly monograph. The EDF covers: copy-editing, proofreading, typesetting, design and ensuring discoverability by submitting details of the publication to the major bibliographic databases and scholarly search engines.

Where we feel a piece of work has particular scholarly merit, and an author is unable to fund its publication, we will endeavour to reduce the EDF to the absolute minimum.




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