Please see also our general information for authors, including a glossary, useful books and resources, and information for authors of children's books, ELT resources, and journals.
Why publish with Oxford University Press?
Oxford University Press is the world's largest university press. We publish more than 4,500 new books a year, have a presence in over fifty countries, and employ some 4,800 people worldwide. Oxford has become familiar to millions through a diverse and eminent publishing programme that includes scholarly works, and student texts in a wide variety of academic disciplines. As our founding mission, academic publishing is at the heart of what we do and over the years has been extended into publishing of dictionaries, reference books, and materials for teaching English, as well as children's books, bibles, music, and scholarly journals.
The book publishing process
Commissioning editors at OUP work with authors at all stages in the publishing
process and are the main contact for the author whilst their book is published
with OUP. Although our commissioning editors each focus on publishing books
for particular sectors of a market, they are first and foremost representatives
of the Oxford University Press as a whole. You will find that they are knowledgeable
about their lists and subject areas and are keen to initiate discussions in
your chosen field.
Once a manuscript has been delivered, OUP staff will work closely with the author
and the production department to ensure that copy-editing, design, typesetting,
and proof-reading move ahead swiftly and that high standards are maintained.
The marketing manager will be in touch prior to publication, detailing
the broad marketing plan for the work, with information about catalogues and
mailings, conferences and review lists, and inviting comments and suggestions.
The Production departments are responsible for the physical appearance and
manufacturing of the books. We use professional copy-editors and proof-readers
and have specialist jacket and text designers in-house. OUP no longer has its
own printing house but works with the very best printing houses from around
Worldwide sales, marketing, and distribution
OUP uses its international structure to promote and sell its books to as wide a readership
as possible. Each OUP office or branch carries out a range of promotional activities.
Our two major distribution centres, at Cary in North Carolina, USA, and Kettering, UK,
hold some 60 million volumes at one time and employ all the latest logistics technologies. Our branch offices also hold a wide selection of OUP titles.
Find more information about our sales and marketing activities
Rights and permissions
The rights team works actively to maximise revenue and exposure for OUP books. The main areas of activity are: translations of OUP books into foreign languages; electronic distribution rights (e-books, inclusion in databases, and so on); and permissions. The sale of translation rights is one of OUP's core aims as it makes our books accessible to a wider audience worldwide.
Working with authors
We value our relationships with our authors; we consult authors at every stage
of the publishing process and we are constantly looking to improve
the way we work.
We are willing to work very closely with our authors and we can offer detailed
and constructive advice at various stages of the commissioning and writing process,
when this is helpful. We also provide detailed advice on submitting typescripts
and on any stylistic questions.
Our interest in your book does not stop once it is published. Our commissioning editors, marketing and sales staff, and production teams are dedicated to the continuing success of all our titles, regardless of publication date.
We are committed to keeping Oxford books in print, wherever possible, and where appropriate we will use digital "print on demand" technologies to keep academic
books in print where a normal print run is uneconomical.
Benefits of being an OUP author
We offer favourable contractual terms to our authors.
As a highly valued OUP author, you are also entitled to a discount on OUP titles when purchasing for personal use or as gifts for friends and family - from dictionaries, companions, and Oxford World's Classics through to children's books, specialist titles, and online products. Please ask your commissioning
editor for more details on how to claim your discount.
We also offer special discounts on OUP books for contributors - again, please contact your editor for more details.
For general enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to:
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Oxford OX2 6DP,
Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 556767
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