University of California Press is one of the largest, most distinguished, and most adventurous scholarly publishers in the world, respected for its creativity and renowned for attracting authors whose work transcends traditional academic boundaries to speak to people everywhere. For more than a century, UC Press has considered manuscripts from the world's foremost scholars, writers, artists, and public intellectuals. UC Press publishes annually about 200 new books and 40 multi-issue journals in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. About one-fourth of current authors are affiliated with the University of California.
Established in 1893, UC Press serves all ten campuses of the University of California, and is a department of the University of California Office of the President. All manuscripts undergo extensive peer-review, which includes outside readings by field experts. The imprint of UC Press is controlled by a faculty editorial committee composed of twenty members of the Academic Senate, which is representative of the ten campuses of the University, and this committee exercises the final acceptance of all books and periodicals published by UC Press.
University of California Press publishes general interest books, scholarly books, and textbooks in the broad categories listed with the editors names. We do not generally publish new fiction, religious inspiration or revelation, children's books, Festschriften, conference volumes, unrevised dissertations, or autobiographies.
After reviewing the areas in which we publish, please submit a query to a single editor through the online contact form. Please note that we are now also publishing in new subject areas as well as new types of books, from general interest, scholarly, and student textbooks. Please review the description of editors and their areas of acquisitions.
Your query should include a brief description of the proposed book and the book’s intended audience. The editor will indicate if they would like to review a formal proposal or full manuscript, or will forward your note to the appropriate editor. Please do not send your query to more than one UC Press editor.
If you would like to submit to a particular series, please visit the series page for relevant submissions information.
Note that a book does not need to fit into a series to be considered for publication, however, it should fall within one of our existing publishing fields. To determine whether or not the press publishes in your field, please review the description of editors and their lists.
UC Press accepts simultaneous submissions, but requests that you keep the editor informed of the status of manuscripts submitted to other publishers.
While UC Press editors prefer electronic queries, you may send a hardcopy submission to:
University of California Press
155 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612–3758
If you would like to have your hardcopy submission returned to you after consideration, please state this in writing, and include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please do not send original art with your submission.
A proposal should give the UC Press editors and marketing staff—most of whom will not be specialists in your area—clear and detailed idea of what your book will be about. Your initial submission should include a letter of introduction, a proposal that addresses the topics outlined below, your CV or resume, and a sample chapter or two. There is no set format, but a good proposal will include the things outlined below.
In two or three paragraphs, describe the work. This narrative description should identify the audience for which the book is envisioned, explain the proposed book's purpose, how it will achieve that purpose, and what you consider to be the outstanding, distinctive, or unique features of the work. Also include the relevant themes, arguments, contribution to scholarship, and place in the literature.
For what type of reader is your book intended?
Include a detailed outline of the book with paragraph-length descriptions of each chapter.
Please provide the names and contact details for three or four people whom you feel would be competent to review your material and whose opinion you would find valuable. We will try to use some of these along with our own selection. Naturally, we do not reveal the names of reviewers without their permission.
After receipt of your proposal, the sponsoring editor will review your materials and consider whether it is a good fit for the UC Press list. We make every effort to ensure that editorial decisions are made in a timely manner, but because UC Press receives hundreds of book proposals each year, it may take up to four months for a response to this initial submission. During the waiting period, UC Press editors do not accept phone queries regarding the status of your proposal.
If we are interested in your project, we will notify you of our interest and then commission outside reviewers to read and evaluate your proposal. At this stage, we may ask for additional materials. We will, of course, obtain the best available reviewers to consider your work. The review process typically takes up to four months, depending on, among other things, the nature of the project and the availability of reviewers.