Author FAQs: Proposals

Q. What kind of experience does a Taylor & Francis book author or editor need?

While you don't need to have published a book before, we do expect you to have recent articles in journals and/or other academic or professional publications. We are seeking book authors and editors who are active in their topic of interest and part of the community for whom they are writing.

Q. How do I determine the type of book I want to write?

Textbooks and references mean different things to different book authors and editors, so please see our product, customer and reader guidelines for more information.

Make sure to mention if you would like your work to be published open access or considering open access chapters. Our editors can guide you through the funding process and highlight if you may also be eligible for a discount or waiver for your book processing charge (BPC) when publishing gold open access.

Q. How long does the publishing process take?

This is an excellent question! As a starting point, we recommend speaking with your acquiring editor who will be able to provide you with a thoughtful and personalised answer based on the type of book you are writing.

Q. Where can I find book proposal guidelines?

You can find our proposal guidelines here

Q. Whom should I contact to submit a book manuscript for publication?

Please contact the appropriate acquiring editor for your subject area.

Q. Can I submit my book proposal to more than one Taylor & Francis editor?

Please submit to one editor at a time. Editors are in communication with one another and will pass your proposal on internally if it might be a better fit for another list. Visit our editorial contact page for more information on which subject area each editor commissions.

Q. Can I set up a meeting with an editor to discuss my project?

Yes. Please visit our editorial contact page to identify the editor who would be the best fit for your project and send an email to arrange a chat.

Q. Can I work with a co-author?

Yes, we find that working with a co-author or co-authors can bring a variety of perspectives to the project and often lessens the workload. We suggest picking someone that you have worked well with in the past and/or someone who has expertise in an area beneficial to the book. We also recommend not working with too many co-authors – usually, 1-3 is a good number.

Q. Can my book include previously published material?

In many cases, the answer is yes - consult your acquiring editor. Keep in mind that for previously published material, proper permission must be secured. A video offering further permissions guidance can be found at

Q. Do all contributors need to have been secured before I submit my proposal for an edited volume or handbook?

Not necessarily, but please do include the names of potential contributors along with affiliations and contact information, and indicate whether or not they have committed to the project.

Q. What is Taylor & Francis's policy on multiple submissions?

This can vary, so consult your Editor once you have begun discussing the peer review process.

Q. Are you still interested if my book manuscript is already completed?

Yes! We will put your book proposal and a few sample chapters through the review process for you and work swiftly to provide you with a publishing decision.

Q. English is not my first language. Are you able to help me improve my manuscript?

We offer an editing service for our authors at the book or chapter level. You can find out more about our editing service here.

Q. Why do book proposals get rejected by Taylor & Francis?

We have to be selective for our readers. If we feel that a book author or editor is not qualified in a particular area, if we note plagiarism, if reviews are poor, if a book author or editor has expectations that we cannot meet, if the market is too saturated with competitors, or if the material or concept is outdated, we may reject a book proposal. Your time is extremely valuable, as is ours, so we try to make smart decisions that are mutually beneficial.