Our Main Types of Books
Monographs are high-level hardback books aimed at researchers and academics in a given subject area, with sales primarily to libraries. Monographs, which can be single-authored or edited books, make an original scholarly contribution to their subject area. In addition to library sales, individuals may want to purchase monographs for their own reading or they may be assigned as further reading on an upper-level course.
We publish textbooks for the newest subject areas as well as the most established, and for use in undergraduate and graduate courses. The two main types are: (1) textbooks that introduce key concepts on a topic and are meant to be the main book used in a course, and (2) supplementary – although not introducing the students to the core concepts and debates of a given subject area, a supplementary text would be assigned as a second or third book or bought as a secondary purchase. Such a book may make an original scholarly argument and would appeal to academics as well as students. Our emphasis on pedagogy and text development, combined with lively and imaginative design, supports students with all the information they need for their course, and guides them to further study and independent learning.
Handbook or Companion
Handbooks and Companions provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research, controversies and debates, and future trends in a subject area or sub-discipline. Each Handbook draws together newly commissioned work from an international team of contributors specifically chosen for their expertise and knowledge in the field, and is introduced and contextualized by a leading subject specialist, lending coherence and authority to each volume. Handbooks are primarily aimed at the international academic library market and are used (and sometimes individually purchased) by academics, researchers, and postgraduates. Handbooks are initially published in hardback with possible future paperback publication. Routledge Handbooks Online is our premium digital reference home that provides institutional access to our handbooks at chapter level, significantly expanding potential readership and discoverability.
Our professional books bring together high-level research with the latest scholarship and apply them to practice. For example, they might be books written for mental health professionals, school teachers, filmmakers, or researchers working outside of university settings. Because there is great variation in the markets for these books, it is best to talk with a subject area editor before you start developing your book proposal to make sure that your book is suitable for our publishing program.
Routledge Focus is our program of short form publications. These books are 20,000 to 50,000 words and will be published within three months as eBooks, and in Hardback as print on demand. We welcome submissions in any of the subject areas within humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences where Routledge currently publishes. Focus titles sell globally into all our national and regional markets and are valuable reading for scholars, students, researchers, professionals, and practitioners, as well as those working in think tanks and policy circles. These books are available for individual or institutional purchase. For more on the advantages, format, and market, read our Focus Proposal Guidelines.
Open Access Books
In addition to the open access options in our Journals publishing division, we have open access publishing options for books – find more information at on our Routledge Books Open Access page.