Publisher analysis

About the publisher

Name: Routledge. Note that Haworth Press was acquired by Taylor & Francis Group in 2007, and former Haworth books are now published by Routledge, a Taylor & Francis Group imprint.


Purpose, objective, or mission: Global publisher of quality academic books, journals, and online reference materials in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge is an older imprint, founded in 1836, and prides itself on publishing “many of the greatest thinkers and scholars,”1 including Einstein, Jung, and Sartre.2

Target audience: Teachers, librarians, educators, those seeking reference materials.3 Routledge has a specific Resources for Librarians page detailing catalogs, e-products and online references specifically for libraries, research series, and out of print titles.4

Owner: Taylor & Francis Group.5

Are published books peer reviewed? Yes. “Routledge adheres to a strict policy of anonymous peer review on all book projects.”6

Types of books published: “Research monographs, textbooks, handbooks/companion books, short form publications.”7

Medium: Print and online.8
Routledge aims “to publish eBooks simultaneously with print books upon initial publication.” 9

Topics covered: Annuals, Yearbooks, Periodicals & AlmanacsBiographical ReferenceDictionariesDirectoriesEncyclopediasGeneral ReferenceHandbooksLibrary & Information ScienceMajor Works, and Regional Surveys.10

Number of titles published per year: Thousands of new books published each year.11

About the publisher’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines:

Types of submissions accepted: Proposals, between 3-6 pages, supplemented by sample chapters if applicable. Do not send an unsolicited manuscript as the initial contact!12

Submission and review process: Send the proposal and supplemental materials by email to the appropriate editorial contact.13 After reviewing the proposal, an editor will decide if they would like a full manuscript.14

Editorial tone: Professional and scholarly, but readable.15 The books potentially cover a wide audience including a variety of readers. Routledge also publishes under a wide variety of LIS subjects, with titles ranging from The Social Media Handbook, a slim volume at 194 pages, to International Encyclopedia of Information and Library Science, at 724 pages, significantly updating the last edition from 1996.16

Style guide used: U.S. authors: For US spelling use Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary or Webster’s Third New International Dictionary. There are different style preferences for different subject areas, such as Chicago or APA. Your Editorial Assistant will advise which style (Chicago, APA) you should follow – just be consistent throughout the submission and confirm the style you have used when submitting your final manuscript.17

For UK authors: Refer to Butcher’s Copy-editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Copy-editors and Proofreader and the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors: The Essential A-Z Guide to the Written Word. For British spelling use Concise Oxford English Dictionary; alternatives are accepted as long as they are consistent. For referencing, use the Harvard referencing system.18

For more details, please see Publishing Guidelines.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publisher’s potential for LIS authors

Routledge is now owned by Taylor & Francis, which has a huge LIS audience and is where you can find a lot of print and online reference materials and publications targeted to students, LIS professionals, and academics.19 This is a prestigious publishing house that puts writers through a rigorous process just to get to publication; and once you’re there, there is the support of editors and the brand behind your finished book.20 This is an excellent group to consider proposing for an LIS specific book idea, as ideas can range from the very scholarly studies to more everyday topics that librarians or information professionals should be aware of.


Audience analysis

About the publisher’s audience

Size: Large, and international.21

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Offices for the US are based in New York;22 office for the UK and the rest of the world are based in Oxford, England.23 The publisher notes that a majority of sales come from outside the UK, in the US and elsewhere around the world.24

Reader characteristics: Readers seeking high quality reference works specifically for an educational or library setting, or simply for their own personal and professional development. These are sophisticated readers and “students at all stages of their studies.”25

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Varying. Most people seeking out Routledge books will most likely be academics, but whether in the LIS field specifically is not a given. However, Routledge readers are knowledgeable and educated, so assume a degree of understanding, and a quick learning curve, when referencing LIS subject matter.

Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors

The primary readership of Routledge materials includes academics, librarians, and educators interested in new titles pertaining to LIS. This is a group that eagerly awaits new publications, and is notified through a variety of resources when new topics are published. Routledge is dedicated to the promotion of your publications to a wide, eager audience. Learn more on their page for promoting your book.26

Last updated: January 30, 2018


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