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Publisher analysis

About the publisher

Name: The University of Chicago Press Books


Purpose, objective, or mission: Founded in 1890, the mission of the Press is “the obligation to disseminate scholarship of the highest standard and to publish serious works that promote education, foster public understanding, and enrich cultural life.”1

Target audience: Both scholars and casual audiences, in the United States and abroad. 2

Owner: The University of Chicago Press.

Are published books peer reviewed? Unknown, but all book proposals are to be sent to appropriate editors for a lengthy review process. Prospective authors are encouraged to consult William Germano’s book Getting It Published for more information on the publication process.

Types of books published: The Press leans toward being a civilian publication, and their Book Submissions page states that they generally do not publish work outside of their stated subject fields.3

Medium: Print and electronic, released simultaneously.4

Topics covered: Mostly liberal arts and social sciences, though they are well known for The Chicago Manual of Style and writing guides. Consult the list of acquisitions editors for a complete list of accepted book topics.

Number of titles published per year: Unknown, but the Press is a rather large publishing house, with more than 5,000 books currently in print.5

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines:

Types of submissions accepted: Book proposals only on accepted subjects. The Press has a separate division for journals.

Types of submissions the publisher is not interested in:

  • Unrevised dissertations
  • Festschriften
  • Works of original fiction

Submission and review process: After determining the appropriate editor, send a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, table of contents and a prospectus.6 Do not send a complete manuscript unless you are asked to do so. After your submission has been received, it may take up to a month to hear back from an editor.7

Editorial tone: Unknown.

Style guide used: Unknown, though keep in mind that the Press publishes The Chicago Manual of Style.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publisher’s potential for LIS authors

The Press publishes across a wide array of subjects, including books about both library science and publishing. Glance over the list of currently published LIS books on their website to get a better sense of what the Press is looking for. Prospective authors penning writing guides, or writing about literary, media, cultural studies or education are encouraged to contact an appropriate editor.


Audience analysis

About the publisher’s audience

Size: This is a relatively large publishing house, having published more than 11,000 works since its foundation in 1890.8 It’s editors have worked to “build a broad but coherent publishing program engaged with authors and readers around the world.”9

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The Press publishes books that appeal to a vast, international audience: books about Chicago and surrounding areas, translations of foreign language texts and significant non scholarly works are just a sampling of their publications.10 If published by the Press, their marketing department ensures that publicity and promotions will be conducted in the United States as well as from satellite offices in the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan.11

Reader characteristics: Scholars and casual readers with specific interests.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: A majority of the LIS books published by the Press are historical in nature, including a world history of libraries and account of medieval books of early modern England.

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

Readers of books published by the Press can generally be considered knowledgeable and, potentially, subject experts. The Press also distributes dozens of other publications from the likes of the American Meteorological Society, Association of University Presses, Amsterdam University Press and many others from all over the world.12 Considering that many of these, like the Press, are affiliated with a university, potential authors may want to keep in mind that the general readership leans in a scholarly direction.

Last updated: February 14, 2018


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  1. “About,”, Accessed February 8, 2018,
  2. “About.”
  3. “Book Submissions,”, accessed February 9, 2019,
  4. “Marketing Information,”, accessed February 9, 2019,
  5. “About.”
  6. “Book Submissions.”
  7. “Submissions FAQ,”, accessed February 9, 2018,
  8. “About.”
  9. “About.”
  10. “About.”
  11. “Marketing Information for Authors,”, accessed February 11, 2018,
  12. “Major publishers marketed & distributed by the University of Chicago Press,”, accessed February 14, 2018,
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