For Authors

Why choose Leiden University Press?

Leiden University Press is a choice for academic quality and worldwide distribution. LUP’s goal is to support and stimulate scholarship through academic publications. Therefore, the quality of the content of the publications is most important. Book proposals and manuscripts are evaluated by scholarly standards, editorial board, and external peer review.

LUP facilitates worldwide sales and marketing through distributors, sales partners, and representatives worldwide. CB distributes LUP titles in the Netherlands and Belgium. The distribution of printed publications in Europe and the rest of the world is managed in collaboration with Wiley. At the same time, Baker & Taylor Publishing Services handles distribution in the United States and Canada.

Crucial e-platform collaborators encompass De Gruyter, Cambridge Core, EBSCO, Ebrary/ProQuest, and JSTOR. These strategic collaborations ensure broad accessibility and exposure for LUP’s publications across various global platforms and digital repositories. 

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Submitting a proposal

We look forward to receiving your proposal! Please use this form to present your publication proposal to our board.  You can contact: Saskia Gieling, managing publisher via: to submit your proposal or if you have any questions regarding the evaluation process. Important to note, we only accept proposals not complete manuscripts.

We will offer you a publishing contract if your proposal has been accepted. Still, the publication of your book is conditional upon a positive peer review of your manuscript. Leiden University Press will not publish your manuscript if the peer reviews are negative. This decision cannot be contested. You can find detailed information about our publication process here>

Please use this style sheet with editorial and bibliographical instructions when preparing your manuscript.

Peer review procedure

A detailed evaluation by two experts is an essential part of the publishing process at Leiden University Press. Our peer review, in general, is double-blinded unless the reviewer wishes to share his identity with the author. The process follows the Best Practices for Peer Review of the Association of University Presses.

Submitted book projects generally undergo three rounds of peer review, a first one of the proposal, a second one of the first draft of the manuscript, and a third of the revised version after peer review.

We ask authors to write a response to the reviews of the first draft of the manuscript, a revision plan and a timeline. The respective editorial board of a series will evaluate the revision plan. Finally, the board will assess the revised version while considering the approved revision plan and the reviews.


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