From Proposal to Publication, a Quick Guide
Are we the right choice for you? What should I do next? Find out here!
Brill brings to life works in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Law, and selected areas in the Sciences. View the full list of subjects here.
We publish simultaneously in print and in E-Book on our own electronic platform. We also ensure that all our content is featured on third party partner platforms serving the academic community, so that your readers can access your work from their preferred platform or supplier.
Our catalog includes well-respected series, monographs, bibliographies, major reference works and digital references, to meet the varied needs of scholars and libraries. Your Acquisitions Editor will discuss with you the best ‘fit’ for your work.
We are committed to ensuring that our content reaches the widest possible audience, that we are research-funding compliant, and actively involved in initiatives to promote Open Access in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Perhaps in the future all books will be published this way. For now, we make decisions on a title-by-title basis based on what’s right for the title and the author as well as for us as a business. Our Open Access publication charges are competitive, page-based and tailor-made.
How Do Publishers Really Decide Whether to Publish Your Book Manuscript?
Meet our Acquisitions Editors
Book Proposal, Step by Step
Preparing your manuscript
- A book’s audience, purpose and structure are all different from those of a dissertation. All publishing is very competitive. To attract readers to your work, prioritize what is new, different and original.
- A clear structure will give your readers confidence in your ability to organize your material and your arguments.
- Make sure your manuscript is spell-checked and copy-edited (we can help you find support for this).
- Submit your manuscript as a single file, either in Word or as a PDF.
Language & Publication Support
Do you need support in editing, translation, formatting, or indexing your work before submitting it to Brill?
Click here to get in touch with our partner Academic Language Experts.
Authors talk about being published by Brill
“When you publish in a Brill series you join a community of scholars” – Ahmad Al-Jallad
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the costs of publishing with Brill?
A: There are no costs for publishing your book with Brill unless it will be Open Access, in which case your Acquisitions Editor will discuss with you.
Q: Who should I contact about publishing my work with Brill?
A: Our Acquisitions Editors contact details are given above.
Q: I have published a chapter/article with Brill. Can I publish it elsewhere?
Q: How long does it take to publish a book with Brill?
A: After acceptance of your manuscript, it takes about 6 months. Find out what’s involved by looking at our Production Timeline.
Q: Do I get a discount on Brill books?
A: Yes! Authors and editors of Brill books can order any of our titles on our website at 35% discount.
Q: I want to publish in Open Access. How does this work?
Q: How do you decide the price of a Brill book?
A: Many of our books are very specialist, and the audience for them worldwide is small, which pushes up the costs we need to cover. Most of our books are bought as part of library collections for their academic communities to access, rather than by individuals. If your library has access to the E-Book on brill.com, you can buy a MyBook copy at €25 or $25 as an individual.
Q: Do you need support in editing, translation, formatting, or indexing your work before submitting it to Brill?
Are you looking for the perfect publishing partner for your academic research?
Brill is the publisher of choice of many influential authors working across Humanities and Social Sciences subjects. We combine over 300 years of expertise in academic publishing with a forward-thinking approach that responds to the evolving needs of research communities.
Explore our catalogue in your subject and you’ll find well-established book series, journals and reference works, in both print and digital formats. As an international publisher many of our books are published in English. As a European publisher we are also committed to publishing in multiple original languages.
What’s it like to be published by Brill?
Most of our Acquisitions Editors have a research background, bringing both an understanding of the subject as well as publishing expertise to the partnership. We work with you to make your research the best published work it can be, with the guidance of editorial boards and (external) peer reviewers at the start, and your editor to guide you through the production process. Our production times are competitive, and your book will be published simultaneously in print and electronic formats. We are at the forefront of Open Access publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences and can advise if this is the best option for you too.
Find the Acquisitions Editor covering your research area below. We look forward to talking to you about your project!
Meet our Chief Publishing Officer
“My own background as an academic means that I’m always conscious of the research community, our authors, at the heart of our publishing strategies. I joined Brill in 2011 as Assistant Editor, so I have first-hand experience of all aspects of our commissioning and production processes. That’s important if I’m to help steer the company into a future that works for us and for all the academic communities we’re here to serve.
As a medium-sized independent publisher, we can and do prioritize excellence in publishing – content, editing, production values – and provide a supportive, personal service to our authors. Looking to the future, I believe in a fast, fair and transparent transition to Open Access for all research fields and am committed to exploring publishing models that are both sustainable and achieve the greatest possible visibility for your work.
I work with a fantastic team of talented publishers, and I invite you to do so too!”
Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer
An introduction to Brill, by some of the team
“It’s important to find the right publisher, a publisher you feel at home with. We try to make it easy for you.” – Maurits van den Boogert, Senior Acquisitions Editor
Reasons to Publish with Brill
Step-by-step guidance by your Acquisitions Editor and expert editorial team. You’ll always know who to contact if you have a question.
Brill and its imprints have been at the forefront of European academic publishing for over 300 years.
Guaranteed by our rigorous editorial board and peer review process plus Acquisitions Editors who are experts in their subjects.
Quick Production Process
It takes about six months to publish your book once the manuscript has been accepted.
Electronic and Print Publishing
Books are published simultaneously online (on our own publishing platform) and in print, with no embargoes.
Range of Publishing Formats
Including monographs, edited volumes, dictionaries, reference works, journals and online databases.
The Publishing Timeline in 5 Easy Stages
Submit Your Manuscript
- Finding the right Acquisitions Editor for you and the best series for your book.
- Submitting to peer review.
- Double-blind peer review, resulting in acceptance or rejection.
- Resubmission after necessary revisions when applicable.
Typesetting and Indexing
- Proof checking and indexing with the editor’s guidance post-acceptance.
- Simultaneous publishing as an E-Book and in print.
- Marketing via subject newsletters, social media, and conference visits.
- Support with materials for book launch.
What Authors Say
I experienced the publishing process as author-friendly and family oriented…I was very impressed with the high quality production work. The book is visually stunning, the artworks are in full color, and the quality of the pages is top notch. They even allowed me to choose my own image for the book cover, and the book cover design is lovely.
Carol A. Mullen,
author of Canadian Indigenous Literature and Art: Decolonizing Education, Culture, and Society
When we learnt that Brill was starting a series dedicated to Romance languages, we were excited that our work on an Italian dialect would be one of the first volumes of this new series. The scientific editor, an expert in dialectology, ensured high standards.
Casalicchio and Patrizia Cordin,
authors of Grammar of Central Trentino
My older paper on Herman Melville’s use of visual arts in his novels, drew inspiration from That Cunning Alphabet, by Richard S. Moore. This book left a lasting impression on me; I remember its publisher, Rodopi, was part of Brill. Later when I set out for my book project, I decided to publish with Brill, knowing it has published first-rate scholarly works, including Moore's. I remember I was elated to receive a positive response from my editor, Masja.
Masja encouraged me and gave considerable attention to my submission. The revision process was long, but I never felt alone. Working with Brill was a wonderful experience. I hope to have another opportunity soon.
My first book, Metapoesis in the Arabic Tradition, came out in Brill’s series on Middle Eastern literature. I thought this was a great opportunity to join a community of scholars. It was a great experience to work with the series editors, and being part of this series enabled my work to exist in conversation with the series’ earlier works.
What I discovered publishing with Brill is the professionalism. [...] You have clear lines of communication with the copy, with a typesetter, copyeditors, with the editors themselves, series editors, and the reviewers the entire way. You get several comments on your work to make your final book the best it can be. You get multiple proofs to check to ensure everything is the way it should be. Very few places can offer that level of professionalism.
I was very excited about this opportunity to be able to publish with Brill, that I know is a great supporter of the arts, of art history, of Ottoman studies, as well. They (editors) have been really helpful in explaining the process, being prompt, and really being very supportive throughout.