Submit a book proposal

The aim of Nordicom’s academic book publishing is to promote new, high-quality media research contributing to sustainable democratic societies in the Nordic region. We have several options for scholars interested in publishing with us, including single- and multi-authored monographs and edited anthologies, depending on the intended audience and topic. We publish books in English and Swedish.

We offer a double-blind peer-review process overseen by our scientific editors for books directed towards the international research community. Anthologies may be preceded by an open Call for contributions, which our scientific editors also assist with.

Keep in mind that there is a lengthy publication process, and therefore it is not realistic to hope for a book project to be finalised within one year. The role of guest editor requires much work, and we strongly recommend that at least two people share the responsibilities.

Should you be interested in publishing a book with Nordicom, this is how to proceed:

 

1. Fill out a book proposal questionnaire and read our editor guide

Please contact our managing editor, who will send you a questionnaire to fill out with the details of your proposed book. You will also be provided with our guide for anthology editors or monograph authors. This guide contains the information you will need to prepare yourself for your role and responsibilities in the process of editing an anthology or authoring a monograph.

Managing editor: Josefine Bové, josefine.bove@nordicom.gu.se

When we evaluate your proposal, we consider whether the proposed topic is appropriate for our aims & scope, whether it will make a needed contribution within our field, and your previous publication experience. We also consider whether the topic is high on the public agenda; we particularly encourage proposals with a policy or democracy dimension.

As a small publisher, we focus on quality rather than quantity. We aim to publish around five academic books per year.

 

2. Submit a synopsis and meet the editorial team

If we decide to move forward with your proposal, you will be invited to submit a full synopsis. When a satisfying synopsis has been delivered, Nordicom’s editorial team will invite you to discuss the details of the project, including the timeframe, whether there will be a Call for contributions, and whether the book will be peer reviewed.

If a Call is to be issued, you will be provided with a Call for contributions template to fill out. Nordicom reserves the right to edit the Call in order to make it more coherent with our publication procedures. The approved Call for contributions will be published on our website and promoted.

 

3. Sign a letter of agreement

If there is no open Call: Based on the synopsis, questionnaire, and meeting, the editorial team will decide whether Nordicom will proceed with the proposed project. If so, the managing editor will send you a letter of agreement to sign, which lays out your rights and responsibilities as editor or author, as well as Nordicom’s.

If there is an open Call: After abstracts or drafts have been received, you and your Nordicom editor will review them and discuss whether there is the potential for a high-quality publication. If so, the managing editor will send you a letter of agreement to sign, which lays out your rights and responsibilities as editor or author, as well as Nordicom’s. When this is signed, you can proceed to issue invitations for full manuscripts.

In the invitations for full manuscripts, you should include the following link to our instructions for authors. These instructions include a checklist, which should be followed for the final (post-review) submission to Nordicom.