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We are always happy to discuss new ideas with prospective
authors and to read and review manuscripts and book
proposals. In the first instance please contact Richard
Hart by e-mail or write to this address:
Hart Publishing Ltd., 16C Worcester Place, Oxford OX1
Our list is international in scope, and though we publish
in all areas of law, we are particularly interested
in hearing from authors whose book is in one of the
Public International law (all aspects)
Private international law
1. We are interested in publishing all types
of books, but we are particularly interested in
monographs, student texts, and works of reference
for practitioners. We do publish edited collections,
but it is now our policy to severely limit the
number of such collections published annually
because of the difficulties we face marketing
2. We will not consider a manuscript or proposal
which has been simultaneously submitted to other
publishers; if you are making a submission to
more than one publisher then this must be disclosed
at the time the submission is made.
circumstances we may agree to consider a proposal
which is also being submitted to another publisher,
and will decide at the time of submission whether
or not we wish to commence our own review process.
In these circumstances we will only commence our
review process if the author undertakes to accept
our offer of publication without unreasonable
3. We undertake to complete our review process
in a timely fashion and to not keep authors waiting
4. We are often asked if we have any objection
to parts or the whole of a book being ‘pre-published’
(i.e. before the book appears) on SSRN, on the
author’s own webpage, in a university repository,
or in scholarly journals (print and digital).
The answer is that while we recognise the temptation
and pressure to ‘pre-publish’ in this
fashion, in practice, for a variety of reasons
it is very off-putting for us if all or part of
a manuscript has been pre-published on the web
or in a journal. We therefore generally decline
to publish material which has been ‘pre-published’
elsewhere, and require authors to disclose at
the outset if any part of their manuscript has
been, or is in the process of being, ‘pre-published’
If your manuscript is written,
we will usually require the following:
1. The manuscript, saved as a Word, Wordperfect,
rtf or PDF file, supplied as an e-mail attachment.
Please use a legible font (10pt or larger)
2. A brief author CV.
3. A critical literature review, analysing the
relationship between the book and other similar
or potentially competitive books either published
or in the course of being written.
4. A note detailing any revisions you intend to
make, the timetable for completing the revisions,
and the estimated final word count.
5. In the case of a PhD thesis we will also need
to see a copy of your examiners’ reports.
If the manuscript is not
yet written and you are seeking a contract to
write it, we will usually require the following:
1. A table of contents
2. A brief description of the book (150-300 words)
3. A critical literature review, analysing the
relationship between the book you are planning
to write and other similar or potentially competitive
books either published or in the course of being
4. A brief author CV.
5. Your timetable for completing the book, and
the estimated final word count.
What will happen to your
All book proposals and manuscripts are initially
assessed in-house. This initial assessment focuses
on the commercial viability of your proposed book,
its ‘fit’ with our list, its quality,
and the availability of space within our schedule.
This part of the process can take anything from
1 day to 2 weeks, depending on a variety of factors,
but we will let you know as soon as possible,
and generally within 2 weeks, whether or not we
wish to take the proposal to the next stage. Bearing
in mind that we receive between 800-1000 proposals
annually, of which only 80-90 are accepted, 90%
of prospective authors are bound to be disappointed.
Manuscripts and book proposals are assessed anonymously
by a panel of independent reviewers who are experienced,
recognised experts. We generally require two positive
assessments, but in some circumstances will seek
additional reports. This part of the process can
be time-consuming because we do not have control
over our reviewers and have to allow them time
to complete their work, while recognising that
they are usually juggling other responsibilities
and work commitments. We generally try to complete
this part of the process in 3 months, but occasionally
the process can take much longer. During this
time we will keep you informed of progress.
Following the review process we will normally
send you the reports written by our reviewers
and ask you to respond. The reports may contain
suggestions for revision, re-organisation, abbreviation
or enlargement of your manuscript, and you will
be expected to give serious consideration to these
We will consider the reviewers’ reports
and your response to them and at that point will
decide whether or not to make a positive recommendation
to our publishing committee. Our publishing committee
meets frequently throughout the year. It is usual,
but not inevitable, for our publishing committee
to accept our positive recommendation. At its
meeting our committee will review the assessor’s
reports, and examine the proposal from the point
of view of the market, proposed price, title,
format, length and so on. If the committee agrees
that the manuscript/proposal should be accepted
then we will notify you of this and make a written
contractual offer within a week of the committee
meeting. Prospective authors are expected to accept
or reject this offer without unreasonable delay.
If, following review of your manuscript, the
proposal is rejected, the script will be retained
and destroyed after a further month unless you
request its return in writing.
If we proceed with your proposal or manuscript
the publishing contract will specify the agreed
delivery date, the agreed word count, and the
division of responsibilities between Author and
Publisher. You will be expected to submit the
complete manuscript in digital form – either
as an e-mail attachment, on CD, or on USB –
and except in very unusual circumstances we will
only work with digital files.
Following receipt of the final manuscript, we
normally conduct a short final review, which may
be done in house, or by an external reviewer.
Provided that we are happy with the manuscript,
we will proceed to production.
Production usually takes between 5-6 months depending
upon the length, complexity and topicality of
your book. If there is a particular date by which
your book needs to be published in order to take
advantage of a significant marketing opportunity
then we will make every effort to ensure that
it is published by that date.
Your manuscript will be copy-edited by an experienced,
legally qualified editor and you will be consulted
about any major changes and may be asked to answer
At the next stage you will receive page proofs
and will be asked to check and correct them within
a short period. Unless other arrangements have
been agreed you may also have to produce an index
and any necessary tables.
You will be given a schedule at the outset and
you will be kept informed of progress at frequent
intervals. You will be consulted about the design
and appearance of your book and you will also
be asked to assist us with marketing by suggesting
suitable journals which may wish to review the
book, teachers who may want it for classroom use
and conferences/societies whose delegates/members
may be interested in seeing details of the book.
We undertake a wide spectrum of marketing designed
to draw attention to our books. This includes
preparing catalogues and entries for this web
site, producing printed publicity materials, seeking
reviews, displaying books at conferences and advertising
in leading law reviews.
Our books are stocked by booksellers in many
countries and by our agents and distributors throughout