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Research Support: Books

A guide to library services and resources available to support researchers at the University of Melbourne.

Choosing a publisher

The quality of the publishing house is an important consideration.The best way to establish an academic career is to publish with reputable, well known publishers. 

  • Always read author guidelines before submitting a book proposal.
  • Academic publishers generally have webpages providing advice and guidelines for prospective authors, as well as catalogues of their current publications.
  • Use publishers' webpages to check recent titles and topics – does your proposal match the publisher’s market?
  • Read the fine print of any contracts you sign

Think. Check. Submit  Choose the right journal for your research.   

Are you submitting your research to a trusted journal? Is it the right journal for your work?

Use the Think Check Submit checklist to assess the journal.

Watch the Think Check Submit video for a quick overview (duration: 01:57 min)

Thesis to book?

  • If you intend to publish your thesis, be expected to rewrite it as a book.
  • Examiners’ reports often suggest publishing options.
  • If you are approached by a publisher please refer to our Approached by a Publisher? Questions you might ask publishers section.
  • The Melbourne Engagement Lab  (Melbourne CSHE) runs programs to assist academic staff and graduate researchers of the University of Melbourne with engaging a broad non-specialist audience, whether via the written word or through other forms of communication.
  • Melbourne University Press (MUP) -  Turning your thesis into a book

Approached by a publisher?

You'll want to choose the best publishing outlet for your research.

Questions you might ask:

  • What is the selection process?
  • Is there a peer-review process? Will my submission be sent out to reviewers?
  • Will my work be professionally edited?  If so, what standing do the editors have in the discipline?
  • Will the publisher market or promote my publication?
  • What is the distribution of the publisher? Do they have "standing orders" from university libraries? 
  • Will I receive royalties from sales of my publication?
  • Do authors have to pay to publish? (NB: this is a legitimate model for some 'gold' open access publishing but is only of value if the publication is refereed)
  • What are the copyright implications for me?
  • What if my publication is available on open access in an institutional repository?

Planning a career in academia? You'll want to publish 'well' for future tenure/promotion/grant applications. 

Questions to ask supervisors and departmental colleagues:

  • Will this publication look good on my track record?
  • Will the publication add value to my academic career?
  • Would publication adversely affect future publication, in particular my ability to get my research published in journals?
  • Would the publication be counted as a research publication by the University's Research Office as research activity, or for research assessment? e.g. HERDC publication classification guidelines