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The Publishing Process

The Taylor & Francis books publishing process consists of 10 key stages.

Learn about the basic steps to our publishing process for transforming an idea to an authoritative book for academic study or professional development.

Icon: Download image Submit Proposal

If you have not yet been in contact with T&F about your book, please get in touch with the relevant Commissioning Editor . They will likely provide you with a specific proposal form suitable for your subject area and book idea.

Icon:Clipboard Internal Editorial Assessment

The Editor will assess the strengths of your proposal and how well it fits with the subject list.

Icon: Magnifying glass Initial peer review

When the Editor is prepared to proceed, your book proposal will be sent out for initial peer review (4-6 weeks). The Editor will assess the strengths of your proposal and how well it fits with the subject list. If approved, the proposal will proposal will move to the next stage.

Icon: Speech bubble Discuss Reviews

Discuss the reviewer feedback with your Editor, making revisions and resubmitting the proposal if necessary.

Icon: Pair of hands shaking Editorial Board Meeting

The internal Editorial Board makes the final decision on approving the book for publication, making recommendations for changes if appropriate, and determining contract terms.

Icon: Paper and pencil Sign Contract

Key parts of the contract include length, royalties, copyright, and the delivery date. Open access contracts are available and all of our standard contracts allow for Alt Text, and open access conversion at a later date if required.

Icon: Page of a manuscript Writing Phase

May include peer reviews or work with a Development Editor. At this stage, your Editor will send you detailed guidelines on formatting, image specs, permissions etc. Talk to your Editor about content issues.

Icon: Book Manuscript Delivery

Submit your final manuscript, working with an Editorial Assistant on formatting and permissions queries and payment of any open access book publishing charge (BPCs).

Icon: Eye Production

Production Editor assigned. Copyediting and typesetting, proofreading and indexing, collating and correction, and cover finalized. Production usually takes 5-6 months.

Icon: Rocket Book Publishes

Our global sales & marketing team works with retailers, universities and other aggregators to ensure your book is promoted and sold to the appropriate target audience. Additionally, we have 30+ metadata feeds to platforms such as Google Scholar and Amazon where readers outside of academic institutions can access your work, benefiting independent researchers across the globe.


Open access content will be hosted on TaylorFrancis.com and a copy of your work will be deposited into the archives with CLOCKSS and Portico. We also send a record of your work to OAPEN and the Open Research Library, two of the biggest open access books repositories.

Ready to submit your proposal? View and download our publishing guidelines.

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