Open Access Book Proposals

E-International Relations is a non-profit publisher dedicated to providing free and accessible scholarly materials to students and academics around the world. We publish monographs, edited collections and textbooks. Our books are available to over 35,000 retailers in 190 countries, including Amazon. And, the fully featured digital versions of each book are available to our audience of over 5 million readers at no cost via a free download. In short, we offer open access in the fullest sense – a model that ensures the widest dissemination possible in the field.

Unlike most other open access publishers, E-International Relations covers all of the costs of production. Due to the nature of those costs, which are significant (both in terms of time and money), we are unable to provide authors / editors with a royalty as we use our revenue streams (sales, advertising) to cover our costs and invest in more open access projects. Our Creative Commons license means that authors can re-use their content, without restriction, should they want to. In short, authors keep full ownership and copyright of their work. And, all named contributors will get a complementary paperback if they request one.


Editorially, we are an all-volunteer team who commission the books that we choose simply because we find them worthwhile and/or interesting. To use our volunteer time efficiently at the editing stage, and to keep costs within budget when we move to the steps in a book’s journey that require us to pay for professional services (typesetting, proofing, printing etc.), we need to ensure that a number of important expectations are set out before going forward:

  1. We encourage and seek contributors from all parts of the world, from all disciplines, and from all perspectives. However, we do not have the resources to work with text that is not well written (or well edited/translated/prepared) in publishable English when we receive it.
  2. To keep our editorial process streamlined, we expect that manuscripts will arrive to us fully adhering to our unified house format, which we will supply and confirm with all authors before proceeding.
  3. All components/chapters must provide unique insights that derive from scholarly or professional expertise – such as distinctive academic research/insights – or unique data collection/fieldwork (etc.). Works based on lived experience are acceptable if they are grounded in academic considerations and methods.
  4. It is our expectation that we will only be dealing with a book’s named editor(s) or lead author(s) and that any feedback or issues with contributors (where relevant) will be dealt with directly by a named contact person, and then communicated back to us.


We look forward to receiving proposals at any time and we’re confident that you will find working with a small independent publisher refreshing and worthwhile! We have also collected some kind words from some of our past authors that may help with your decision to approach us with your book proposal.

If you are an author / co-author and would like to submit a proposal for a monograph, see here.

If you are a group of scholars / an editor and would like to submit a proposal for an edited collection, see here.

If you would like to discuss the creation of a student textbook, we have no specific format we would like to receive your proposal in, but emailing us at with your idea and attaching a CV would be a good start. Then, we will discuss further with you.

Please Consider Donating

Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing.

E-IR is an independent non-profit publisher run by an all volunteer team. Your donations allow us to invest in new open access titles and pay our bandwidth bills to ensure we keep our existing titles free to view. Any amount, in any currency, is appreciated. Many thanks!

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