E-IR Edited Collections

E-IR Edited Collections are books that unite a group of authors to present the latest thinking – or a new perspective – on a particular topic or debate. As well as being published as a free e-book on E-IR and sold in paperback in all good book stores, the individual articles from an Edited Collection are subsequently published as stand-alone articles on the website as a way to serialise the Collection.

If you are a community of scholars, or a representative of a working group / panel, we would be happy to discuss publishing an Edited Collection of your work.

Our format is flexible based on the project, but in general we expect the following:

1) There should be at least 8, and at most 20 chapters.
2) Chapters should be around 5000 words, give or take.
3) All content should be written to be accessible to the widest audience possible.
4) All named authors should have relevant academic or professional credentials (PhD students are welcome).

What do contributors get out of it?

E-IR is a registered non-profit org dedicated to providing free and accessible scholarship to students and academics around the world. By contributing to a book under our imprint you lend your support to our open access mission, and get a high quality output distributed worldwide.

Massive dissemination and impact: Due to E-IR’s fully open access model, anyone can read your content, any time, at no cost. Our existing e-books have been downloaded well over 1 million times. We will also ensure that the print copy of your book is available worldwide – from Amazon right down to local independent retailers.

Our Creative Commons license means that authors can re-use their content, without restriction, should they want to use it to build a derivative book or journal article. Authors keep full ownership and copyright of their work.

Your work will be edited professionally, and be presented with a cover based on a high quality piece of photography consistent with your content: We will never make your book look boring with a generic cover!

Following approval of your manuscript the book will be produced and available within 8-10 weeks. It will be advertised on E-IR and each chapter will be serialised on the website to offer further exposure.

All named contributors will get a discount code to buy paperback copies at cost-price from our printer (around £4 per book). And, of course, there is unlimited access to the free e-book version.

Unlike most other open access publishers, E-IR covers all of the costs of production. Due to the nature of those costs, which are significant for each book, we are unable to provide authors / editors with a royalty. We understand that a lack of a royalty may seem unattractive, but that’s the essence of our open access model. We give the text away free in e-book to ensure the widest dissemination possible, and use our revenue streams to cover the costs and continue to invest in more open access books.


If you would like to submit a proposal, please shape it based on the format below.
When complete, email it to info@e-ir.info with the subject/title ‘E-IR Edited Collection’.

  1. What is the proposed topic and draft title? (max 100 words)
  2. Summarise your academic credentials and past publications (max 250 words)
  3. What new thinking or perspectives will the Collection deliver on the topic? (max 250 words)
  4. What do you envisage will be the ‘narrative arc’ of the Collection? (max 250 words)
  5. Anything else we should know, or you would like to ask? (max 200 words)

We will respond to all proposals with a decision within 10 working days.

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!

Donations are voluntary and not required to download the e-book - your link to download is below.