Publishing with us

Established reputation

An academic publisher that is deeply committed to excellence in the humanities and social sciences, Peter Lang has over forty years of experience serving the academic community. Our extensive publications enjoy a worldwide readership and benefit from being widely reviewed in international academic journals. While we are known for our publications in certain key disciplines, including Cultural Studies, Education, Film Studies, History, Law, Linguistics and Translation Studies, Literature, Media and Communication, Philosophy and Theology, we always welcome newly developing academic areas and research approaches. We welcome proposals for new monographs, collections and dissertations.

Global reach

Our books are made available worldwide through our partnerships with online retailers, bookstores, distributors and academic libraries. To make certain our publications reach the right audience, we engage in a wide range of global marketing campaigns, attend major book fairs and specialist conferences, and maintain close relationships with academic associations. Our growing contingent of followers on social media also helps to spread the word about our books.

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Peer review

All proposals and submitted manuscripts are assessed in form and content by our experienced editorial teams. In order to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism, all manuscripts are compared against already published literature by way of the comparison software CrossCheck.

Subsequently manuscripts undergo a rigorous peer review by respected scholars from the subject in order to guarantee the academic quality of the work. In most cases two independent reviewers are appointed by the publisher. Reviewers are experienced scholars and are asked to abide by the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers, which ensures the integrity of the academic research we publish.

As with all peer-reviewed publishers we track our ratio of acceptances vs. rejections. This varies by subject, but typically we reject around 30% of all manuscripts that enter the peer review process. Many are not accepted at all and are eliminated at an earlier stage. For example, we do not consider manuscripts that fall outside of our subject areas, and submissions like these are excluded immediately.

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Fast and reliable support

As supporting our authors is a top priority, our editorial staff offer assistance throughout the publishing process. Each author benefits from a close working relationship with one acquisitions editor from initial proposal through to publication.

Good language quality is the fundamental basis for every scientific publication. We reserve the right to pass each submitted manuscript on to a native speaker for examination. If the text needs improvements, we will get in touch with the authors to discuss possible next steps. In most cases professional copy editing by the publisher is a viable option.

As part of our personal dedication to each project, we also ensure that each book is published as quickly as possible upon receipt of the manuscript. Our team is proud to provide an efficient service as well as maintaining high professional standards in design and production.

Innovative publishing

As digital technologies develop at a rapid pace, we are always changing to meet the needs of our authors and customers. We publish in both print and electronic format, allowing us to reach the growing market for eBooks among libraries and individual customers. Our eBooks are available on our website and through various digital channels (such as iTunes and Kobo) and accessible on all of today’s eReaders, tablets and smartphones.

Open access has become a valued publication model in numerous disciplines. We support and enable publication in open access for authors who require it. Our open access publications are available for download from our website and from our partner OAPEN.

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