"Working with NIAS Press for my first book has been a supportive and highly personalised experience, from the detailed and honest feedback during the manuscript preparations up to the wonderful post-publication support."

What does publishing look like?

Normally, after acceptance the process of publishing a NIAS book goes through the stages listed below – often with several stages running simultaneously. Contracted authors will receive a specific schedule showing the timeline and deadlines involved in their own book project.

1. Evaluation

  • book proposal submitted by author/editor
  • internal review by NIAS Press
  • submission of manuscript by author
  • international scholarly review by anonymous external referees
  • agreement to publish  

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2. Editing

  • agreement between author and NIAS Press on revisions to be made
  • work revised by the author and returned to NIAS Press
  • manuscript checked for style, consistency, etc. 
  • copy-editing (incl. language correction) of manuscript
  • keying of corrections, usually by author
  • delivery of finalized text, illustrations, etc.  

3. Developing a marketing strategy

  • author’s marketing questionnaire completed and returned
  • final decision on title, preparation of book description
  • registration of book with bibliographic and library services
  • announcement of book to booksellers, libraries, distributors, etc.
  • inclusion in NIAS Press and distributor catalogues
  • preparation of post-publication promotion  

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4. Production

  • typesetting of book
  • proofing of typeset book pages by author and NIAS Press
  • design of cover and/or jacket
  • preparation of index by author, typesetting and proofing of index
  • final corrections to book
  • printing and binding
  • shipping and delivery of finished books  

5. Publication


  • public release, sale copies distributed to warehouses and bookshops
  • author’s copies and other complimentary copies distributed
  • review copies distributed
  • publicity and promotion (advertisements, launch, conference displays, etc.

Would you like to know more? Check out our practical guides for authors or some directions on how to submit a book proposal.