What We Publish

Choosing the appropriate publisher for your manuscript is an important part of the publication process. Publishers specialize, and a publishing house with a strong list in the academic or geographic area about which you are writing will do the best job of editing, producing, and marketing your book.

The University of Hawai‘i Press editorial program focuses on books in the humanities, social sciences, and life and earth sciences in areas that include history, religion, anthropology, literature, art and architecture, the environment, and language arts. We also publish more than 20 scholarly journals that reflect the university’s regional and international focus in the aforementioned subject matters.

UH Press has an especially distinguished list in Asian studies and is recognized as a leader in the fields of Buddhist studies and Southeast Asian studies. We are the preeminent publisher of scholarly works on Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands, and we are known for our regional guidebooks and maps.

In addition to these core strengths, we are seeking to expand our acquisitions in the areas of environmental studies, indigenous studies, popular culture, and language learning texts.
If you have a book manuscript or proposal, we invite you to review our Author Guidelines below for more information. Please also see our Books in Series for current calls for proposals.
If you have an article that you wish to publish, please visit our Journals page to find the appropriate journal for your article’s subject matter, special issue calls for papers, and author guidelines specific to each journal.

Whatever the outcome, we thank you for your interest in the publishing program of the University of Hawai‘i Press.


Author Guidelines

SUBMITTING A BOOK QUERY/PROPOSAL/MANUSCRIPT

The acquisitions editors welcome a proposal from you at any stage in the development of your manuscript. As a first step, send a short, informative letter or e-mail that includes (1) a clear and concise description of your work and its outstanding features; (2) your sense of the audience you are trying to address; (3) a word count and the number of illustrations, tables, and so forth that you envision including; (4) a brief paragraph about yourself; (5) the current status of the manuscript and the date you expect to complete it; (6) a copy of the table of contents and, if available, a representative sample chapter. Do not send a complete manuscript unsolicited. Send your documents by email to the appropriate acquisitions editor (see below). For general inquiries, you may email the press using our Contact Form or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details.


WHO WILL REVIEW YOUR MANUSCRIPT

Our acquisitions editors carefully review each book proposal that is received at UH Press. Because we receive a large volume of proposals each year, often with substantial accompaniments, we ask for your patience in waiting to hear from us.

Joel Cosseboom, Interim Director and Publisher

  • Serious works of general interest about Hawai`i and the Pacific region.

Pamela Kelley, Executive Editor

Series: Critical Interventions; Modern Korean Fiction

Debra Tang, Associate Editor

Assists the executive editor and manages the acquisitions department.

Stephanie Chun, Acquisitions Editor

  • East Asian anthropology, fiction in translation, film, language, literary studies, popular culture, religion
  • Buddhist studies

Series: ABC Chinese Dictionary Series; Asia Pop!; Contemporary Buddhism; Dimensions of Asian Spirituality; Kuroda Institute Classics in East Asian Buddhism and Studies in East Asian Buddhism; Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture; New Daoist Studies

Masako Ikeda, Acquisitions Editor

  • Asian and Pacific history; world history
  • Southeast Asian studies; Asian American studies; Pacific Islands studies

Series: Asia Pacific Flows; Food in Asia and the Pacific; Hawai`i Studies on Korea; Intersections; Music and Performing Arts of Asia and the Pacific; Perspectives on the Global Past; Topics in the Contemporary Pacific

Emma Ching, Associate Acquisitions Editor

  • Hawaiian and Indigenous studies

Series: Hawai‘inuiākea; Indigenous Pacifics; New Oceania Literature; Pacific Islands Monograph Series; Pure Land Buddhist Studies


PROPOSALS ACCEPTED FOR FURTHER REVIEW

If your proposal is accepted for further review, you will be asked to submit a complete manuscript. After initial evaluation in-house, manuscripts the Press decides to pursue are sent for peer review to two external readers—experts in appropriate fields of study—who submit detailed assessments. Manuscripts that receive favorable reports are presented to a faculty editorial board for acceptance or rejection.


A FEW WORDS ABOUT PEER REVIEW

Peer review is an essential part of the university press mission of advancing and disseminating scholarship. It is the process through which university press editors commission formal evaluations from respected experts on the contribution to scholarship, teaching, and public debate of a work being considered for publication. These formal evaluations provide constructive feedback that enables an author to strengthen a work in progress, adding value and meaning to the work that is ultimately published.

We do not reveal the names of our peer reviewers to anyone other than members of our faculty editorial board. We require, in turn, that peer reviewers respect the confidentiality of the evaluation process by not discussing manuscripts they are consulted about with others. Though strong peer reviews are necessary for moving forward with a project, they form only one part of a broad range of factors, including considerations of fit and budget, that together lead to a publishing decision.


MANUSCRIPTS ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION

Once the work is accepted, a contract is drawn up between the author and the press. The final form of your manuscript is important. Manuscripts accepted for publication must be prepared electronically. Please consult our Manuscript Preparation and Submission Guidelines and Illustrations and Rights Guidelines. (For more information on copyright and permissions obligations, the Association of University Presses (AUP) has prepared this permissions FAQ. You are also welcome to use our sample permission requests for cover artinterior illustrations, and textual material) We ask that authors follow the stylistic guidelines appropriate to their discipline in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.

After the press receives the manuscript, it is copy-edited for substance and style, designed, typeset, printed, and bound. The author is given the opportunity to review the copyedited manuscript and later receives page proofs, which allow the author to check for typographical errors and to prepare the index. Because of the high cost of making changes in proof, only corrections of typographical errors are accepted in proof. While the book is being produced, its publication plan (print run, price, and publication date) is developed, promotional copy is written, and a sales campaign is planned.