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 geographical 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 are looking 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


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 mail to the appropriate editor (see below) c/o Editorial Department, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA. You may also email your book proposal and documents to the Editorial Department. For general inquiries, please email the press using our Contact Form or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details.


Our team of acquisitions editors carefully reviews each book manuscript that is received at UH Press. Because we are a small staff who receives numerous manuscripts each year, we as ask that you please allow 8-10 weeks for initial manuscript review.

Pamela Kelley, Executive Editor

  • East Asian literature, fiction in translation, and cinema
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • South and Southeast Asian studies

Series: Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning, and Memory; Critical Interventions; Modern Korean Fiction

Stephanie Chun, Acquisitions Editor

  • East Asian language and reference, religion, history, philosophy
  • Buddhist studies

Series: Asia Pop!; Contemporary Buddhism; Dimensions of Asian Spirituality; Hawai‘i Studies on Korea; Kuroda Institute Classics in East Asian Buddhism; and Studies in East Asian Buddhism

Masako Ikeda, Acquisitions Editor

  • Pacific Islands studies
  • Asian American studies
  • World history

Debra Tang, Editorial Associate
Emma Ching, Editorial Associate

Coordinates and organizes manuscript files per editorial requirements


If your proposal appeals to the acquisitions editor and is accepted for further review, you will be asked to submit a complete manuscript. We try to respond to prospective authors as promptly as possible, but we ask your patience. Because of the volume of proposals and manuscripts that we receive, and the expense of postage, we are unable to return manuscripts unless you provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Be sure to send us a clean copy of your manuscript, not the original.

After initial evaluation in-house, each manuscript deemed worthy is sent for peer review to two external readers—experts in appropriate fields of study—who submit detailed reports of their assessments. Manuscripts that receive favorable reports are presented to a faculty editorial board for acceptance or rejection.


Once the work is accepted, a contract is drawn up between the author and the press. More often than not, the author is asked to revise the manuscript in response to the suggestions of the peer reviewers. 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.


A university press could not disseminate new scholarly knowledge without the assistance of peer reviewers who are experts in their field of study.

As a member of the Association of University Presses (AUP), we expect our peer reviewers to adhere to a standard set of ethical guidelines, as outlined below and in the organization’s Peer Review Handbook.

We do not reveal the names of our peer reviewers and we leave peer review selection to the discretion of our book series and journals editors.

If you are interested and qualified to be a peer reviewer, you may address your query and a current resume/CV to the attention of our Acquisitions Department. Click here to Contact Us.


Contribution to Editorial Decisions: Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Promptness: Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Confidentiality: Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously formulated should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest: Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.