BERG Publishers

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About the company Berg Publishers is an independent, academic publisher. Though our offices are in Oxford, UK, we have always placed a very strong emphasis on global publishing and have an established network of international agents and distributors. Currently, Berg publishes around 60 new titles a year and has approximately 1000 titles in print and a cutting-edge journals programme.

Author Care Berg places special emphasis on being able to offer personal service to its authors. We pride ourselves on responding quickly to proposals. We work closely with our authors from the initial conception of a project, through its development, production and marketing, to its sales and reviews. Publishing with Berg means working with committed and knowledgeable publishing professionals. Here, authors will not find themselves shunted from department to department or constantly speaking to voicemail. At Berg, authors are always involved in the process of publishing.

Academic Excellence We have gained an excellent reputation in academic publishing. Book proposals go through a rigorous editorial process, and we ensure scholarly quality by seeking external peer reviews. Beyond positive reviews in leading academic journals, our books have also won numerous awards.

Marketing & Distribution Berg Publishers has a worldwide network of reps and agents. In North America, we are distributed through Palgrave Macmillan. We have always been adept at getting our books reviewed in the national press. In addition to the traditional forms of marketing — advertising, conference attendance, direct mail catalogues — we are constantly exploring opportunities on the internet and via email.

Production Values We take great pride in the design of our books. Since books are indeed often judged by their covers, we take care to ensure that jacket designs are visually arresting. Our books look modern and exciting. Internal illustrations and text design are also given careful attention since we feel the visual presentation enhances the intellectual content.

Source: [Berg Publishers - For Authors]

Current Publications:


Below is a set of guidelines designed to guide you through the process of submitting a proposal. Please set out the proposal as clearly as possible. Use single spacing. Follow the points below. Bear in mind that reviewers will judge the proposal solely on its contents and how it is presented. We prefer to receive proposals via email if possible.

Contact the appropriate editor below if you would like to discuss your proposal at any point.

  • Tristan Palmer, Editorial Director (Contact for: Design; Interior Design; Cultural History Reference)
  • Julia Hall, Senior Editor (Contact for: Fashion; Textiles)
  • Anna Wright, Assistant Editor (Contact for: Anthropology)


  • Rationale
  • 500 words summarising the book and its context


  • Three key selling points for your book – ie: why anyone will buy it and why it does what other books don't but should

Contents list

  • Full contents list (noting editorial matter, sections and contributors, if any)

Contents summary

  • Full contents list again, but with 100-200 word summary of each chapter.
  • If edited please supply departmental and university affiliations of all contributors and note if they have or have not already agreed to contribute

Writing schedule and word length

  • When do you plan to submit the full manuscript for review? How many words do you plan to submit?


  • If artwork needs to be included please specify type and number of images - ie: halftones, line drawings - and whether you anticipate any permissions fees will need to be paid.


  • Specify the target core disciplines & the level of readership. Specify possible secondary disciplines & the level of readership. If your book is designed for undergraduate use, describe as precisely as possible those courses for which it might be required or recommended reading, and whether or not it will cover a whole course or part of it - ie: The book is designed to cover the entire theoretical component of an introductory new media course but will also be secondary reading on 2nd/3rd year courses on "Technocultures" in Cultural Studies and on "Technology & Society" in Sociology.

Related/Competing titles

  • Provide details on books which have a similar readership (noting title, author, price, length and publication date). Note both the strengths and weaknesses of these competing texts.


  • Prepare a brief biography of the authors/editors, noting current title and affiliation, major published works, focus of research and teaching interests, and current contact details, both address and email.