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The University of Rochester Press publishes scholarly books in the areas of musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, African studies, Central European studies, early modern European history, gender and race in twentieth century America, and the history of medicine.

Before submitting a proposal, please be sure we publish in your subject area, and therefore would be an appropriate publisher for your work.


Authors wishing to submit a project for consideration to the University of Rochester Press should send a brief note of introduction, a completed book proposal form, an updated curriculum vitae, a preliminary table of contents, and a brief prospectus including a description of the project to the Editorial Director. You may choose to include a sample chapter, but complete manuscripts should not be sent unless invited. Please inform us if you have submitted your proposal simultaneously to other publishers, as we do not normally evaluate manuscripts under consideration elsewhere.

Books we do not publish: We generally do not publish work outside the areas listed with the series editors’ names below. We do not consider fiction and poetry. We do not normally consider unrevised doctoral dissertations.

Unsolicited material: While we welcome your submissions, the University of Rochester Press is not responsible for any unsolicited manuscripts, photos, or artwork. It is not our policy to return proposals, so please do not send originals. If you wish to have your materials returned to you, please be sure to include an SASE with sufficient postage.

First-time authors are encouraged to consult William P. Germano’s Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books.

Changing Perspectives on Early Modern Europe

Series Editors: Mack Holt and James Collins

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Eastman | Rochester Studies in Ethnomusicology

Series Editor: Ellen Koskoff

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Eastman Studies in Music

Series Editor: Ralph Locke

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Gender and Race in American History

Series Editors: Alison Parker and Carol Faulkner

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Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

Series Editor: Toyin Falola

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Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe

Series Editor: Timothy Snyder

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Rochester Studies in Medical History

Series Editor: Theodore Brown

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Rochester Studies in Medieval Political Thought

Series Editor: Douglas Kries and Joshua Parens

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Text Preparation Guidelines

As you prepare your manuscript for delivery, please be certain to consult our Author’s Manuscript Guide. All authors submitting images with their manuscript—especially images in electronic form—please consult our Art Submission Requirements. If your manuscript will contain musical examples, please consult our guide for submitting musical examples.

For information about preparing your index, please consult the chapter on Indexes from the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.

For additional guidance on preparing your manuscript for submission, please download our Author Guidelines and any relevant series stylesheet.

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The Manuscript Evaluation Process

All manuscript submitted to the University of Rochester Press will undergo peer review. Once the internal editor and series editor has considered your project, we will send it to expert referees for closer evaluation. Referees may advise for or against publication, but in most cases will offer specific suggestions for revision prior to acceptance for publication. We generally allow six to eight weeks for manuscript evaluation. Authors are given the opportunity to read and respond to reader reports.

If publication is recommended by the readers, your project will be proposed first the advisory panel of the series for which you have submitted your manuscript, and then to the URP editorial board. A contract will only be offered on advice from the editorial board. Other considerations for the press include the length and complexity of your work, its potential audience, the quality of the manuscript, the number and quality of illustrations, and the project’s appropriateness to our list.

The URP editorial board represents the interests of the University of Rochester and its commitment to excellence. Each proposal is reviewed carefully and deliberately, as our reader reports and an author’s plans for revision. On occasion, the editorial board may request that confirming evaluations be obtained before a manuscript is passed for publication.

Once you submit your final manuscript, the managing editor will also review your files and manuscript and may request that you make further changes in accordance with our guidelines for manuscript preparation and delivery of materials.

Publication Schedule

The typical schedule for the copyediting, production, and printing of a book is 12 to 14 months, from delivery of final materials to bound book, but this can vary according to the number of books we have in the production queue, the season, and of course your personal and professional obligations and the speed with which you can review copyedited manuscript, typeset page proofs, and so forth. You will also be responsible for the creation of the index for your book, or for hiring a professional indexer. Our manuscript editorial and production staff will be in touch with you throughout the process.

Marketing your Book

The following form is for use by existing, contracted URP authors.

Author Marketing Brief

Information supplied will be used to prepare jacket and catalogue copy, define specialist mailings and advertising, brief our sales force and explore promotion possibilities.

Author Discounts, Terms and Conditions

As one of our authors, you are entitled to a discount on any books that we publish or distribute. If you are ordering copies of your own book, you are entitled to higher rates of discount. To take advantage of this, please contact us separately, as our online ordering system does not apply these discounts.

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