The writing process

Your editor is your primary point of contact during the writing process and will be very happy to answer any queries or discuss any concerns with you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch. A full list of editorial contacts is available here. Please do keep us posted on your progress and on any changes to the project or potential problems that might affect the submission date for your manuscript.

Clearing permission to use copyright material in your book

It is essential that all necessary permissions are cleared before your final manuscript is submitted. Rowman and Littlefield International maintains an FAQ document that offers guidance on obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material in your manuscript. Please contact the relevant editorial contact for your discipline to request the FAQ.

It also important to use an appropriate letter format when clearing permission with copyright holders. In order to ensure that you're provided with all the necessary rights, contact the relevant editorial contact for your discipline, who will be able to provide you with an official Rowman & Littlefield International permission request template. Using this document will ensure your request meets the correct legal standards.

PLS has also developed a free web service called PLSclear that makes the process of securing permission more straightforward.

How it works

1. Search the 50 million records on the PLSclear database for the title you need.

2. Use the interactive form to provide some details about what you want to reuse and how you will be reusing it. The questions have been written by leading rights specialists, so you will be providing the information that enables rightsholders to make a quick decision.

3. Press send. The request is sent to the person responsible for the title. They will then respond to you directly. The time taken varies from publisher to publisher but can take from 2-8 weeks to gain permission, although it is likely to be quicker as you have provided all the information they need to make a decision.

It may also be helpful to track your progress in clearing permissions using a permissions tracker. Contact the relevant editorial contact for your discipline, who will supply you with a Rowman & Littlefield International permissions tracker. We request you submit this document to us when supplying your final manuscript.

Submitting your manuscript

We provide clear guidelines for authors that detail our house style and full instructions on how to present and submit your final manuscript. Download them by clicking the following link: RLI Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Your main editorial contact at Rowman & Littlefield International will supply you with an author marketing questionnaire. The information you supply here will assist us in maximising the marketing and publicity opportunities for your book. Please ensure that the completed document is submitted alongside your final manuscript.

Guidelines on how to present illustrations and tables in your manuscript are available here: RLI Illustrations Tables Guidelines

We have also compiled some specific guidelines for volume editors of edited collections: RLI Edited Collections Guidelines

If you are revising your PhD dissertation for book publication, you might find these additional guidelines useful: RLI Author Guidelines Revising your PhD

The production process

We aim to ensure a smooth and efficient production process and use the latest technologies to give us the greatest flexibility in production methods.

Once your final manuscript has been approved and accepted by our publishing board, it will be passed to our production colleagues at Rowman & Littlefield in Lanham, Maryland. A production editor will be assigned to your project and will see the manuscript through the copyediting, typesetting and proofreading stages to print and delivery to our warehouses, in the case of printed books, and release to the various eBook vendors, in the case of digital editions.

Once your manuscript is in production, the copyeditor will be in touch with you directly with any queries he or she has, or, if those queries are relatively minor, he or she might choose to address them at proof stage. You will receive one set of proofs, by email, together with instructions and a deadline for submitting your corrections.

The index for your book will be completed at proof stage. As the author, you are the person most familiar with your book and therefore we would encourage you to undertake the index yourself. Full instructions for compiling the index, and a deadline for doing so, will be supplied with the page proofs. If necessary, we can arrange for a professional indexer to compile the index on your behalf. Please let your editor know as soon as possible if you would prefer us to arrange this.