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Handbook for Academic Authors


  • 12 b/w illus. 2 tables
  • Page extent: 340 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.475 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 808/.02
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PN146 .L84 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Authorship
    • Authors and publishers
    • Forest ecology--Australia--Victoria--History

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521891981 | ISBN-10: 0521891981)

DOI: 10.2277/0521891981

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published August 2002

Replaced by 9780521144094

 (Stock level updated: 02:09 GMT, 28 November 2015)


Are you trying to publish an article or monograph, revise a dissertation, create a new textbook, compile an anthology, or write a trade book? Should you sign the publishing contract you have been offered? Is it wise to publish in an electronic journal? How much can you expect to earn from your writing? What are your legal and ethical responsibilities as an author? What can you expect from your publisher? In the fourth edition of this widely recommended book, Beth Luey offers answers to these questions, as well as practical advice on negotiating a contract, preparing an electronic manuscript, seeking permission to reproduce text or artwork, choosing illustrations, and indexing. She also suggests ways to write clearly not only for one's peers but also for students and general readers. A chapter on the business side of publishing explains costs and pricing for print and electronic products. This edition brings advice to academic authors fully into the age of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Both text and bibliography have been completely updated. A new chapter evaluates various electronic media for different kinds of publications and suggests ways for the technologically ambitious author to use them to best advantage.

• Revised with new information about electronic publishing and contributing to on-line journals • A resource that helps authors to understand scholarly publishers, and reminds publishers of responsibility to authors • Extensive annotated bibliography helps authors locate valuable resources and programs


1. The publishing partnership; 2. Journal articles; 3. Revising a dissertation; 4. Finding a publisher for the scholarly book; 5. Working with your publisher; 6. Multiauthor books and anthologies; 7. Finding a publisher for the college textbook; 8. Working with your textbook publisher; 9. Books for general readers; 10. The mechanics of authorship; 11. Costs and prices; 12. Electronic publishing.


'Beth Luey has written the kind of basic text you might think has been around for years. Well it hasn't been, and now it finally is. The text is sensible and fair to all parties involved in academic publishing. Her book is especially noteworthy for disabusing authors of unrealistic expectations, while recalling to scholarly publishers their obligations to their authors no less than to the bottom line.' Irving Louis Horowitz, Rutgers University

'… should be required reading for scholar/authors, or would be authors … her book is a lucid and valuable primer that renders a needed service to academic authors and publishers alike.' Scholarly Publishing

'This practical, informal and knowledgeable handbook is a fine guide to the highways and byways of academic publishing. It should be of considerable value to perspective authors.' Lewis A. Coster, State University of New York, Stony Brook

'Anyone from a graduate student to the still hyperkinetic producer (of textbooks or monographs or in between) can learn from this straightforward, sober, thorough, orderly, and practical guide, reinforced by classified, annotated, and evaluative bibliography.' American Literature

'Put this book into the hands of most of the young writers you know. It is neither pedantic nor patronizing. It will help them think better about writing and publishing. It could be read with profit by all academics.' Alan H. Brush, CBE Views (Council of Biology Editors)

'It is written in simple straightforward language and in an informal and reader-friendly style.' British Journal of Education Technology

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