Submit a book proposal

This page contains information on how to submit your proposal to the IET.

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If you have an idea for a research-level book in radar, energy engineering, computing, telecommunications and networks, control theory, sensors and robotics, electronic materials, circuits and devices, intelligent transportation and healthcare technologies then we’d love to hear from you.We focus on edited books that review the latest research developments in these technologies, but we will also consider authored books and textbooks for advanced students.

To submit your proposal please complete our proposal form and email it to us at author_support@theiet.org.

A great proposal should cover what you wish your book to be about, the key ideas and chapters you wish to include, and details of those who would be involved. Don’t forget to include what makes your book unique, your target audience and an idea of the current competition. It is a good idea to have a rough schedule and length in mind, however, we appreciate that our authors are busy professionals, so we are flexible with our timetables and aim to agree on a realistic schedule for the book.

Length of the book

At present we are unable to accept books shorter than 250pp, and books over 750pp would likely be split into two volumes. In addition, if you have part or all of a manuscript completed please mention this in the proposal. We do not require a manuscript at the proposal stage, but a sample chapter, if you have one, may be helpful at the later review stage.

Types of book

One of the key decisions you need to make is what type of book you wish to propose. These notes should help you decide:

  • Edited books: You act as an Editor, and assemble a team of chapter authors. The chapters need to complement one another to provide a cohesive and complete coverage of the topic. The team of authors should be international, representing the leading groups in the respective areas. Authors from industry are highly welcome as well. If the work is based upon a conference, the chapters need to be re-written to present the latest, original research, and to adhere to a common style, length, level, and use of symbols and notation. Additional contributors may be invited to fill any coverage gaps. An introductory chapter is often helpful to provide context for the ensuing chapters. A final chapter can convey conclusions, and also outline open challenges and questions. A bibliography is useful at the chapter ends, to facilitate use of individual chapters separately.

  • Authored books: These are in-depth explorations of a topic written by you as a single author or with a small team of co-authors. Since you are writing all of the chapters you can ensure a coherent style and approach, although the workload is more than if you edit a book. The monographs need to provide a comprehensive, coherent overview of the topic, conveying the latest knowledge and research. A logical build-up and case studies are helpful for researchers in academe and industry, and also for advanced students. In case of multi volume works, each volume should be able to stand independently, which increases flexibility in addressing different audience groups.

  • Reference books and handbooks: These are longer, often multi-volume books. They need to be as comprehensive in their coverage of the topic as possible, and the scope should be broad as well as clearly defined. The multidisciplinary technical articles and real-industry case studies included need to systematically encompass all related techniques, methods and approaches, and be written by a large international team of contributors. Strict adherence to a uniform chapter style and structure is a necessity, and so is a glossary of used terms and definitions.

  • Advanced level textbooks: These are aimed at final year undergraduates, master and postgraduate students, and experienced researchers learning new fields. The topics should be widely taught and you should expect some adoptions of the book. Proposals need to be accompanied by endorsements of related institutions; end of chapter exercises are necessary, ideally with separate solutions or and solution hints. The chapters need to have a logical, didactical build-up. Use of uniform length, level, symbols and notation is critical. Please note that we do not publish textbooks at the introductory (first two years of university) level.

What happens after you submit your proposal?

Once you have completed and returned the proposal form to author_suppport@theiet.org, one of our commissioning editors will review it and contact you with any queries they have. The proposal will then be sent out for peer-review to experts in the field, asking them for their opinion on whether a book in this area is justified and for their comments on your choice of topics. The reviews are shared with you so that, if necessary, any feedback or adjustments can be added to a revised proposal. Finally, our in-house publishing committee reach a decision at their monthly meeting on whether to publish your book. If they give the go-ahead then we’ll negotiate terms with you and, once the contract is signed, you can begin assembling your team of contributors and start writing the book.

We aim to give you a decision on your project within six weeks of submission of your proposal.