Administrative information for authors
Here you will find a variety of administrative, promotional, and accounting forms, most available in PDF format. (You will need the latest version of the Adobe Reader in order to view and print most of these forms.)
For Journals Publishing
If you are interested in contributing an article or review to a journal published by The MIT Press, please visit http://mitpressjournals.org and select the journal of your choice. Submission and editorial contact information can be found in the left-hand sidebar of each journal's homepage.
For Book Publishing
Submitting a Proposal
If you would like to submit a proposal by email, please check with the appropriate editor before doing so, as different editors have different submission requirements and review schedules. Your initial inquiry, which may be sent by post or email, should simply describe the project, the author(s)/editor(s), the field(s) of discourse to which it belongs, and the reasons for writing/preparing the book--in a few paragraphs. Do not send actual manuscripts, sample chapters, or attachments with images to editors unless you are specifically invited to do so. A list of editors and the subject areas they are affiliated with may be found under "Acquisitions" heading on our staff page.
Please select only one editor with whom to confer about your proposal; if your project would be better served by another editor, your first contact will refer you to the appropriate individual.
The Author Questionnaire should not be used by authors submitting proposals. This document is only for authors of books that are already under contract.
Author Questionnaire, standard form:
- Word Document
- PDF (This PDF version contains forms and requires the full version of Adobe Acrobat. It will not work with Adobe Reader).
Author Questionnaire, form for textbook authors:
- Word Document
- PDF (This PDF version contains forms and requires the full version of Adobe Acrobat. It will not work with Adobe Reader.)
Guidelines for Authors, Editors, and Contributors:
- Guidelines for Authors of Monographs
- Guidelines for Contributors
- Guidelines for Volume Editors
- Guidelines for Preparing an Index
- Guidelines for Working in TeX
- Guidelines for Page Layout by the Author
- Guidelines for Art
Requests for electronic files of MIT Press books
The practice of the MIT Press is not to distribute unsecured electronic versions of MIT Press books unless we have previously agreed to publish them as open access editions. Authors who would like access to final PDF versions of their own books or book chapters on or after publication may request these files for limited use in their own research or writing. (Pre-publication files are not available.) We ask that authors refrain from posting book files or distributing them to students, colleagues, or anyone else. This is to protect their own interest in the work as well that of the press. Unsecured PDFs can quickly make their way to file sharing sites where illegal copies of copyrighted works are available for download.
If you require digital files of your book for personal use, please contact your acquisitions editor. If your request is for course use, please contact our textbook manager, Michelle Pullano.
Digital Partners and Products
The MIT Press offers books and journals in a variety of formats. We work with leading vendors and content aggregators and host several of our own collections.
We are pleased to offer the MIT Press e-books store, where you can browse and purchase full-text, online access to recent MIT Press titles. The e-books sold on this site are fully searchable and can be stored on your personal digital bookshelf. New titles are added to this store on a regular basis; just look for the e-book buy button on specific book pages, or head right to the store at mitpress-ebooks.mit.edu.
MIT Press publishes over 30 journals in a wide variety of disciplines, all of which are available online in full text. Both libraries and individuals can purchase e-only subscriptions to MIT Press journals such as International Security, World Policy Journal, Daedalus, and African Arts, through our website: mitpressjournals.org.
MIT CogNet is the online location for the brain and cognitive science community’s scientific research and interchange. The platform provides the full text of more than 550 books and reference works and access to the full text of six MIT Press Journals. New titles are added each season.
The following programs carry many of our titles. Each collection and service has its own pricing and delivery system.
- Amazon Kindle
- Barnes &Noble Digital Nook
- Google Editions
- Apple iBookstore
- University Readers
Royalty Payments and Tax Information
Overview of tax and royalty information
( Royalty payments, tax treaty procedures, and claims for MIT Press authors)
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-7
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-7 Instructions
(Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) - for non-US citizens
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN
(Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding) for non-US citizens
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN Instructions
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W8BEN-E
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W8BEN-E Instructions
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form SS-4
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form SS-4 Instructions
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-8EXP
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-8EXP Instructions
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W9
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W9 Instructions