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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.

Author Questionnaire

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:

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 any reason, 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.

Digital Products

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. 

Digital Partners

The following programs carry many of our titles.  Each collection and service has its own pricing and delivery system. 

Royalty Payments and Tax Information

Overview of tax and royalty information 
( Royalty payments, tax treaty procedures, and claims for MIT Press authors)