SAGE India, and its related imprints,
publish topical debates in all areas of the
social sciences and contemporary business
books for professionals, academics and students.
Our acquisitions editors always search for
the most current and important materials to
publish. Our aggressive direct mail promotion
reaches academics, professionals/practitioners,
scholars and students. This is supplemented
by a network of stockists in most cities in
India and the rest of South Asia. With the
advantage of our affiliates in California
and London, we are able to provide each book
with a vigorous marketing campaign to maximise
its global sales potential. We publish the
best work at all levels--professional books,
reference books, handbooks and textbooks.
Our acquisitions editors not only evaluate
prospective publications, they take an active
role in developing projects. They make suggestions
based on both professional experience and
critique from outside peer reviewers for developing
the project into the best possible book.
More information on publishing your book
Guidelines for authors planning to submit
a book proposal
The following list is intended both as a
guide to the points the author(s) should consider
when planning a book, and to the information
we need in order to consider a new book proposal.
Background: Please describe the background
to the book (e.g., is it derived from research,
practice or teaching).
Rationale: A brief description of
the rationale behind the proposal. What are
the books main themes and objectives?
Approach: Description and reasons
for the approach adopted.
Features: What aspects of the proposal
would you emphasise as being of most importance?
Are there any deliberate omissions? Any other
features you would like taken into account.
Readership: Who is the book primarily
aimed at? Who will buy it? Who will read it?
Would this subject have international appeal?
If so, where? Is the subject area of the proposal
Level: What level of ability is assumed
of the readerundergraduate, postgraduate,
researcher, teacher or professional. To what
level does the book take the reader?
Courses: Is the book intended as
a main text, supplementary text, reference
only or as a more general book? For which
taught courses would you hope to see it recommended?
Competing Works: Which existing books
in the area are closest to your proposal and
how do they compare? How would your book be
different, similar, or, of course, superior.
Please list the unique features of your proposed
Outline: Provisional list of contents
and working title, including chapter headings
and subheadings and paragraph-length chapter
descriptions explaining what you intend to
cover in each chapter. It is important to
provide sufficient detail to give an accurate
impression of the nature of your manuscript.
We prefer, initially, that you submit your
prospectus, outline, and one or two sample
chapters rather than the entire manuscript.
Length: Estimated overall length
including references and footnotes.
Schedule: Is the first draft completed?
When do you expect to have your final manuscript
Illustrations: How many tables, diagrams
or illustrations will there be?
Author: What experience, background,
or other qualifications do you bring to the
project? Please attach your current curriculum
Referees: Names and addresses of
people whom you would regard as suitably qualified
to comment on the proposal.
the book proposal form.
SAGE Indias fast expanding journal
programme reflects a commitment to publishing
research of the highest quality on an international
scale. At every step we emphasise quality
of service, professionalism and an understanding
of the needs of editors and learned societies
as our publishing partners. Our commitment
to dissemination through vigorous international
marketing is unrivalled and widely acclaimed.
Guidelines for preparing a proposal for
a new journal
The following are the issues which any journal
proposal should address.
Aims and Scope
What are the aims and scope of the journal?
Who is it for, at what intellectual level
and what disciplines?
What disciplines or subdisciplines will
How international will the journal be and
how will this be reflected in the editorial
Rationale for the Journal
Why is the journal needed?
What is the background to the proposal in
terms of the current and future development
of the field?
How will the journal relate to relevant
existing journals and what will your journal
offer that these do not?
How confident are you of not only finding
an audience for the journal, but also of generating
sufficient high quality contributions?
Editorial Board and Administration
Who would be the journals editors?
Whom would you invite to be members of the
How is the administration of the journal
proposed to be handled and what role, if any,
do you see the editorial board playing in
Format of the Journal
Please provide some details of how you envisage
the content and structure of the journal.
What will be the balance between theoretical,
empirical/research-based and practice-oriented
What will the journal feature for example
book reviews, review essays and special thematic
How many issues would you envisage annually?
Who, and in what fields, would subscribe
to the journal? Could you approximately quantify
your perception of the size of the market
in terms of potential subscribersboth individual
Would the market be easy to reach? For example,
which associations/societies would the readership
Where is the work in this area being done
and at what sort of institutions? What is
the geographical spread of the work?
Is there currently and/or will there be,
a teaching as well as a research base for
this work to solidify demand?
When do you see the first issue of the journal
Download the journal proposal form.