Understand the different stages in the scholarly publishing process, including:

  • writing and formatting in the preferred style of the publisher or journal
  • understanding author responsibilities
  • submitting your article and what happens in editorial review
  • peer review and peer review training opportunities
  • avoiding unethical publishers.

7. Book publishing

Whether you are writing, or thinking of writing, a book (monograph), a textbook or turning your thesis into a book, there are some important considerations to think about before you start.

  • Do you own the rights to publish your research or textbook?
    • If you wrote the material with co-authors you will need to seek their permission as all co-authors will share copyright
    • If you have included third-party copyright material you will need to seek the permission from the copyright owner
  • Are there any restrictions or conditions on publishing your work?
    • Check if any of the material is commercial-in-confidence
    • Check your funding or research agreement for:
      • conditions on publishing the results of your research via an open access repository such as UQ eSpace
      • restrictions or requirements on how and when you publish your research.

Choosing and assessing a publisher

Choose a publisher that is well regarded in your discipline, aligns with the topic of your book and will enhance your academic career. Check the Books section of Subject guides in your discipline for relevant publishers.

Make sure you investigate and assess potential publishers before making any commitment using the Think Check Submit checklist for Books and Chapters - especially if you have received unsolicited emails from publishers inviting you to publish your thesis or research as a book.

Ask other UQ researchers about their experience with a particular publisher.
Locate UQ researchers who have published with a particular publisher by doing an Advanced search in UQ eSpace:

  1. select the Publisher field, enter the potential publisher
  2. select Book for the Work type
  3. sort by Date created
  4. optionally, select a relevant subject from the subject filter (to the right of the screen)
  5. click through to a record, the UQ authors or editors will be in green text.

Commercial publishing

Commercial publishers have a publishing process (PDF, 133.5 KB) that is selective and provides copy-editing, proofreading editorial support and marketing.


Self-publishing enables authors to have control over the publishing process without the involvement of a publisher.

Create open textbooks

Open Textbooks @ UQ is an open book design, editing and publishing platform. Find, create, adopt and adapt open books for your courses.

Vanity publishing

Vanity publishers charge a fee for publishing (and possibly distributing) an author’s work and are popular with authors of novels, fan fiction, poetry or short stories, or those writing memoirs or family histories. There is nothing inherently wrong with paying someone to publish your book, but there are some vanity publishing considerations.

Be aware that where you choose to publish your book will determine whether it will be counted for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) as a traditional output.