Frequently asked questions (FAQ):


Do you publish PhD dissertations?

ANU Press (like most academic publishers) does not generally publish theses. The proper place to look at publishing your thesis online is the Australasian Digital Theses Program. If you are interested in rewriting your thesis into a book, then you may wish to submit a proposal to the relevant Editorial Board before beginning the process so that they can raise any questions or concerns they may have. Authors wanting to rewrite their thesis into a book are advised to consult the following resources:


How long does the publishing process take?

The manuscript approval process is dependent upon the relevant Editorial Board and ANU Press is unable to guarantee the time that this may take. When your manuscript is accepted for publication, ANU Press commences the production cycle, which is very swift. Most finalised manuscripts take no longer than a month or two to publish (depending on the nature of the manuscript and the speed of authorial and editorial developments).


Who determines which books are published?

Once a proposal has been submitted to ANU Press, you will be contacted by a representative from one of the disciplinary-based Editorial Boards on campus. The manuscript will undergo a double-blind peer review process in which at least two referee reports will be obtained (at least one external to ANU) before the Editorial Board determines whether the work is to be published by ANU Press. ANU Press is also involved in the digitisation and republication of out of print works of high standard (including works previously published by ANU Press) and we welcome enquiries regarding republication.


Are you interested in co-publishing?

ANU Press is always open to discussing co-publication arrangements (and we have co-published a wide range of titles). However, do keep in mind that many traditional publishers frown on the idea of publishing a print version of a text that is available for free download as an ebook.


Who owns copyright to ANU Press titles?

Unless stated otherwise, the author retains copyright to their work while ANU Press retains exclusive worldwide rights for the electronic distribution of the book. Further information on ANU copyright is available.


Can I submit my book to another publisher after ANU Press has published it?

ANU Press is always open to discussing co-publication arrangements (and we have co-published a wide range of titles). However, do keep in mind that many traditional publishers frown on the idea of publishing a print version of a text that is available for free download.


Are ANU Press publications eligible for HERDC/DIISRTE points?

All ANU Press publications are eligible for HERDC/DIISRTE points. ANU Press produces fully peer-reviewed works and is listed by DIISRTE on their Register of Acceptable Commercial Publishers, enabling ANU Press authors to claim points under the Higher Education Research Data Collection scheme. Information on publication output types and categories is available from Research Services.


Why should I submit my book to ANU Press? What are the benefits for authors?

ANU Press offers several advantages over traditional scholarly publishers:

  • All ANU Press titles combine quality peer review with fast production times. Once accepted, electronic publications reach their targeted audience without long lead times.
  • Because there is no charge for downloading our titles and the reach of titles is global, rates of access are very high. Download statistics are regularly provided, showing how many whole books and chapters have been downloaded per month.
  • ANU Press authors are participating in a global process of ‘public good’ by supporting the free dissemination of scholarly information.
  • ANU Press also provides an outlet for scholarly writing that may not have been considered for publication through traditional means because of small print runs or other limiting economic factors.

What kind of books does ANU Press publish?

ANU Press was created to make available the intellectual output of the academic community, and publishes works covering the broad range of disciplines researched, including humanities, the arts, social sciences, business and economics, law and science.


How do I submit a manuscript?

The information for authors page explains how to submit a manuscript to ANU Press for publication and describes the publishing process from submission to publication.


What ebook formats does ANU Press publish and what do readers need to access them?

ANU Press titles are formatted for easy reading on personal computers, tablets (such as an iPad), mobile phones (iPhones, Blackberries, etc), and ebook readers (Kindle, Sony Reader, Nook, etc.) All you need is your personal computer, laptop or ebook reader. If you’d like to view PDF versions of books, please ensure that you have the most recent version of Adobe Reader on your computer system (can be freely downloaded from Adobe), or the relevant software on your phone, tablet or ebook reader. You can view online titles through any internet browser. ePub and mobi files are suitable for downloading onto mobile phones, ebook readers, tablets and computers. In some instances, limited file types may be available for download. Many organisations, libraries and websites provide links to ANU Press titles and we encourage this practice rather than offsite hosting of titles. If you find a broken link to us or our titles, please let us know.


Does ANU Press publish older books in digital formats?

Some of ANU Press’ republications and older books are currently available only as PDF files. These are undergoing format migration and will soon be available in all other formats as part of the ANU Press digital preservation strategy to make sure these books remain as widely accessible as possible.


What's the best way to link to an ANU Press book? What should I do if I find a broken link?

If you are referencing an ANU Press book by URL, it is best to use the book’s citation page rather than the book’s PDF download page. Referring readers to the book’s citation page ensures readers can find a book’s details or metadata and all the available formats. If you find an outdated or broken link to the ANU Press website, please let us know right away by emailing