For Authors

Why choose Leiden University Press?

Leiden University Press is a choice for academic quality and worldwide distribution. LUP’s goal is to support and stimulate scholarship by way of academic publications. The quality of the content of the publications is therefore most important. Book proposals and manuscripts are evaluated by scholarly standards, editorial board and external peer review.

Although LUP publishes from Leiden University, the press is active worldwide. Working together with Amsterdam University Press, with the University of Chicago Press in the USA and with NBN International for the rest of the world, LUP has a marketing and distribution network that reaches the entire international academic market.

Peer review procedure

Prior to publication, all manuscripts are assessed by an independent Editorial Advisory Board and external specialist readers to ensure the highest academic standards. Combined with a service-oriented and personal approach this peer review process defines our publishing policy.

Following a positive response from the Editorial Advisory Board, the final manuscript will be sent to two specialist readers for expert advice. The publishing decision depends on the advice of the reviewers and the Editorial Advisory Board and cannot be contested.

In case of a positive decision, authors/editors will receive a proposal for publication and financing. In some cases the authors may be asked to revise the work before receiving a final proposal for publication. In case of a negative review, Leiden University Press will not publish your manuscript.

Submitting a publishing proposal

We look forward to receiving your proposal or manuscript! Please use this form to present your publication proposal to our board. To submit a proposal you can contact: Saskia Gieling, managing publisher via: 

Without ruling out topics from outside these fields of interest, LUP focuses on a number of subject areas: Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, History & Archaeology, Asian Studies, Linguistics, Law, and Political Science.

Style sheet

When preparing your manuscript, please use this style sheet with editorial and bibliographical instructions.