The Edwin Mellen Press is a publisher of scholarly books acquired by research libraries throughout the world.
Specialized research scholarship:
The Press also publishes one hundred continuing series, academic journals, and the research generated by several scholarly institutes.
The Press publishes original poetry through the Mellen Poetry Press.
Approximately 400 new titles yearly including works in German, French, Spanish, Russian and other languages.
Yes. The Press was established in Canada in 1974, the United States in 1978, Great Britain in 1987, and Austria in 1993.
Yes. Our books are purchased by research libraries in over 60 countries.
In addition to North America and the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Australia, Japan, and Africa are among our larger customers.
The Principal editors are Professor Herbert Richardson (formerly of the University of Toronto), Professor Watson Mills, Founding Director (retired) of Mercer University Press; and Dr. John Rupnow, Director of The Edwin Mellen Press.
The Press exclusively publishes very specialized monograph and reference books which are targeted primarily at research libraries. It does not try to bridge into the textbook or general readership market.
It means that all Mellen books must make a specific contribution to scholarship which advances research in its field.
All books must have:
Mellen books are printed on acid-free paper (with a 100-year shelf life) and have full-cloth library bindings.
You need to be clear about the following items;
What is the topic of your book?
What is its specific contribution to scholarship?
What is the proposed content?
What is your scholarly training? (Send C.V. if possible).
What is your address and phone number (day/ evening)?
No. We will review either your proposal or a complete manuscript.
Yes. If your proposal is acceptable, we may issue a contract committing ourselves to your project pending a reading of the final manuscript.
The evaluation of manuscript proposals is the responsibility of the editorial board, Mellen staff editors or scholars appointed by Mellen to perform this function.
Our policy is to decide on all proposals and manuscripts within 60 days.
Today, most authors write on computers and have access to laser printers. Therefore, we require the submission of laser-printed camera-ready copy. We print from this text.
Yes. But you must provide us with clean, clear black-and-white or color glossy prints.
Mellen will require a color or black and white illustration, photo, or graphic for the cover of the book, and a color photo of the author or editor for the back cover to be printed with 40 - 75 words of information.
Mellen will also print a color or black and white frontispiece, and will include a color or black and white section of illustrations in the center.
It will take 3 - 12 months after your final camera-ready copy has been submitted and approved.
Because we publish primarily for libraries, our books are printed on acid-free paper and bound hardcover according to library specifications.
We will prepare descriptive flyers for promoting your book directly to scholars, and it will be included in a New Titles catalog mailed to over 1400 research libraries and booksellers in North America and Europe.
From these, we receive many pre-publication orders from Blackwell and Baker & Taylor, who are major suppliers of books to research libraries.
After publication, we continuously promote your book through direct-mail flyers, specialty subject catalogs, and conferences.
Because we are a large publishing program we have the opportunity to piggyback information about your book every time we market a new book in the same field.
Yes. As you can see from this web site for both direct consumer as well as institutional orders.
Mellen publishes a comprehensive catalog of all the titles it has published, including selections from reviews, and lists all of its titles through Book Data, a CD-ROM library information search service. Our full catalog may also be downloaded and our backlist searched from this web site.
Yes. We advertise in scholarly journals, conference programs, and professional reviews.
The Press sends copies of all its books to CHOICE. It also provides authors with book announcements which they can send to journals to request free review copies.
Yes, because journals are more likely to review books they request than books which are unsolicited.
Five free copies. Authors also receive a 30% discount on their book.
Mellen sells its books primarily to research libraries at prices determined by page count.
For 2002, our prices begin at $99.95/ £ 64.95 for 200 pages and increase by $10/ £ 5 for every additional hundred pages (e.g. 300 pages = $109.95/ £ 69.95). Mellen book prices are subject to change.
Considering that we sell most of our books to research libraries, where each copy is used many times, we calculate that they cost about $1.50/ £ 1 per reader.
About 6000-12000 scholar/readers.
Mellen anticipates that the 200-300 copies it sells to research libraries will be consulted each year by 2-3 readers over 28 years.
Your book can be ordered through bookstores everywhere, because it will have an ISBN and be listed in Books in Print.
Our scholarly books are usually not suitable for text use, but we are willing to set a low price for use as a textbook if there is a prepaid quantity order on a non-returnable basis. We will print a softcover edition if we have an order for over 100 copies.
Mellen anticipates that it will sell 300-500 copies of your book, with 2/3 of these sales during the first five years and a few copies each year over the next two decades.
Since your book will be purchased primarily by research libraries, each copy sold will have many readers. For example, if a single library copy is used by 2 students or scholars each year for 20 years, then that single copy will reach 40 readers.
If 300 copies of your book are sold to research libraries, then it will reach 12,000 readers. This is a larger number than the sales of many non-fiction hardcover books.
There are five reasons:
Because of our single-minded dedication to the values of scholarship, we attract unusually high-quality manuscripts.
This is what makes a publishing program successful: good authors and high-quality books.
Every publisher has a different goal and therefore, approaches things differently. We don't want to publish books for the general reader, only for the scholar/reader.
We believe that research scholarship is the foundation not only of the University, but of human culture itself.
We want to help scholars communicate their research to the world. If you leaf through our catalog of publications for the past two decades, you will see what this clearly means.
Thank you for coming to our website at MellenPress.com.