August 28, 2014 | Stephen Thompson, Commissioning Editor and Emily Ross, Associate Editor

Publishing a special issue as a book (SPIB)

A SPIB is a special issue of a journal which is republished as a hardback monograph with prelims and an index. Routledge launched this program in 2004 and at present, the majority of books published are in the social science, humanities, and behavioral science sectors.

If you have a special issue that you think could be part of this program, please contact your Managing Editor and they will ask you to submit a proposal.

Submitting a proposal

The SPIB proposal form is a document used to communicate the gist of the book to our books marketing department and, from them, to potential buyers. It gives you the opportunity to help us market your book effectively and maximize sales. We would value your suggestions for appropriate review media. The form should be completed by the special issue editor or the academic editor. The form implies a limit of two editors for a given project, but we can accept up to four editors. Please let the SPIB editor know of any such arrangement.


Special issue books are marketed in a similar way to Routledge’s monographs. They will be advertised on our website, through e-campaigns, and our multiple catalogs. The books will also be sent to relevant conferences and we can produce flyers for the authors to distribute amongst interested contacts.


There is a minimum page count of 116pp, as anything lower than this may result in binding problems. The abstracts are left in situ and the index will be prepared by T&F.

The amount of journal branding the SPIB will receive will vary depending on the contract. The standard SPIB has minimal visual connection to the journal; however, on the half title page, a tagline will cite the special issue of the journal as the SPIB’s original source. For example, “This book was published as a special issue of ….” We also include a citation information page in every SPIB, encouraging readers to cite the original journal issue, rather than the book.

Initially the SPIB will be published in hardback only. We will then release a paperback and eBook version approx. 18 months after hardback publication, with the eBook being priced for the retail market.


Can I insert new material?
We prefer the book to have the same balance of articles as the special issue so we cannot accept new material.

What happens to the proposal once it is submitted?
The proposal will go to the SPIB team who will decide whether the issue is suitable for the program. Approval will be based on the market potential for the book and relevance to our existing book program.

Are there ways in which we can purchase a large number of copies for our colleagues?
We sometimes create separate paperback editions of hardback books for private sale to authors or organizations affiliated with authors. We can make a quantity of paperbacks – usually not less than 150 copies and with an approximate value of £3,000 – available to people and organizations for whom the hardbacks are prohibitively expensive.

Contact details

Emily Ross, Editor for: Area Studies (Asian Studies & Middle East Studies), Built Environment, Geography, Environment and Sustainability, Development Studies, Law, Politics & International Relations, Security Studies, Reference & Information Science, Sports and Leisure, Tourism, Hospitality and Events.


Nick Barclay, Editor for: Arts, Humanities, Media and Communication Studies, Museum and Heritage Studies, Language & Literature, Sociology, Criminology, Health and Social Care, Behavioral Sciences, Economics, Finance, Business & Industry, Education.


Jess Harrison, Editorial Assistant (all subject areas)


Published: August 28, 2014 | Author: Stephen Thompson, Commissioning Editor and Emily Ross, Associate Editor | Category: Front page, Managing my journal, Raising the profile of my journal | Tagged with: