Submitting a Proposal for Corpus Juris


Manuscript submissions to the Corpus Juris series undergo the same strict peer review process as Cornell University Press monographs. All books chosen for the series are published in print and electronic editions. Print editions are produced in small runs, backed up by trade-quality print-on-demand. Corpus Juris ebooks are available for e-readers (Kindle, Google Play, Nook, etc.) and in aggregations for the library market, including de Gruyter, EBSCO, JSTOR, Oxford Scholarship Online, Project MUSE, etc.

Corpus Juris books are published by Cornell University Press. Authors are issued a Cornell University Press contract and their books are marketed in the same way as other books published by the Press. Corpus Juris books are featured in the Cornell University Press catalog, advertised in suitable venues, and displayed at annual meetings of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities; the MLA; the American Political Science Association, and other relevant scholarly associations.


The editors welcome book proposals, which should include the following:
• A cover letter briefly describing the project.
• A prospectus that highlights the book’s argument and main contributions along with a comparison of the work to other books in the field and its suitability for Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law.
• A table of contents and chapter summaries.
• Manuscript specifics, such as the length of the manuscript in words, the time frame for completion, and number and type of illustrations, if any.
• A current C.V.
• A substantive sample chapter.
All the materials in the prospectus, except the sample chapter, should be saved as one single document (MS Word or PDF) and sent to the attention of:

Mahinder Kingra, Editorial Director
Cornell University Press

Book proposals are reviewed by the series editor, Elizabeth Anker. If the project is a good fit for Corpus Juris, we will request a full manuscript for review by external readers. The reports from external readers are shared with the author. If substantial revisions are required, the revised manuscript may be reviewed again by external readers. The final decision to publish or not to publish is made by the series editor, informed by the external reader reports and the recommendations of the editorial board.


The final version of a manuscript that is accepted for publication should follow the instructions on the Cornell University Press website:


  • publisher
    Cornell University Press
  • publisher place
    Ithaca, NY