Senior Editor of Social Science at Palgrave Macmillian, Josie Taylor discusses what authors can expect when publishing an SDG book with Springer Nature. Throughout the blog, Josie takes us through why authors should publish an SDG-related book, why they should choose Springer Nature to do so, and the advice she would give to any authors considering embarking on their publishing journey.
The Sustainable Development Goals create a blueprint for future research and the publishing industry by highlighting priority topics for researchers and publishers to focus on for research impact. Our books and journals can therefore play a hugely impactful role in society.
Publishing editors can support the goals by actively seeking out researchers doing SDG-related research to ensure that our publishing outputs contribute to The 2030 Agenda. I’m particularly interested in the topic of violence against women and I actively approached some authors who I saw had a research grant. They ended up writing a book on Violence Against Women During Coronavirus (open access). Editors can also play an active role in encouraging researchers to consider the SDGs in their research and publishing plans where they haven’t already. The more conversation there is around the SDGs and the targets, the more likely we are to achieve them.
Encouraging and publishing interdisciplinary research is particularly important as the SDGs are interconnected. We can’t expect to achieve the goals of SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions without considering poverty, gender equality, and decent work and economic growth. I would argue that we need “social science-based transformations” beyond just the “science-based transformations” outlined in The 2030 Agenda, to provide a holistic understanding of how to bring about change in our societies.
Publishing an SDG-related book that engages with the goals means tapping into topics of global interest and publishing with a clear purpose to address them.
Publishers play a role in highlighting relevant research for practitioners in policy and business who need those insights to achieve their goals. Our Springer Nature Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Programme features the latest SDG-related books and journals for key communities, including through individual marketing campaigns for each SDG. We also have a unique Sustainable Development Goals book series that publishes SDG-relevant content from both the Palgrave Macmillan and Springer imprints. Developing a cross-imprint series has allowed us to address some of these core societal challenges more effectively by bridging the gap between the natural and social sciences. We welcome new book proposals to the series via the series link above for further discussion with an editor.
You can read about the book publishing process on our website, from first developing your idea through to publication. You can contact a book editor directly if you want to discuss your idea first. After that, you’ll need to submit a book proposal. Here are my five key book proposal recommendations:
If and once your book is published, we have advice on promoting your book and how we promote our books here.
We publish a variety of book formats including:
This gives our authors the flexibility to publish for different audiences and at the natural length for their research. We’re always on the look out for innovative and timely research which fills a gap. We’re particularly interested in ensuring that we’re publishing diverse and new perspectives, including from the global South (for further reading, see a social science blog discussing this definition), to better address the global challenges. We support early and mid-career researchers with publishing guidance including on this hub. As Senior Editor for Criminology and Socio-Legal books at Palgrave, I particularly welcome proposals which innovatively address the Peace and Justice agenda.
Josie Taylor, Senior Editor, Social Science, Palgrave Macmillan
Josie has been with Palgrave Macmillan since 2013, first working on professional business and finance titles and now on criminology and socio-legal studies. She is interested in a wide range of topics, particularly cutting-edge, critical, global topics including: youth justice, gender, mental health, green criminology, terrorism, policing, hate studies, cybercrime, race and crime, human rights, and prisons.