Book types

Some books are written by one author or a small group of co-authors, while others have many authors who each contribute a single chapter. These books are often edited by one or more experts in the field, and can focus on diverse aspects of a broad topic or similar aspects of a very narrow topic.

Types of books we publish

Monograph: A book intended to be a complete treatment of a single subject, written by one or few co-authors.

Contributed work: A book intended to be a complete treatment of a single subject written by multiple contributors led by a volume editor.

Encyclopedia: A book or set of books offering comprehensive information on all or specialized areas of knowledge arranged according to alphabetic table of contents.

Textbook: A book intended for use in education, usually providing an overview of a subject. 

Reference: A book such as encyclopedias and dictionaries that are not intended to be read front to back, but to provide specific facts when needed.

Proceedings: A book covering (a selection of) lectures or papers given at a conference or workshop.

Thesis: A book detailing an author's research, written to fulfill the requirements for attaining a degree.

Professional book: Presentation of a field for the advanced training of persons working in this field.

General interest: A book intended for a general readership without expertise in the field - its style, layout, and presentation targets a broad audience.

Handbook: A well-structured and exhaustive chapter wise presentation of a usually broad documentation of the status of a research field.

SpringerBriefs: Concise summaries of 24,000-52,000 words on cutting-edge research and practical applications across a wide spectrum of fields. These are unique to the Springer imprint.

Palgrave Pivot: At length of 25,000 and 50,000 words these publications in the humanities, social sciences and business, take advantage of a swift and flexible publication process to dramatically reduce publication times.