Call for Proposals

Scholarly Open Access Book Proposals in All Fields

Call for Proposals

Helsinki University Press is pleased to announce a call for scholarly Open Access book proposals in all fields. We welcome proposals for both monographs and edited volumes. Dissertations and conference proceedings will not be considered. In the event of a surplus of strong proposals, preference will be given to monographs over edited volumes.

Proposals are welcome from academic researchers, both early-career and established scholars, irrespective of their affiliations. We accept proposals and manuscripts written in English.

The selected books will be published free in a digital Open Access form using a Creative Commons licence (CC-BY), and will also be for sale as paperbacks. No author fees will be charged for manuscripts published through this call.

Submission and selection process

Proposals should be submitted using the pdf form that can be downloaded here. One sample chapter can be attached as a Word or pdf document.

Submission deadline: Wednesday 6 June 2018 (23.00 hrs.), by sending the pdf form by e-mail to Aino Rajala (Publishing Manager, Helsinki University Press),

Proposals will be judged by the editorial board of Helsinki University Press, to be nominated in June. Notifications of acceptance or rejection will be given in August. The timeline for each proposal will then be set individually. Once the manuscripts are ready, they will undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review, on which the final publication decisions will be based.

Helsinki University Press

Helsinki University Press (HUP) is a new scholarly Open Access publisher owned by the University of Helsinki. Our books and journals are selected for publication according to purely scientific criteria. We want to help the academic community to disseminate research results effectively and professionally – this benefits not only the researchers themselves, but also the rest of society.


HUP is owned by the University of Helsinki, and the management of the publisher’s operations is shared between the Helsinki University Library and Gaudeamus, a publishing house for non-fiction literature in Finnish.