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The Eisenbrauns Publishing Program


The Eisenbrauns publishing program was begun to achieve two primary goals. One goal was to be selective in publishing books of high-quality content and to produce them with significant attention to production quality. The second goal was to make a contribution to the academic fields in which Eisenbrauns publishes. Our initial interest was primarily to publish books of lasting value—books that would remain important for some time to come.

These goals were consciously chosen within the existing scholarly publishing scenario. Some presses were focused on producing high quantities of publications with the intent of furthering individual scholars' careers, as well as contributing to the growth of knowledge. Others were known for high-quality production but usually also for pricing the books out of the reach of the individual scholar and thus feeding on the library market, which was held captive by these publishers. Eisenbrauns' publishing program was designed to produce high-quality (in both production value and content) publications at fair prices and has in fact gained a significant reputation for doing just that.

Areas of Publishing Interest

In recent years, Eisenbrauns has focused on publishing in six primary areas:

Hebrew Bible and Levantine History and Culture. The central area of Eisenbrauns' publishing enterprise is Hebrew Bible. Most of the monographs we have published fall into this subject category, and it remains an area of primary focus. We are always interested in well-developed, mature monographs on clearly defined topics in Hebrew Bible or on the history, peoples, and culture of the ancient Levant. A particular interest is tools for research and classroom use.

Several series are associated with this area. "Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Bible" (editors: Tremper Longman III, Nathan MacDonald, and Stephen Chapman) welcomes manuscripts that focus on the text of the Hebrew Bible, with an eye on theology and/or ideology of the text. "History, Archaeology, and Culture of the Levant" (editors: Jeffrey Blakely and K. Lawson Younger; see also "archaeology" as an interest area, below) is particularly interested in manuscripts that take an integrative, cross-disciplinary approach to the study of the pre-Islamic Levant, bringing the data from various disciplines to bear on a specific problem or issue.

For the supplement series to two journals, namely, "Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplements" (editor-in-chief: Richard S. Hess) and "Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplements" (editor-in-chief: Murray Rae), please see the appropriate Web pages (forthcoming Spring 2011).

Semitic Languages /Linguistics. Eisenbrauns is known for producing works on Biblical Hebrew, and we are particularly interested in the development of tools for the study and teaching of Semitic languages and linguistics. Due to our "ancient" focus, we would most likely not be interested in a manuscript dealing with modern Semitic languages or linguistics. Eisenbrauns publishes two series in this area. "Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic" (editors: Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé and Jacob Naudé) is devoted to the ancient West Semitic languages, including Hebrew, Aramaic, and Ugaritic. To be considered for inclusion in LSAWS, monographs and volumes of collected essays must have a strong linguistic orientation. Languages of the Ancient Near East (editor-in-chief: Gonzalo Rubio, supported by an international editorial board) is devoted to the Semitic and non-Semitic languages of the ancient Near East; reference and instructional grammars, as well as monographs on various aspects of ancient Near Eastern languages may be considered for inclusion in LANE.

Assyriology and Related Areas.Understanding "Assyriology" to mean "the study of the culture and history of the ancient Fertile Crescent," Eisenbrauns has published a number of titles in this area. We currently support a major series, Mesopotamian Civilizations (editor-in-chief: Jerrold S. Cooper). We recommend that authors consider this series a primary location for works on ancient Mesopotamia. A second series broadly related to Mesopotamian studies has also been launched: Explorations in Ancient Near Eastern Culture is interested in works that may be based in archaeology, anthropology, or literature and history of the ancient Near East, from the earliest historical periods through the end of cuneiform civilization (editors: Grant Frame, Brent Strawn, and Niek Veldhuis).

Archaeology. At Eisenbrauns, we are committed to publishing the results of archaeological work for posterity, and we are ready to assist excavation projects with everything from planning for publication to carrying it out. We recommend strongly that excavations plan for publication in their budgeting process; because the market for excavation reports is small, reports require project subvention.

Festschrifts. Eisenbrauns has published a number of volumes in honor of individuals, and we will continue to do so. Because of the relatively small market for these volumes, coupled with the relatively higher cost of production involved, we require at least partial subvention of these publications, usually based on size and anticipated market. Subject areas constrain which festschrifts we publish (we prefer collections centered around one, two, or perhaps three themes at the most); honorees should be involved in one or more of the subjects listed above.

Journals. For many years, Eisenbrauns has provided Prepress Services for journal publishers. As part of this, in more recent times, we have added several journals to our publishing program, including Journal of Theological Interpretation (JTI; editor: Joel Green) and Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters (JSPL: editor-in-chief: Michael Bird; associate editor: Nijay Gupta). If interested in contributing to or subscribing to these journals, see the relevant Web pages for either JTI or JSPL.

How to Proceed

The best way to propose a book, assuming that your project falls into the areas listed above, is to send us a prospectus. This should be no fewer than three pages and no more than ten, and it should describe, in clearly defined sections, the state of your work, your goals, your schedule for completion, how your publication compares with other publications on the subject that you are addressing.

Eisenbrauns has two requirements for submitting proposals, and we request that every prospectus open with a statement that you are aware of and will abide by these requirements. (1) Because Eisenbrauns employs an intensive review process that has a significant cost in human resources, Eisenbrauns will not consider any proposal that is simultaneously under consideration with another publisher. (2) Eisenbrauns requires that every manuscript must conform to the Eisenbrauns Guidelines for Authors and Editors, and it is of the utmost importance that manuscripts must only employ Unicode fonts. Please do not propose unless you are willing and able to adhere to this.

We encourage you to supplement the prospectus, if appropriate, with other pertinent materials, such as:

  • CV: This is particularly helpful with submissions from younger scholars. Having a background of your education can help guide us with where to submit your proposal for peer review, etc.
  • Manuscript or sample section: If your project is under way, it will be helpful for the reviewers to see what is already complete. If the book proposal is a revised version of a dissertation, please provide the completed dissertation. We may also request to see a sample section before providing a definitive answer in some cases. Also, the Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible series does not accept prospectuses alone; the editors require complete manuscripts for evaluation.

Please submit the prospectus and any supplementary material via email (PDF is the preferred format) to Eisenbrauns's acquisitions editor, Jim Eisenbraun

What You Can Expect

We use the latest technology but retain the best of traditional publishing. The goal is to benefit you, the author, and your readers.

We believe in copy editing. We think that most authors benefit significantly from having someone work carefully through the manuscript to prepare it for publication. This is part of the quality that goes into an Eisenbrauns book.

We use techniques and materials that result in a book that is worth having on the shelf and using for some time. This reflects the time and care that you, the author, have put into the book's creation. We also keep books in print as long as practicable.

We print with soy-based inks, on pH-neutral paper, and use bindings that are designed to hold up. All of these features add something to the cost of production, but we believe they're worth it.

Manuscript Preparation

We welcome electronic manuscripts, prepared using any standard PC or Macintosh word processor; however, the manuscript submitted must be delivered in a form that is compatible with Microsoft Word® or "Rich Text Format" (.rtf). We prefer that proposals be delivered in PDF (Adobe's portable document format), being sure that all fonts are embedded. When accepted for publication, manuscripts must be delivered both in Word®/.rtf format and PDF. For more information on electronic file consistency, the handling of specialty fonts, and the acceptability of word processors, consult our Electronic Text Preparation page. Manuscripts delivered in any other form will not be accepted.

All books submitted for publication are expected to be double spaced (both text and footnotes) and to conform to the Eisenbrauns Guidelines for Authors and Editors page. If the Guidelines for Authors and Editors leaves you with unanswered questions, do not hesitate to e-mail Jim Eisenbraun with your technical questions, or Beverly McCoy or Amy B. with your editorial questions.

Stages of Production

When a book is accepted for publication at Eisenbrauns, an author may expect his or her work to move through any or all of the following stages of production.

  1. Initially, the author or editor corresponds with Jim Eisenbraun (Publisher) or, in the case of books in series, with the editor-in-chief of the series or a member of the editorial board; acceptance of manuscripts for publication and contracts will come from the publisher. Please consult the Eisenbrauns Guidelines for Authors and Editors page for information on our requirements for style and electronic formatting.
  2. After a manuscript has been received, it is integrated into our filing and bookkeeping systems. Normally, Eisenbrauns expects authors to submit e-files, either on CD or DVD (preferred) or via e-mail (always check with the recipient before sending e-file attachments; attachments larger than 9 MB will be rejected/not reach their destination). Along with the e-file, authors must submit a printout that precisely matches the e-file. Please note that we never print straight from a disk or e-file. We always convert electronic files to our in-house publishing software, a process that does take time but ensures standardization and consistently high quality. To optimize the production time of your book we require that you follow the Eisenbrauns Guidelines for Authors and Editors.
  3. Decisions are made regarding design specifications and page layout. An Eisenbrauns editor consults with the author and our company artists during this stage of decision-making.
  4. The manuscript is read by a copy editor, who corrects substandard grammar and documentation format to conform to the Eisenbrauns Guidelines for Authors and Editors and the Chicago Manual of Style of the University of Chicago Press. At this stage, foreign languages are also checked for proper spelling, diacritics, and transliteration. Missing or incorrect bibliographical information is sometimes researched and completed or corrected or referred back to the author for correction or completion. If substantial problems with the documentation (footnotes, bibliography) exist, the manuscript will be returned to the author for further work before production proceeds.
  5. In a second reading we concentrate on clarity of expression, smooth style, and quality of written English consistent with the expectations of the universities, professors, students, and libraries whom we serve.
  6. The first proof of the book is printed, proofread, and corrected in-house.
  7. Finally, the edited manuscript and first proofs are sent to the authors and/or volume editors by mail or by PDF (e-mail attachment) for proofreading and approval. At this point, we query the author if a paragraph is unclear or further information is required. We request communication and correction if we have in any way misconstrued the author's meaning during the editing of the manuscript or if we've introduced typographical errors. The author is asked to bear in mind the fact that our editors have not made arbitrary changes but have tried only to clarify ambiguities, upgrade style, or correct substandard English. For this reason, we recommend that the author try to understand why the changes were made and try to correct the original deficiency while correcting any unintentional errors made by our editors. We recognize the fact that we may at times misunderstand the author's intentions. But we also know from experience that, if something is unclear to us, it is likely to be unclear to the author's audience.
  8. After the proofs are returned to us, we enter the author's changes and proofread again before indexing the book and preparing electronic files to send to the printer and binder.
  9. The electronic press-ready files are sent to the printer. Eisenbrauns subcontracts for all printing and binding. These processes require approximately 4–6 weeks, after which completed books are shipped to us for release to the public.

Production Scheduling

The effort to produce quality books is often time-consuming, and commitment to accuracy demands not omitting any of the above stages. The amount of time it takes for a book to appear greatly depends upon the care that the authors/editors take in bringing their manuscripts and electronic files into conformity with the Eisenbrauns Guidelines for Authors and Editors at the outset of the job. Do not hesitate to communicate with us on any questions you may have as you prepare to send your manuscript to us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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