1. About

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    Cornell University Press fosters a culture of broad and sustained inquiry through the publication of scholarship that is engaged, influential, and of lasting significance.

    Established in 1869 as the first American university press, shortly after the founding of Cornell, the press embodies and advances the university’s core values by disseminating fundamental and practical knowledge, while commanding its own distinct editorial profile. The press, as part of a land-grant institution, is also dedicated to transforming research into publications that reach and benefit the wider public.

    Works published under its imprints reflect a commitment to excellence through rigorous evaluation, skillful editing, thoughtful design, strategic marketing, and global outreach.

    Since early 1993, the acquisitions, editorial, production, and marketing departments of the Press have been located in Sage House, where the staff keeps company with the house’s carved bats and stained-glass birds. Sage House was built in the 1880s by Henry Williams Sage, then chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, and was designed by William Henry Miller, the architect later responsible for many important buildings on the Cornell campus. Contractor and chief mason were master craftsmen who had come to Ithaca from England, bringing old-world skills to the construction of the early campus.

    To learn more about Cornell University Press read our history of the Press published to celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2019.

    Cornell University Press is a proud member of the Association of University Presses, which serves to advance the essential role of a global community of publishers whose mission is to ensure academic excellence and cultivate knowledge.

  2. Our Publishing Profile

    Cornell University Press publishes peer-reviewed, nonfiction books (and two journals) for diverse readerships under several distinct imprints, each of which have their own faculty and expert advisory boards. The Press also publishes fiction under its Three Hills imprint.

    The Cornell University Press imprint has particular strengths in anthropology and sociology; classics and archaeology; geography and urban studies; higher education; history (U.S., Western and Central Europe, East Asia, and military); law and society; literary and cultural studies; medieval and early modern studies; political science  (international relations, security studies, humanitarianism and human rights, political economy and the politics of money, and area studies concentrating on the EU, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and East and Southeast Asia); and the history and politics of New York State. (The journal New York History is also published under the CUP imprint).

    The ILR Press imprint publishes books in labor and industrial relations; management and human resources; labor history; issues of class; workplace culture; and health care policy and practice.

    Our Comstock Publishing Associates imprint publishes scholarly and general-interest books in life sciences (including ornithology, entomology, herpetology and ichthyology, mammalogy, botany, and ecology); natural history; and environmental studies; as well as nature writing and field guides.

    In collaboration with Cornell’s Southeast Asia Program, Southeast Asia Program Publications (SEAP) publishes books on Southeast Asian history, culture, and society, as well as the journal Indonesia.

    The Cornell East Asia Series (CEAS) imprint, published jointly with Cornell’s East Asia Program, focuses on China and Taiwan, Japan, and the Korean peninsula, covering topics in history, culture and society, and translations of literary works.

    The Three Hills imprint publishes books of general interest about the history, politics, cultures, communities, and the environment of New York State and City. Novels, short stories, and other creative writing projects are also published under Three Hills.

    The Northern Illinois University Press imprint, a collaboration with NIU, publishes books in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies; Orthodox Christian studies; Southeast Asian history; politics; and books about  the Midwest, with a particular focus on Illinois and Chicago.

    Active Series by Subject

    Anthropology & Sociology
    Cornell Modern Indonesia Project

    Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law

    The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work

    Expertise: Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge

    Histories and Cultures of Tourism

    Police/Worlds: Studies in Security, Crime, and Governance>

    Agora Editions

    Cornell Studies in Classical Philology

    Myth & Poetics II

    East Asian and Southeast Asian Studies
    Cornell Modern Indonesia Project

    The Environments of East Asia

    New Japanese Horizons

    NIU Southeast Asian Studies

    Studies of the Weatherhead Institute, Columbia University

    Histories of American Education

    Publicly Engaged Scholars: Identities, Purposes, Practices

    Geography & Urban Studies
    Cornell Series on Land: New Perspectives on Territory, Development, and Environment

    European History
    Battlegrounds: Cornell Studies in Military History

    Histories and Cultures of Tourism


    Medieval Societies, Religions, and Cultures

    NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

    Labor and Workplace Studies
    The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work

    Legal Studies
    Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law

    Literary & Cultural Studies
    Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law


    Myth & Poetics II

    New Japanese Horizons

    Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought

    signale | TRANSFER: German Thought in Translation

    Medieval Studies

    Medieval Societies, Religions, and Cultures

    Military History
    Battlegrounds: Cornell Studies in Military History

    Medieval Societies, Religions, and Cultures

    New York Region
    Fall Creek Books

    Political Science
    Agora Editions

    Brown Democracy Medal Books

    Cornell Modern Indonesia Project

    Cornell Studies in Money

    Cornell Studies in Security Affairs

    Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law

    The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work

    Religion and Conflict

    Cornell Studies in Classical Philology

    Medieval Societies, Religions, and Cultures

    NIU Series in Orthodox Christian Studies

    Religion and Conflict

    Science and Natural History
    Cornell Series in Environmental Education

    The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library

    The Northern Forest Atlas Guides

    WCS Birds of Brazil Field Guides

    Zona Tropical Publications

    Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
    Battlegrounds: Cornell Studies in Military History

    Histories and Cultures of Tourism

    NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

    Religion and Conflict

    U.S. History
    Battlegrounds: Cornell Studies in Military History

    Histories and Cultures of Tourism

    Histories of American Education

    New Netherland Institute Studies

    The United States in the World

  3. For Authors

    Prospective Authors

    For information on submitting proposals for non-fiction publication consideration, click here.

    For guidelines on how to submit a work of fiction or creative nonfiction, click here.

    Authors under Contract

    The following documents will guide you in preparing your manuscript for submission.

    Author Guidelines
    The Author Guidelines provide detailed information on formatting and submitting your manuscript.

    Citation Style Guide
    The Citation Guidelines offer a concise overview of Cornell-preferred citation styles.

    Inclusive Editorial Style Guide
    The Inclusive Editorial Style Guide will help you analyze your work’s sensitivity toward people of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, cultures, races, genders, and sexual orientations.

    Guidelines for Submitting Illustrations
    These guidelines will help you collect, organize, and submit illustrations for your publication.

    Guidelines for Submitting Line Art Maps
    A supplement to our Guidelines for Submitting Illustrations, this detailed guide and checklist will help you and your cartographer meet requirements for line art maps for your publication.

    Alt Text Style Guide
    The Alt Text Style Guide shows authors how to prepare “alt” (alternative) text to submit with their illustrations and tables.

    Special Characters Guide
    The Special Characters Guide explains how to prepare your manuscript if it has characters with diacritical marks or non-Roman characters.

    Overview of the Publishing Process
    A brief explanation of how the Press prepares your manuscript for publication and your responsibilities during that time.

    Please fill out these forms and submit them with your final manuscript.

    Manuscript Information Form and Checklist

    Special Characters Checklist
    This checklist is used to identify nonstandard characters in your manuscript, including carons/haceks, hamzas, and characters with dots under or over them.

    Permissions Documents

    These documents supplement the permissions information in the Author Guidelines.

    Copyright and Permissions Guidelines
    Permissions Questionnaire
    Permissions Log
    Fair Use Checklist
    Author Work-for-Hire Agreement
    Permissions Request Form
    Interview Release Form
    Photo Release Form

    Royalty Information

    For information on your royalties statement, please click here.

    Change of Address

    Please email us to send us your new mailing address and updated contact information.

    Marketing Guide

    Learn more about what the CUP marketing team will do for your book.

  4. For Booksellers


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    For businesses seeking an open line of credit, please download a credit application (PDF). It should be completed and faxed with a copy of your resellers certificate and first order to the attention of Credit Manager, Terry Miles, at 1-800-272-6817.

    Discount schedules may be obtained from your sales representative or from the Marketing and Sales Director.


    Permission to return overstock from returnable accounts is not required. Books must be returned within 18 months of the invoice date and currently in print as listed on the publisher’s website. Books must be clean, saleable copies without any signs of damage. Full credit allowed if customer supplies original invoice number, otherwise maximum discount applies.

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    Returns may be combined for Cornell University Press, Louisiana State University Press, Rutgers University Press, Syracuse University Press, University of Georgia Press, University of Nebraska Press, University of North Carolina Press, University of West Indies Press, and University of Calgary Press (U.S. sales only).

    For businesses seeking an open line of credit, please download a credit application (PDF). It should be completed and faxed with a copy of your resellers certificate and first order to the attention of Credit Manager, Terry Miles, at 1-800-272-6817.

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    Combined Academic Publishers (CAP)

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    Central and South America

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  5. For Educators

    Exam and Desk Copies

    Please complete the form below to request an exam or desk copy of a currently in-print book.

    An exam copy is a digital copy used to review a book for possible course adoption.

    A desk copy is a digital or physical copy of a book that has been assigned to a course and ordered by the university bookstore.

    If you are in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, or the Middle East, please click here.

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  6. For Media

    Please complete the form below to submit a review copy request.

    Please keep in mind the publication date for the title when placing a request.

    Once approved, a confirmation email will be sent as soon as your request has been processed.

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  7. Rights and Permissions

    For all rights and permissions requests, you must provide us with full source information: title of our book, author/editor name(s), and details of the material you wish to use. Without source information, we cannot process your request.

    For subsidiary rights, including: translations; English reprints; audiobook; book club rights; and film/dramatic rights email Tonya Cook, Subsidiary Rights Manager.

    If you are requesting permission to reprint material from a Cornell University Press book or use material in  your course, please visit the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), and search for the book in question here, and request permission through CCC. If CCC indicates the book is not available for reprint or licensing, this may indicate that it contains reprinted material.

    Before requesting license directly from the publisher, check the book to ensure the material you seek to license or reprint is original to the Cornell UP volume.If you determine that the content is original to the Cornell book, please send your request to cupress-perms@cornell.edu.

    Cornell University Press has agreements with several agencies for exclusive representation of its books. For rights in these languages, please contact the agency directly:

    Italian language rights
    Alexander von Prellwitz

    French language rights
    Vanessa Kling
    La Nouvelle Agence

    Spanish and Portuguese language rights
    Beatriz Coll
    R.D.C. Agencia Literaria

    German language rights
    Franka Zastrow
    Thomas Schlück GmbH

    Polish, Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Montenegrin, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, and Slovenian language rights
    Lukasz Wróbel
    Graal Ltd. Literary Agency

    English language reprint rights in India
    Surit Mitra
    Maya Publishers

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