Ockham Publishing



About Ockham

We are named after William of Ockham, an influential 14th Century philosopher, who is famed for theorising Ockham's razor - an idea that perfectly explains what we are about.

All things being equal, the simplest explanation tends to be the right one.

In medicine this might mean recognising that a patient presenting with the symptoms of a common cold are probably not suffering from a rare genetic disorder. As a wider logical statement it means that - all else being equal - an overly complex idea should not be favoured over an effortlessly simple one.

We were set up to publish and develop authors with a talent for this very simple principle; people of all academic backgrounds and interests, but only those with an ability to either discover or explain the most interesting facets of science and philosophy in a simple and engaging manner. Put simply, we publish popular science and philosophy. Yet this doesn't quite tell the whole story.

We judge each submission on the merits of the idea and the ability of the author: we're as interested in nurturing new authors as we are in promoting experienced minds.

Hence our submission process goes beyond asking 'who' you are and focuses instead on 'what' you've got to say. If you back your ideas with evidence and reason, after all, it matters little who you are.

If you are working on a new theory, or have a talent for explaining an already existing subject, we want to hear from you. We have a vigorous peer review process along with the editing talent to match the bigger names in publishing, but with a personal passion and dedication for promoting exciting and important ideas. Our interest is in nurturing and developing a relationship with writers, as well as offering industry leading royalties, so as to develop a core group of strong voices who can stand up for and further develop our ability to put new ideas out there.

If you are interested in working with us, and have a proposal or manuscript that you would like to submit, then please have a read of our submissions guidelines.