Ockham Publishing



Submission Guidelines


We are always interested in receiving fresh, important and original ideas; whether it be a unique approach to an old subject, a layman’s guide to the most interesting areas of current research, or a new theory which could revolutionise the way we think about the topic.

We don’t have quotas to meet, similarly we don’t have any limits set as to how many projects we can currently take on. Instead, our guidelines revolve around the content of the idea and the clarity of the voice explaining it: we will publish interesting and useful ideas when we get them. There is no other selection process. So before submitting, all you need to ask yourself is:

Would my idea be interesting, original and important?
Am I good at explaining it, and am I qualified to do so?

Philosophy Specifics:

We are open to ideas in philosophy regarding most subjects. Please be aware that we have a strict peer-review, evidence-based approach, so if you do not feel this fits well with your subject of expertise (perhaps in certain areas of philosophy of religion, for example) then you’re probably right. Philosophy often requires different kinds of evidence to science, though; just because you haven’t data to back your case, logic may be all that is required. Before submitting, simply ask yourself ‘is this idea something a rational, scientifically aware person could be convinced of?’

To give you an idea of the kinds of things we are interested in, see a small selection below:

  • Beginner’s guides
  • Ethics
  • Moral or political philosophy (particularly rationalist/scientific aspects)
  • Philosophy in culture/the media
  • Philosophy of art
  • Philosophy of science

Science Specifics:

We are currently accepting proposals for new popular science texts in most areas, however the following is a selection of the kinds of ideas we have already accepted or are interested in publishing:

  • Applications of science to traditionally non-scientific areas
  • Astronomy
  • Beginner’s guides/fresh explanations to existing ideas
  • Children’s books
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Philosophy of science
  • Psychology (especially on personality – ie, introversion/extroversion)
  • Science in culture/the media (including sport science)