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Established in 1967, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press has published over 1,200 titles in a variety of scholarly fields, including literature, art, history, biography, and the social sciences.

Authors wishing to submit work to FDU Press should address a query letter or e-mail message to the Director describing the manuscript and the contribution it will make to its field. If the Director and the Editorial Committee conclude the project is suitable for us, we will ask that the complete manuscript be submitted. (Because of costs associated with evaluation, FDU Press must ask that we be the only press considering the work during the time we have it under review.)

Manuscripts considered for publication by the FDU Press are subject to both internal review and to external evaluation by specialist readers. Identities of evaluators are kept confidential, unless they specifically permit their names to be revealed.

FDU Press discourages submission of unrevised dissertations. We do not publish textbooks or original fiction, poetry, or plays. We do, however, publish scholarly editions of literary works, in English, or translation.

FDU Press welcomes inquiries about essay collections. We require, however, that the majority of material in a collection be previously unpublished; that the essays have a unifying and consistent theme, and that the editor provide a substantial scholarly introduction. The press holds festschrifts to the same standards we would any other collection of essays.

Decisions of the Editorial Committee of FDU Press are based solely on the scholarly merit and value of manuscripts under consideration. FDU does not require subsidies or subventions for publication. Where such support is available, it will be employed in a manner mutually acceptable to the author, the press, and the subsidizing organization or individual.

Manuscripts must be submitted in "hard" copy for evaluation. However, once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the press will request the work on disk. For manuscripts that present special typographical difficulties, FDU Press may require that authors provide camera-ready copy.

Books accepted for publication by the FDU Press Editorial Committee are published by Associated University Presses, 2010 Eastpark Blvd., Cranbury, NJ 08512, which has similar agreements with the University of Delaware, Bucknell University, Lehigh University, and Susquehanna University. Only in exceptional cases will manuscripts rejected by one of the above mentioned presses be considered by one of the others. Decisions of the FDU Press Editorial Committee are subject to final approval by the Associated University Presses.

For documentation, FDU Press books follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition. MLA format is not accepted. Bibliographies are required. For spelling, the press follows Webster's Third New International Dictionary and the Eleventh New Collegiate Dictionary. The press very strongly recommends that translations be provided for all foreign language extracts. As recommended in The Chicago Manual of Style, original language quotations should be retained only when the original language itself is of scholarly significance. For example, in a work of Racine, quotations from Racine's plays should be given in French, followed by English translations. Quotations from critical works on the plays, however, should be given in English translation only.

A complete catalogue of FDU Press Books is available upon request.

Editorial correspondence to FDU Press may be addressed to:

Harry Keyishian, Director
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, New Jersey 07940


973-443-8564 (voice)
973-443-8364 (fax)

2010 Eastpark Boulevard
Cranbury, New Jersey 08512
Phone (609) 655-4770
Fax (609) 655-8366

285 Madison Avenue
Madison, New Jersey 07940
Phone (973) 443-8564
Fax (973) 443-8364


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