The Research in Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies Series by Routledge

Have you just finished your dissertation? Consider having it published by Routledge.


Over the years many objections have been made about the price. Here is a statement from Andrew Samuels explaining the value of publishing with Routledge as well as the process.

The initial highly priced book at about £95 or £100 is intended for libraries. Routledge like all academic companies is very good at marketing in this way. The books in this series have, in total, been bought by thousands of university and institute libraries.
If a university or institute library buys one expensive hardback then any number of students and faculty registered with that library can read the work on-line totally free. It is a model that works and is sort of ‘democratic’.
In addition, even in the initial stages, ‎one can buy that £100 book for about £40 on Kindle from Amazon or Itunes.
Then, in about 18 months, comes the paperback. It is still highly priced but the same as the books published initially in the more general Routledge Jungian and post-Jungian list‎ meaning around £35-£39.
I think self-publishing has tremendous advantages but the rather ‘heavy’ way these books are being marketed by Routledge at least gets the very specialised monographs, many of which were PhDs quite widely disseminated.

The way Routledge works is like this, and it applies to both the Research Monographs in Analytical Psychology list (which is the one that takes an interest in PhD theses) – and the more general Jungian and post-Jungian list.

Although there are often discussions beforehand, the best way to start if there is a PhD thesis manuscript in existence is to send it to the editor. Then it usually comes to me as Consultant for an initial review and subsequently we select 2-3 further academic Readers to write reports.

As others on this list who have books in the series will tell you, there is always a process of transforming a PhD thesis into a book. We have ideas an guidelines for this at Routledge – but one thing I always say is that, in a PhD thesis, the readers have to wait for the intellectual denouement, as there is the whole academic structure that precedes it. Whereas with a book, the big bang (or orgasm!) ideally happens earlier, closer to the beginning of the work.

If I may say so, one thought that occurred to me on reading your plans for self-publishing was that I did not see any intent to re-work the text to bring it into the category of ‘book’ rather than ‘PhD’.

The editor to whom to send the manuscript (or maybe to open discussions) is Heidi Lowther (nee Lee):

Best wishes,

Andrew Samuels (September 2016)