Submission Process

Authors interested in proposing ebooks and projects to Computers and Composition Digital Press have two options:

Want to Run an Idea Past Us? Write an Informal Pre-Proposal

Authors who want to pose a possible idea for a CCDigital Press project or e-book can send a brief, informal Pre-Proposal to the Editors. This Pre-Proposal should be short—and because it will not be sent out to our Editorial Board—it can take any form that would be most helpful to authors.

Authors may choose to briefly describe the basic concept/focus for the project, identify the media/modalities/software they plan to employ in creating the project, talk about team members with whom they will collaborate, discuss the project rationale/importance of the project for the profession, and/or provide an annotated description of the project’s major parts. Authors may also choose to include any additional information or questions that would help editors provide useful feedback: inquiries about CCDigital Press procedures or policies, a proposed timeline for the project, a copy of a conference presentation/paper/web site that illustrates/describes some basic aspect/element of the project, etc. Authors should tailor these suggestions to their projects and their own needs.

Upon receipt of a Pre-Proposal, a CCDigital Press Editor will contact the author and provide feedback on a project in its preliminary stages. Editors will give their frank opinion about the suitability of a proposed project within the context of the CCDigital Press mission, discuss options for approaching a project, and respond to questions about the CCDigital Press procedures and policies.

Pre-Proposals provide potential authors with focused feedback by the CCDigital Press Editors, but because the Editorial Board does not review Pre-Proposals, they do not commit either the author or the Press to a Publication Agreement.

Send pre-proposal inquires to Gail Hawisher at hawisher@gmail.com or hawisher@illinois.edu.

Want to Submit a Project/e-Book for Editorial Review? Write a Project Prospectus

Authors who wish to submit a project or ebook for a formal Editorial Board review and are seeking a publishing agreement with the CCDigital Press, should send the Editors a more formal Project Prospectus.

When you submit a Formal Prospectus to the CCDigital Press, it will be reviewed by members of our Editorial Board. This review takes approximately twelve weeks and authors will be informed of the Editors' decision as soon as reviews are returned and collated.

To submit a formal prospectus for editorial consideration, authors should share their documents with us via email attachments, web links, or Dropbox.

A formal prospectus should include the following sections:

  1. Introduction, Overview, and Rationale: Briefly describe the ebook or scholarly project—no more than two single-spaced pages.
  2. Context: Place the ebook or scholarly project within the context of an academic field and the key conversations taking place therein. Place the proposed ebook or scholarly project in relation to existing books or projects that have attempted similar work. You need to show how your ebook or scholarly project will be both similar and different from work that already exists.
  3. Target Audience(s): Which audiences will your ebook or scholarly project attract? For whom is it written?
  4. Annotated Table of Contents: Brief description of each chapter or major section of your proposed ebook or project.
  5. References/Works Cited: Works you've cited in your prospectus.
  6. Expected Completion Date: When can we expect to review the full, revised ebook or scholarly project?
  7. Curriculum Vitae:Your educational and professional background.
  8. Sample Chapters or Sections: Please include at least two sample chapters of your proposed ebook or two major sections of your digital scholarly project (along with any readers needed for accessing this content).
  9. Possible Reviewers for Final ebook or Digital Scholarly Project: Please list names, affiliations, full postal addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Please also include the list of possible reviewers in a separate file not attached to your prospectus.
  10. Technical Specifications/Considerations: In this section, please identify your plans for content formats, digital genres, technical specifications or considerations that might assist the CCDigital Press Editors better understand your project and its requirements.

As far as possible, the CCDigital Press conducts blind reviews of submitted projects. However, CCDigital Press understands that the nature of some ebooks and projects may preclude a review that is completely blind for both Press editors and project authors (for example, edited collections are generally submitted to presses with a list of authors who have agreed to contribute). Similarly, the nature of digital texts, genres, files, and projects may make completely blind reviews unreasonable, difficult, or even impossible (some video content, for example, may be impossible to render anonymous). In such cases, authors should feel free to consult the editors in advance if they have questions or concerns about a particular project. On the editorial end of our operation, the Press will make every effort to avoid revealing the names of editorial reviewers to authors.

Once completed ebooks or projects are accepted for publication by the CCDP, authors will be asked to submit their project to the editorial staff. If CCDP pursues publication of your project, you will be asked to submit a Publishing Agreement signed by the author and attesting that all work within the project is original or formally cleared for copyright and/or Creative Commons' licensing restrictions. Also included should be scanned copies of all signed copyright permission forms or Creative Commons licenses for non-original content.