High quality deserves
high impact—

not high price.


We’re interested in proposals both for individual projects and for series of works consistent with our theme and focus. Please consult our editorial program to read about the areas of work of particular interest to our editors.

If you’d like to get a sense of what we ask for in a proposal, you may download the templates to review:

When you’re ready, submit a proposal to Lever Press (free Submittable account required).

Have questions? Want guidance before proceeding with a proposal? Write to info@leverpress.org.

Here’s what we believe: Scholars write to have impact. They want to shape the conversation among their peers, and connect with interested readers outside their field. And they want to be able to show their colleagues that their published work has been reviewed and edited at the highest level of scholarly rigor.

Lever Press provides the assurance of exactly this quality without imposing author’s fees to cover publications costs. Because we are supported by libraries—who share the objective of making scholars’ ideas accessible—our “Platinum OA” model evaluates works solely on the basis of scholarly merit, and with no regard for an author’s (or an author’s institution) ability to pay.

Guided by an editorial board of distinguished faculty from the top-ranked liberal arts colleges in the nation, we seek and develop work at the highest standards—exactly because we bear the cost. While we are particularly interested in scholarship that is better served by digital platforms than traditional print, we’ll make print versions available through print-on-demand systems. And we’ll provide analytics to authors to help them understand the reach and impact of their ideas.

Our commitment to align Lever Press with the mission and ethos of liberal arts colleges manifests itself in several areas of special interest that shape our acquisitions policy. We are particularly interested in projects that:

  • Exhibit the deep commitment to interdisciplinarity that is native to smaller academic communities where faculty members daily collaborate across field boundaries. We are particularly interested in projects that connect perspectives from the sciences, arts, and humanities.
  • Engage with major social issues facing our communities. Founded on strong moral and religious principles, liberal arts colleges are the location of important debates about the grand challenges that face our society which we hope to manifest in our publications.
  • Blur the traditional lines between “research” and “teaching,” creating resources ideally suited for experiential learning environments. Liberal arts colleges have reinvented the pedagogy of engagement and our publications will reflect that commitment. Among other things, we are interested in projects curated by faculty members that involve undergraduates in the process of creation and highlight their contributions.