Bridging the Gap Series with Oxford University Press

Book Series Editors

James Goldgeier

Bruce W. Jentleson

Steven Weber

Supporting scholars to publish leading policy-relevant research in international politics

Bridging the Gap and Oxford University Press, considered among the most prestigious university presses worldwide, have partnered in creating the Bridging the Gap Book Series. The Bridging the Gap Series with Oxford University Press publishes manuscripts that are written to engage academic and policy audiences by scholars of political science, international relations, and law and public policy.

The Bridging the Gap series editors seek single- or dual-authored manuscripts (edited volumes are in general not suitable for the series) addressing a leading global challenge and featuring theoretically grounded policy recommendations. Manuscripts must be accessible to audiences beyond specialist subfields in political science and other disciplines to include the wider policymaking community.

While prospective authors are welcome to reach out to the series editors to discuss their book plans, formal decisions on book manuscripts must occur through the prospectus submission process outlined below.



The Bridging the Gap Series at Oxford University Press (OUP) welcomes submissions of book prospectuses on policy-relevant subjects within the core areas of political science, international relations, law and public policy.

Prospective authors are invited to submit the following materials:

1.  Cover letter

  • Prospective authors who are approaching multiple publishers simultaneously on their proposed manuscript are asked to share this in their cover letter.

2.  Prospectus (unbound and double-spaced), featuring

  • Detailed statement outlining the proposed manuscript’s arguments, themes, significance to the field of study, and significance to the policymaking community;
  • Annotated table of contents that outlines the content and structure of each chapter;
  • Assessment of the proposed manuscript’s fit with existing literature, including a comparison with published books on the subject;
  • Explanation of the intended audience and market for the book, with particular attention to the policymaking community;
  • Explanation of the anticipated length of the proposed manuscript, to include plans for tables, figures, or other illustrations; and
  • Explanation of a schedule for completion.

3.  Sample chapters, if available (unbound and double-spaced)

4.  CV or résumé

Submit Electronically or by Mail

Electronic submissions should be sent to:

Hard copy submissions should be sent to:

James M. Goldgeier
Bridging the Gap
School of International Service
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8071

Review Process

Decision times regarding evaluation of proposals can vary from as little as a few weeks to several months.

Should the series editors in consultation with editors at Oxford University Press feel the proposed manuscript is an appropriate fit for the Bridging the Gap series, the series editors will inform and provide guidance to prospective authors as they complete the manuscript for review by Oxford University Press. A complete manuscript will be evaluated by external peer reviewers and ultimately must be approved by the OUP Editorial Board.