Edward Elgar Publishing  

Thoughtful Independent Publishing

Edward Elgar Publishing is a leading independent academic and professional publisher with a strong focus on the social sciences and legal fields. We publish 600 book and journal titles annually and have successfully created a prestigious list of over 10,000 titles.

Our Vision: to be the pre-eminent independent academic and professional publisher in law, business and the social sciences

Our Mission: to enrich and support our academic and professional communities through creative commissioning and effective dissemination of high calibre content for a global audience, and by delivering a dynamic, responsive and efficient publishing service to authors, readers and customers.

Our Values: proudly independent; thoughtful publishing; putting authors first; a collaborative, long term approach to business; responsive, efficient and friendly; quality production processes and standards; a globally oriented approach

The company was founded by Edward and Sandy Elgar and remains an independent family business, Chaired by Edward. Our original mission was to create a publishing house that attracted high quality books by offering a superior service to authors and we remain focused on treating potential authors and their books with care and attention to detail. We believe it is difficult for large corporate publishers who often suffer from very high levels of staff turnover, top down management and offshored production processes to replicate the dynamic, responsive and efficient publishing service we can provide.

Edward Elgar Publishing was conceived as an international scholarly press and from the beginning our sales were derived equally from Europe, North America and Asia Pacific regions, reflecting our author base and focus on topics of global interest. Today the Middle East, Latin America and a number of African countries are also important markets.

Our offices are located in the UK (in the Regency town of Cheltenham and Camberley near London) and the US (in Northampton, Massachusetts). Our editors and sales team make frequent visits to universities and conferences throughout the globe, meeting with some 20,000 scholars each year to learn about their plans and identify academic trends and ideas for new titles that would be of benefit to our readers.

Elgar titles are, on average, some of the most highly cited books in their respective subject fields. Gaining more chapter and book level citations than our large commercial competitors and some well known university press publishers. Validating our thoughtful approach to publishing, marketing and dissemination.

Recently the company has received a number of awards and distinctions for our digital publishing and global reach, as well as for our traditional approach to publishing.*

Browse the menus at the top of the page to learn about our company and how we select books and journals for inclusion in our list.

Please get in touch if I can be of help or assistance.

Tim Williams, Managing Director

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* CPI Group Independent Publisher of the Year 2023 & 2017 
Independent Publishers Guild

ProQuest Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year 2023, 2017 & 2014 
Independent Publishers Guild

Digital Publisher of the Year 2015 
Independent Publishers Guild

Independent, Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year 2014 & 2013 
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