Why Publish with NUS Press

NUS Press is the scholarly publishing division of the National University of Singapore. We publish books that are important contributions to scholarship, and we tend to favour work that bridges or expands academic disciplines, that brings scholarly work to broader publics, and which highlights authors from outside the main Anglo-American circuits in the social sciences and humanities disciplines. Geographically, our primary focus is Southeast Asia, though we also publish on East Asia, and are interested in books that link South Asia with our home region. 

Our books are stocked by the leading English-language bookshops in Southeast Asia. In addition we distribute our books globally, through a network of distributors working with the main online booksellers and library suppliers. The University of Chicago Press represents our books in North America, Eurospan in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, B.K. Norton and China Publishers Marketing in Greater China and Hotaka Books in Japan.  

Quality scholarship & public impact

Books published by NUS Press go through a rigorous peer review process based on reports from senior scholars, who are selected on a worldwide basis for their expertise in the subject concerned. Manuscripts are accepted for publication based on these reports and an assessment of the market appeal of the topic. During the publication process, experienced production editors work closely with authors, consulting on the details of the presentation of their material. NUS Press publishes first books, but we only consider polished first book proposals, not thesis submissions. 

In recent years, NUS Press books have featured well in book prize competitions in our field. Three NUS Press titles were long-listed for the 2015 ICAS Book Prize, and Prof M.C. Ricklefs won the 2015 Kahin Prize from the US Association for Asian Studies for his Islamisation and Its Opponents in Java. Mobilizing Gay Singapore won the 2015 Distinguished Book Award by the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association and was a finalist for the 2015 Hart Socio-legal Book Prize for Early Career Academics, Socio-legal Studies Association (U.K.). Dr. Eileen Chanin became the first woman to win the 2014 Royal Marines Historical Society Literary Award with Limbang Rebellion: 7 Days in December 1962. Dr. Cherian George's Freedom from the Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore was the winner of the 2012 Asian Publishing Award for the Best Book on the Asian Media Industry.


During the publication process, authors work closely with experienced production editors, copyeditors, indexers, and typesetters; most of whom have more than ten years of experience. We are committed to producing aesthetically pleasing, high quality publications. An experienced designer works in-house on illustrated books, and we consult authors on book cover and layout decisions. 

Marketing and publicity

Our marketing team has a range of colleagues and contacts that we will use to promote your book. As well as traditional marketing routes – printed catalogues, conference displays, flyers, reviews, and our own website – we will promote your book on Twitter and Facebook. But the best and most enthusiastic salesperson for a book is always the author. We need your involvement in marketing to maximise sales and coverage, and we can support you in those efforts

As of May 2015 we have some 420 book review editors in our "pitching" database, and we will send some 20 to 25 copies out for review. As a practice we only send review copies to book review editors who have agreed to receive them.

We exhibit directly at the major regional Asian Studies conferences: the AAS, ICAS, Euroseas, AAS-in-Asia, and the ASAA in Australia. We work with our distribution partners to exhibit at the more discipline-focused meetings, or smaller area studies meetings around the world. In Singapore and Southeast Asia we enjoy creating opportunities and supporting author talks for the public, and with enough lead time our distribution partners around the world can support these as well.  

We have good relations with media editors in the region, and our authors and their books have been featured in recent years in the main English broadsheets in the region and in publications like the Financial Times. Not every book we publish is newsworthy, but let's work together to think through the media potentials of your book together.   

Affordable and available internationally

As a university press, we strive to make academic work affordable for individual buyers, and set retail prices at levels appropriate for the market concerned. We also keep books in print longer than most commercial publishers. Our books are available to libraries in print and electronic form. If your book has enough general or trade appeal we will publish an e-book version for the Amazon Kindle Store, Apple store and other consumer ebook platforms. Journals published by NUS Press are available electronically through the Project Muse consortium run by the Johns Hopkins University Press.


We actively seek co-publication arrangements with other scholarly publishers, particularly academic presses in North America and Japan. Some of the co-edition partners we've worked with in the past include Yale University Press, Cornell University Press, Kyoto University Press, University of Hawaii Press, Stanford University Press, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, New South Books of Australia, and others. 

Over the last few years we've increased our emphasis on finding the right co-publishing partners in Asian languages, and we have placed our books with presses in China, Indonesia and Vietnam.