The Center for Korean Studies welcomes queries at any stage in the development and creation of a book manuscript. As a first step, send a short, informative cover letter including a clear and concise description of your work, its outstanding features, and your sense of the audience you are trying to address. Do not send a complete manuscript unsolicited. Tell us the current status of the manuscript and the date you expect to complete it, its length, and the number of illustrations, tables, and so forth that you envision including. Include as well a table of contents and a paragraph about yourself.
If your proposal appears appropriate for the Hawai‘i Studies on Korea series, we will invite further discussion of the project or submission of a partial or complete manuscript. We try to respond to prospective authors as promptly as possible, but we ask your patience. Because of the expense of postage, we are unable to return manuscripts unless you provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Be sure to send us a clean copy of your manuscript, not the original.
Each manuscript that passes an initial in-house evaluation is sent for peer review to two external readers—experts in appropriate fields of study—who submit detailed reports of their assessments. The author may then be asked to revise the manuscript in response to the suggestions of the peer reviewers. Manuscripts that receive favorable reports are presented to a series editorial board for acceptance or rejection.
If your manuscript is accepted, it is passed to our co-publisher, the University of Hawai‘i Press. If the Press editorial board likewise agrees to accept the work, a contract is drawn up between the author and the Press.
The final form of the manuscript is important. Manuscripts accepted for publication must be prepared electronically. Please consult the University of Hawai‘i Press Manuscript Preparation and Submission Guidelines and Illustrations and Rights Guidelines. We ask that authors follow the stylistic guidelines appropriate to their discipline in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (2010).
After the Press receives the manuscript, it is copyedited for substance and style, designed, typeset, printed, and bound. The author is given the opportunity to review the copyedited manuscript and later receives page proofs, which allow the author to check for typographical errors and to prepare the index. Because of the high cost of making changes in proof, only corrections of typographical errors are accepted in proof. While the book is being produced, its publication plan (print run, price, and publication date) is developed, promotional copy is written, and a sales campaign is planned.
Inquiries, proposals, and manuscripts submitted for consideration for publication should be sent to:
Prof. Christopher J. Bae
Chair, Publications Committee
Center for Korean Studies
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1881 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822