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Submitting a Proposal

to the Studii Româneşti/Romanian Studies/Études Roumaines/Rumänische Studien Book Series

Published by the Society for Romanian Studies and Polirom


Book Series Editors: Irina Livezeanu (Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA, irinal@pitt.edu) and Lavinia Stan (Department of Political Science, St. Francis Xavier University, P.O.Box 5000, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, B2G 2W5, Canada, lstan@stfx.ca)

Editorial Assistant: Narcis Tulbure (narcis.tulbure@gmail.com)


Advisory Board: Maria Bucur (Indiana University), Magda Cârneci (UNAB), Tom Gallagher (University of Bradford), Mihai Dinu Gheorghiu (Universitatea „Al. I. Cuza,” Iași), Armin Heinen (RWTH Aachen), Gail Kligman (UCLA), Mihaela Miroiu (SNSPA), Bogdan Murgescu (Bucharest University), Andrei Terian (Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” Sibiu)


The Society for Romanian Studies (SRS), the world’s premier academic organization dedicated to Romanian Studies, and Polirom, Romania’s largest publisher of academic titles, have recently launched a new book series, Studii Româneşti/Romanian Studies/Études Roumaines/Rumänische Studien. The series will publish scholarly books in Romanian. Authors who plan to propose manuscripts to the SRS book series should keep in mind that Polirom has an exclusively Romanian distribution market.

The books should include SRS members as authors, editors or contributors. While not all contributors of edited collections of essays need be SRS members, we expect volume editors to be SRS members in good standing. Please check with the book series editors to see if your proposal fulfills this criterion.

We are currently accepting three types of manuscripts:

  • Romanian translations of scholarly monographs that have already been published in a foreign language
  • Original scholarly monographs written in Romanian by one or two authors
  • Edited collections of Romanian-language essays dealing with a unifying theme.

Book proposals should deal with Romania and/or Moldova and the populations living on their territories or the Romanian and Moldovan diasporas. The volumes should have primarily an academic focus. We will not consider the following types of manuscripts: unrevised masters or doctoral dissertations defended at universities in Romania or abroad; unrevised proceedings of conferences not sponsored by the SRS; collections of essays that do not have a clear thematic focus or lack methodological rigor; collections of original historical documents; collections of essays that only marginally improve on volumes already published in Romania or abroad; works of fiction and poetry; collections of articles published over the years in dailies and/or weeklies; governmental reports or reports produced by non-governmental organizations.

Contributions can have a disciplinary, interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary focus, and draw on history, political science, sociology and anthropology, law, economics, linguistics, as well as other domains of inquiry. They should be based on sound and rigorous scholarly analysis, and include references and bibliography. At the same time, contributions should use a writing style free of jargon that would appeal to a wider audience.

All manuscripts and books will be carefully reviewed in view of publication. The book series editors will solicit reviews of the proposals from experts in the field. We expect to be be able to give an answer regarding the publication of a proposed volume within 2-3 months after its submission. For books already published outside Romania, the book proposal should be accompanied by book reviews, if these are available.

The book proposal should include the following information:

–          names of author(s), editors and contributors, their affiliations and contact information, as well as short bios detailing their expertise and previous publications

–          title of book

–          estimated number of pages, tables, and figures

–          table of contents, including titles of chapters

–          general description of the volume’s main topic, its relevance for current scholarly debates, and its contribution to the field

–          position of the proposed volume relative to other books on the topic published recently in Romania

–          intended market

–          book reviews, if available

–          at least one chapter in nearly finished form

For further inquiries, and suggestions please contact either the series editors, the editorial assistant or the members of the Advisory Board.