Course adoptions

If you are an academic looking to inspect a Zed book with the aim of including it on a reading list please note that Zed offers a free e-inspection copy service. Every book page on this website includes an e-inspection button which links you to the service.

If you are based in the US, Zed provides desk copies for courses where a book is adopted as required reading. Please email your desk copy request including full course details to:

Permissions services

Zed offers a wide range of academic permissions services, including copy permission for course packs and reprint permissions. Zed participates in Collective Licensing in association with the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) and Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). We offer permission in all languages.

For details on how to apply for permissions please visit the Rights and permissions section of this site.

Library copies

If you are an academic and would like your librarian to order a book for your university library please note that Zed offers an ‘alert your librarian’ service. Every book page on this website includes an alert your librarian button. Click through and complete the information about your institution and we will alert your librarian to your request.

Peer review process

Zed runs an in-depth review process to ensure world-class standards in research and scholarship.

All scholarly books are externally peer reviewed at both the proposal and draft manuscript stages by leading experts in their field. Reviews remain anonymous to authors throughout the process and provide a balanced, impartial assessment of the work’s strengths and weaknesses.

How does this work?

Proposal Stage

  • Each Zed book is reviewed at the proposal stage, where it is sent to a minimum of two reviewers. They provide comment on the proposal’s academic rigor, originality, and structure, among other attributes.
  • Once reviews are in, authors are shown (anonymised) feedback, and are asked to revise the proposal accordingly.

Manuscript Stage

  • Once the author has submitted the first draft, the manuscript is again sent out to external experts for review. As well as commenting on the manuscript’s academic rigor and originality, the reviewers also provide detailed feedback on the work’s individual chapters.
  • The author will be sent the feedback from the reviewers, along with any additional feedback the commissioning editor may wish to provide regarding structural and stylistic revisions, and this informs the next draft. Subsequent drafts of the work may be sent out for review again, until the commissioning editor is satisfied that no further revisions are needed.

In total each scholarly work Zed publishes is assessed by a minimum of three specialists within its given field.

The publishing process

For further details please feel free to look at the Zed publishing process.