University of Guam Press Submissions Guidelines

University of Guam Press Submissions Guidelines

UOG Press Publishing Services and Submissions Information


Manuscript Submissions for 2023 are CLOSED.


Thank you for your interest in publishing with the University of Guam Press. We are undergoing a period of transition and have reached our publishing quota for the year. As a result, we have paused our submissions process and will not be accepting manuscripts for consideration until January 2024. We will announce the reopening of our submissions process and release updated submission guidelines then.

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The University of Guam Press welcomes manuscript submissions from both new and previously published authors. We are interested in academic and literary manuscripts in all genres and fields of study with a preferred focus on Guam and Micronesia. All manuscripts undergo a blind review (meaning both the authors and reviewers are not identified to each other) by a team of expert reviewers selected based on the content, genre and goals of the manuscript. Please note that the review process may take six to nine months.

Publishing With UOG Press

The University of Guam Press offers professional publishing services that differ from printing and self-publishing services.

When a manuscript has been accepted for publication, UOG Press provides the following services at no cost to the author/s:

  • Copy and content editing
  • Illustration/photography (if needed)
  • Graphic layout and design of cover and interior pages
  • Printing
  • Book storage and distribution to a worldwide audience
  • Marketing and promotion

Authors are actively engaged throughout each stage of the publishing process. They are provided royalties at industry-standard rates.

Please read below to learn about our submissions and editorial processes.

Submissions Process

As with submissions to most professional publishers, individuals seeking UOG Press publishing consideration should anticipate notice of acceptance or rejection within nine months from the date of formal submission. Submissions that do not adhere to UOG Press’s Guidelines for General Submission will not be packaged for review by the acquisitions team.  

After submission, all manuscripts seeking publication are packaged for review by a panel of 3-5 anonymous readers with expertise in the manuscript’s subject area or genre who will consider the content, subject matter, suitability, and marketability of the submitted work. If the review panel finds the submission suitable for publication, it will be advanced to the UOG Press Advisory Council for final review. If approved for publication by the Press’s Advisory Council, the author will be contacted by a UOG Press editor for a preliminary discussion about the Press’s editorial and publication process. 

UOG Press reserves the right to reject any submission prior to panel review if it does not advance the mission of University of Guam Press or the University of Guam.

Materials for General Submission

  • Cover Letter – an introductory letter with author/editor name(s) and contact details. 
  • Author/Editor Biography – a brief biography including credentials, expertise, and previous publications (if applicable). 
  • Description – a description of the work that includes its focus, relevance, a comparison of the work against similar publications currently available, and the identification of the work’s intended target audience. Please include the complete manuscript’s word count. 
  • Table of Contents – a complete table of contents that clearly lists all chapters and sections of the work seeking publication.  
  • A Manuscript – a final, edited draft of the full-text of the manuscript as a DOCX or PDF file. 
      • Please note that if accepted for publication, the author will be required to remit the manuscript to the press for editing as Microsoft Word (.docx) file.  
  • (Optional) Sample illustrations or photographs – digital samples of images/illustrations in pdf or jpg files of 300dpi or higher.  
      • If the manuscript is accepted and does not have illustrations/photography but they are needed, UOG Press will work with the author to procure an illustrator or photographer. 
      • If the manuscript is submitted with illustrations/photography that are not aligned with the Press’s quality standards, the Press reserves the right to require edits or to reject them and identify an appropriate artist/illustrator to complete the visual needs for the manuscript.

Guidelines for General Submission

  • All manuscripts must be original works. 
  • Academic works must follow a consistent formatting style appropriate to the manuscript’s subject area (APA, MLA, or Chicago), to include properly formatted citations and references.  
  • Manuscripts must be thoroughly edited before submission and may be returned for further editing at the Press’s discretion. Submitted manuscripts should be edited for grammar as well as consistency in the spelling of place names, words in other languages, tense, voice, point of view (except if it is a literary technique in a creative text), and capitalization. 
  • Information presented as fact must be accurate – fact-check all cultural and historical references and cite sources.
  • If the work has been previously published, the author must have an agreement with the previous publisher to allow for republication.
  • If the manuscript includes artwork, images, and writing by other authors, written permission for inclusion in the submission is required prior to entering a contract for publication with UOG Press. The publisher reserves the right to secure permission from people who appear in photographs used in the publication. 

UOG Press will not accept manuscripts that include cultural misrepresentations or exaggerations, racist notions/remarks/points of view, unfounded claims, libel, slander, or defamation of character. 

How to Submit

Send submissions via email to   

If this is not possible, submissions may be sent by mail to: 

University of Guam Press, Micronesian Area Research Center  

303 University Drive (UOG Station)  

Mangilao, Guam 96923 


Submissions sent by mail must be typed. Please be sure your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address are on the manuscript. The author’s name must be indicated on the back of all artwork submitted.  

Editorial Process

Authors whose work has been accepted for publication consideration should anticipate a thorough editorial process that mirrors the best publishing practices of other presses affiliated with the Association of University Presses. Typically, this involves a recursive editorial review that may take as many as ten or more rounds of revision with an assigned editor after the finalization of a publishing contract with UOG Press. UOG Press requires all manuscripts in the queue for publication to undergo extensive fact-checking and review before advancing to the design and layout phase of the publishing process. The Press determines when a manuscript is prepared to advance to design and printing stages and is not beholden to the timeline of authors. Publication readiness is determined by the Press’s editorial team, and editors work diligently to ensure the manuscript is of the highest quality before it is published.

Design, Illustration, and Layout Processes  

UOG Press has the right to make final decisions regarding the publication’s art and design.