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Publishing your research: Books

Books and articles at the James Hardiman Library


What I've Learned about Publishing a Book

Mulholland, James, 

Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 2014, Vol.45(3), pp.211-236 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

What I've Learned about Revising a Dissertation

Mulholland, James

Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 2011, Vol.43(1), pp.39-51 [Peer Reviewed Journal]


See this selective listing of other books on academic publishing available in the James Hardiman Library.

ISBN Service

The Library offers an ISBN service for staff, researchers and students  at NUI Galway and maintains a range of ISBN numbers that can be assigned to the publications of NUI Galway staff. Your book must denote National University of Ireland, Galway as its publisher.

Learn more about ISBN's

What is an ISBN?

An ISBN is an International Standard Book Number.  An ISBN is a product number, used by publishers, booksellers and libraries for ordering, listing and stock control purposes. It enables them to identify a particular publisher and allows the publisher to identify a specific edition of a specific title in a specific format within their output.  The ISBN Agency is the national agency for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

How do I get an ISBN?

If a commercial/academic publisher is publishing your book then that publisher will assign the ISBN.

If you are not a member of NUI Galway staff, you should apply to Nielsens, the ISBN Agents for the UK and Ireland for an ISBN.

If you are a staff member, researcher or student at NUI Galway and wish to apply for an ISBN, the Library maintains a range of ISBN numbers that can be assigned to the publications of NUI Galway staff, researchers and students.  This service is for NUI Galway staff only and your book must denote National University of Ireland, Galway as its publisher. 

What information is required by the Library to assign an ISBN?

To get an ISBN for your book you will need complete and an ISBN Application Form.  Details required include title, physical details, contributors, subject and language.

What happens when I submit a completed ISBN application form?

Once you return your completed  ISBN Application Form the Library will provide you with the ISBN number for your book. The Library will also register your ISBN on Nielsens.

Staff publications


Books held in the Library Basement. This collection includes one copy of books published by NUI Galway staff and is not loanable. Loanable copies are available in the Main Library Open Access. A selection of Staff Publications are on display in the Library Foyer. Email Neil O’Brien, Acquisitions Librarian,  (neil.obrien@nuigalway.iewith details of books to be added to this collection.


See a  list of the books sorted in descending date order.

Identifying publishers

Use the following resources to identify publishers in your academic discipline:


Other library guides Advice on selecting a publisher, contacting a pulbisher with book proposal, editing books, and self-publishing options.

Grant-in-Aid of Publication Fund

See details of the NUIG Grant in aid of publciation fund managed by the Research Office. 

"How To Turn Your Dissertation into a Book," Yale University

For many scholars, the world of academic book publishing can seem quite daunting. Questions abound: how to craft a scholarly book? What is the book publication process actually like? The Graduate Writing Lab has organized a special event for aspiring authors. Representatives from top university presses will be visiting Yale to share their advice: editors Philip Leventhal (Columbia University Press), Priya Nelson (University of Chicago Press), Jennifer Banks, (Yale University Press), and Heather Gold (Yale University Press):

Predatory Publishing

Graduate students often receive emails from predatory publishers, such as LAP Lambert Academic Publishing and VDM Verlag. 

See I Sold My Undergraduate Thesis to a Print Content Farm: A trip through the shadowy, surreal world of an academic book mill. 

We have some examples of theses published by Lambert Academic Publishing in the library, for example:




The Academic Book of the Future Links and resources


Links and resources

This page provides links to external sites and resources of relevance to The Academic Book of the Future project, including:

See the Event Reports page for all resources associated with the events organised and coordinated by this project.