This section of our guide looks at getting published.
Advice from publishers
If you are not using a conventional publisher and need an ISBN for your publication the library can supply one. This might happen for example if you are publishing conference proceedings or a report.
An ISBN is an advantage if you are keen to publicise your work as it will be nationally registered and details available to booksellers. It is a unique product number which identifies your publication.
When your publication is ready for the ISBN simply complete this ISBN application form . Only fields with an asterisk are essential. The terminology used fits in with the requirements of the ISBN database used by the book industry. Send the completed form to email@example.com. You will receive an ISBN number and we will register your publication in the national ISBN database. The cost will be met by the library.
You remain responsible for distribution of your publication and for dealing with legal deposit http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/legaldeposit/. Note that there is a legal requirement to deposit any publication published in the UK with the legal deposit libraries whether it has an ISBN or not.
There are various options from learned societies and open access publishers to commercial publishers. Some things to consider:
Usually, when you publish a book or journal article you hand over copyright to the publisher. Some allow you to retain some rights so it is worth considering this. This can sometimes be negotiable. You can find more information on the copyright library guide.