SPE welcomes proposals for all types of book projects, including the following:

  • Monographs | Monographs focus on how to apply a specific technology and are intended for practicing engineers.

  • Textbooks | Textbooks stress understanding of selected fundamentals and applications through numerous examples and exercises and are intended for use in undergraduate or graduate courses in petroleum engineering.

  • “Interdisciplinary” Titles | Interdisciplinary titles are written for a multidisciplinary audience, with the goal of promoting collaboration in technology among geoscientists and engineers in the upstream sector.

  • SPE also publishes books intended primarily for practicing engineers, which may be relevant for course adoption at the university level.

To submit a book proposal to SPE

  1. Complete a Book Proposal Form
  2. Provide the following additional details along with the form:
    • A detailed outline of your proposed book, which indicates whether you plan a fundamental treatment of the subject for research professionals, an applications book for operators, a textbook, a reference book, or some combination. Where more than two authors are involved in writing the book, please specify which author will be responsible for each chapter or section.
    • English-language writing samples of previous publications; these could include a completed sample chapter from the proposed book, a journal paper, a manual, course notes, or other work that illustrates the intended approach and writing style for the proposed book.
    • A professional resume/CV for all authors
    • A timeline for completing the manuscript within 2 years


All proposals are evaluated by SPE’s Books Development Committee – in general, you should expect to receive a decision on your proposal within 90 days of submission. If your proposal is approved, there are several additional steps involved in the publication process, as noted in the chart above.