Author a Book

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

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

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

  • PetroBriefs are longer than a paper, shorter than a book, between 50 and 100 typeset pages in length. The book should be specific in nature and technically oriented. The author must obtain and provide proof of permission for all figures used in the book at the time of submission. All figures should be 300 dpi at print size. The manuscript must be fully written to SPE specifications and ready for publication at the time of proposal. It may not be excessively commercial or overly self-promoting in nature. Authors must be highly experienced in their subject matter with no more than three authors per book, one serving as liaison to SPE. The books are subject to rapid technical review before publication. Books will be released in both eBook and limited print-on-demand format. Payment on publication in lieu of royalties. All proposals are subject to approval by the SPE Books Development Committee.

  • 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.

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

Book Timeline/Flow Chart

To submit a book proposal to SPE

  1. Complete a Book Proposal Form (Word)
  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.


Book proposals are evaluated by SPE’s acquisitions staff prior to being submitted to the SPE Books Development Committee. Please ensure your proposal meets SPE’s basic requirements for organization, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and content. Incomplete or unsuitable proposals may be rejected without consideration. Usually, you should receive feedback or a decision from the committee within 60-90 days. If your proposal is approved, there are several additional steps involved in finalizing the publication process, as noted in the chart above.