Amsterdam University Press

Review or Inspection Copy

We are always happy to hear from journals or magazines who wish to publish a review of one of our books, or from a scholar who is considering one of our books for course use.

Review Copies

Important Update Regarding Review Copies and Brexit (Updated: February 2021)

With the pressures caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and now of Brexit, AUP has taken the decision to stop sending physical review copies to journals and reviewers who are based in the EU. The Brexit deal is having an enormous impact on distribution between the UK and the EU and the courier services used by our distributor Ingram Publisher Services UK (formerly NBN International Ltd.) are struggling to get shipments past EU customs. This is due to the sheer number of shipments that customs now have to deal with on a daily basis. We have been advised by our distributor to only send digital copies to recipients based in the EU for the time being. This is an unfortunate development in a policy that has had to be frequently adapted throughout last year with regard to Coronavirus delays (see below). We hope to be able to revise this policy in the coming months as this new Brexit situation starts to settle.

COVID-19 Review Copy Policy (Updated: February 2021)

Due to the measures being taken to stop further spreading of the Coronavirus, many university buildings and businesses remain closed. This is having an impact on delivery services and our warehouses who are receiving many returns where couriers have been unable to make the delivery. Additionally, high increases in demand and with more orders being delivered to private addresses than ever before, there are major delays in shipments. These delays across the globe due to the Coronavirus are beyond anyone's control, but publishers and distributors are doing their best despite the current situation. In line with other publishers, AUP are sending digital review copies.

To request a digital review copy, please contact our Marketing Department via

Please include the following details in your request:

  • The book title, authors, and ISBN
  • The reason for your request (e.g. review, author interview, etc.)
  • The name and details of your newspaper, journal, blog, etc. If you have not previously requested a review copy from AUP please include a sample of your journal or magazine, with details of its readership
  • Your name and position

Review copies are sent out at the discretion of Amsterdam University Press under the following conditions:

  • A PDF copy of the review is sent to upon publication
  • In the case where both hardback and paperback versions of the book are available, the paperback will be sent. Please note: if you are based in the EU, we can only send a digital copy for the time being (see Brexit-related policy change above)
  • We strongly encourage that where books are available in Open Access, the journal/reviewer accepts a digital copy of the book
  • One copy of the (e-)book is sent per journal
  • We will only issue review copies in response to a request from a book reviews or journal editor

Inspection copies

Lecturers can order a (digital) inspection copy of any title.

If you should decide not to assign the book, you can send the undamaged inspection copy back or pay the invoice.

For more information or to order an inspection copy you can contact our Marketing Department via

Please include the following information in your request:

  • The book title, author, and ISBN
  • Course/Module Name
  • Academic level (e.g. 1st year Bachelor)
  • Name of the institution
  • Start date
  • The number of students
  • The name or names of the instructors teaching the course
  • Address to which the book or pdf should be sent


To request a sample copy of one of our journals, please email
Please include the following details in your request:

  • The name of the journal
  • Your name
  • The address to which the sample copy should be dispatched
  • If applicable: Your position and the name of your institution and department
  • Please check whether your institution already subscribes to the journal you are interested in before submitting your request.

Inspection copies will be sent with an invoice. If you assign the book to your students and order at least twenty copies, you may keep the inspection copy free of charge. In this case, please ignore the invoice.

All review, inspection and sample copies are sent out at the discretion of Amsterdam University Press.