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Tallinn University Press publishes academic and intellectual literature. Since its establishment, the aim of Tallinn University has been to gather and transmit vital, relevant knowledge, and to support its community of academics and students. The main goals of Tallinn University Press are to tap the potential of the intellectual community associated with Tallinn University and to sustain and intensify its activity through publishing high-level academic literature.

An editorial board of twelve prominent specialists directs, coordinates and consults with the University Press. Every series has an editorial board, which sometimes includes foreign members in order to assure the high quality of publications from an international perspective. An important task of the editorial board is to select experts to review the submitted texts. Constant quality control through peer reviews ensures that only worthwhile work is published under our trademark.

We seek to realise our potential in the Estonian academic and publishing sphere, and to support the mission of Tallinn University to be an intellectual centre that provides knowledge to readers within and beyond the university.


Tallinn University Press
Narva Rd 29
10120 Tallinn

Telephone: +372 640 9243

The statutes of Tallinn University Press

Established by the Rector of TLÜ

14 October 2009, Order No. 42


The statutes of Tallinn University Press




1.1.      Tallinn University Press (hereinafter the Press) is an independent division of Tallinn University (hereinafter the University), the main functions of which are academic publishing and the distribution and sales of publications.

1.2.      The activities of the Press are subject to the laws of the Republic of Estonia, the University statute, its own statutes, the publishing directives of the University, other University guidelines, recommendations of the editorial boards, and best academic practices.

1.3.      The Press has its own financial source code, letterhead and seal.

1.4.      The name of the publishing division in English is Tallinn University Press.

1.5.      Tallinn University Press is the owner of the ”Tallinn University Press“ trademark, the use of which is regulated by the Editor-in-Chief of the Press under the direction of the Rector of the University.



2.1.      The primary task objective of the Press is to publish high quality, well edited and designed academic and intellectual literature proposed by the departments and affiliates of Tallinn University. To achieve this objective, the Press:

2.1.1.      consistently cooperates with the departments of the University and their international partners to solicit publishing proposals and to develop an academic publishing plan;

2.1.2.      refers suitable publishing proposals and manuscripts to the editorial boards for peer review and evaluation;

2.1.3.      arranges for linguistic editing, layout and proofreading of selected manuscripts;

2.1.4.      delivers the final manuscripts to the printing office.

2.2.      The Press collaborates with partners in Estonia and abroad, including:

2.2.1.      developing joint projects with the publishing divisions of partner universities, international academic publishers, scientific societies and organizations in which university staff participate, and other partners;

2.2.2.      regularly informing the general public of its activities.

2.3.      The Press cooperates with the Estonian ISBN Agency.

2.4.      The Press collaborates with printing enterprises to ensure high quality, availability and the optimum cost-benefit ratio.

2.5.      The Press is responsible for the distribution and sales of its publications, including:

2.5.1.      developing cooperative sales arrangements with wholesale companies and publishing houses in Estonia and abroad;

2.5.2.      advertizing and disseminating its publications in Estonian and English through its website.

2.6.      The Press will participate to the extent possible in publicizing the activities of the University at home and abroad.



3.1.      The Press employment positions and their alteration are proposed by the Editor-in-Chief, coordinated by the Science Pro-Rector and ratified by the Rector.

3.2.      The job descriptions of the Press staff are prepared by the Editor-in-Chief.

3.3.      The Press employment positions are staffed through a competitive process.

3.4.      Changes to the Press employment positions are proposed by the Editor-in-Chief, coordinated by the Science Pro-Rector and ratified by the Rector of the University.



4.1.      The Press is managed by the Editor-in-Chief, whose duties are defined in a job description.

4.2.      The work of the Press is guided by editorial boards: the chief academic board and the boards of the series. The composition of the boards is approved by the Rector of the University; the editorial boards are subject to the statutes, which also provide for the replacement of members of the editorial boards as required.

4.3.      Editorial boards.

4.3.1.      The chief academic board of the Press formulates the publishing policy of the University, the publishing rules and funding requirements, which are proposed by the Editor-in-Chief, approved by the Rector of the University and posted on the Press website.

4.3.2.      The chief academic board of the Press meets once a year, reviews the annual report and approves the plan of action for the coming year.

4.3.3.      The editorial boards meet at least twice a year and select the proposals and manuscripts for publishing.

4.3.4.      The meetings of the editorial boards are convened by the Editor-in-Chief. The meetings may be convened electronically.

4.4.      The duties of the Press staff are specified in their job descriptions, and approved by the Editor-in-Chief.

4.5.      The Press is under the direction of the Science Pro-Rector.

4.6.      The Press employment contracts are signed by the Science Pro-Rector.



5.1.      The Press reserves the right to:

5.1.1.      obtain documents and information from other departments and employees of the University as required for the activities of the Press;

5.1.2.      initiate proposals for developing the publishing activities of the University;

5.1.3.      use University facilities, infrastructure and equipment for Press purposes;

5.1.4.      submit proposals to the Science Pro-Rector to initiate, change and eliminate employment positions;

5.1.5.      accept manuscripts as commissioned work;

5.1.6.      determine publishing prices;

5.1.7.      represent the University within its jurisdiction.

5.2.      The Press is obligated to:

5.2.1.      pursue the goals of the University and abide by its regulations;

5.2.2.      accomplish its objectives according to these statutes, within the stipulated time periods and in keeping with quality standards;

5.2.3.      safeguard the quality standards of its services;

5.2.4.      manage the division´s website, and ensure that sufficient and correct information is available to enable the distribution of its publications to be effectively promoted;

5.2.5.      to forward to the departments of the University pertinent information relating to its activities;

5.2.6.      use the resources allocated to the Press prudently and for appropriate purposes.



6.1.      The budget of the Press is an allotment within the budget of the University.

6.2.      The funds for the Press budget are transferred to the Press account and managed by the Editor-in-Chief.

6.3.      The Press revenues are transferred to the Press account and managed by the relevant boards of the Press.



7.1.      The Press is evaluated on:

  1. 7.1.1 the quality of its publications, the number of titles and pages published;
  2. 7.1.2 the distribution of the publications issued by the Press in Estonia and abroad, including the number of orders from libraries, as well as the response from scientific publications and the media;
  3. 7.1.3 the Press revenues.

7.2.      The Press shall submit a report of the activities of the previous year by 15 February to the chief academic board for their review and evaluation.

Publishing Policy for Tallinn University Press


by Rector´s Directive No.2,

Dated 12 January 2015


Publishing Policy for Tallinn University Press

1. The fundamentals of the publishing policy

1.1. The goal of the Tallinn University Press is to become a highly regarded, academically-oriented publisher of intellectual literature. Its foreign language publications have high classification in the ETIS (Estonian Research Information System) and are distributed internationally. The Press also perceives its mission as the promotion of research, and transmission of current scientific thought from Estonia and abroad.

1.2. The Press follows in its publishing activity the internationally recognized general principles of publishing ethics, incl. Elsevier/Scopus.

1.3. The Press primarily produces scientific publications and monographs of academics affiliated with Tallinn University, compendia and monographs from other contributors, educational literature (e.g. original textbooks, translations and translated anthologies), and translations of classical literature and high-quality texts. The Press publishes monolingual original texts (original texts and first translations).  Justified exceptions can be made with the consent of the appropriate series editorial board.

1.4. The publications are generally divided into specific series (Acta, Gigantum Humeris, Bibliotheca, etc.) each of which specifies on a particular content (original academic texts, original academic texts and translations mainly for educational purposes and high-quality texts mainly oriented towards a wider audience). The series share a common, distinctive design.  All texts published in the series are peer reviewed.

1.5. Every series has its own editorial board.  The chief academic board also serves as an editorial board of the Gigantum Humeris series. The compositions of the editorial boards may partly overlap.

1.6. The editorial boards are responsible for the selection of the publications in the series (reviewing publishing proposals, approving or rejecting these or suggesting revisions) and organisation of peer review (including proposing peer reviewers), with the goal of providing quality control over Press publications.  The boards also propose publication of various compendia, monographs, and anthologies.

1.7. The layout of the Press series is systematic. Each series is colour-coded to match the subject areas, following the colour division on the University homepage.  Each series also has a distinctive pattern. Individual, justified exceptions in design can be made by the decision of the chief academic board.

1.8. The Press uses a different layout for other publications. They follow the same colour-coding principle as the series and the layout is recognizable as the Tallinn University visual design.

1.9. The Press also produces and distributes publications edited and compiled in TU that meet the standards of international academic journals.  The University units and research groups can also establish new periodicals under the Press. The chief academic board decides on the establishment of new periodicals.

1.10. By being primarily focused on quality, the Press aims at maintaining the price level of its production accessible to its main target group, students and more broadly to the intellectual readers´ community.  For this, the Press is actively seeking supplementary funding from sources that support the publication of high-quality literature.

1.11. Fees for authors of the publications, translators, editors and authors of forewords will be mutually agreed upon.

1.12. The Press solicits feedback on its publications in academic journals, cooperates with editors of various journals and newspapers, attends fairs, and participates in various events and programmes directed towards an intellectual and academic audience.

2. Publishing process

2.1. Publishing contracts may be initiated on the basis of a proposal for a new book project or on the basis of a submitted manuscript.  If a manuscript is submitted for review, it is necessary that the manuscript follow the Press's formatting guide as closely as possible. In case of original collections in a foreign language, only linguistically edited manuscripts are accepted.

2.2. All authors or clients who are requesting to publish a manuscript must complete an application form. If a press is requesting a manuscript for publishing, then the press completes the application form.  Proposals or manuscripts must be submitted with an application form to the Editor-in-Chief, who will decide  - in consultation with the author - which series is appropriate for the publication.

2.3. The press conducts a preliminary selection procedure.  Preliminary selection criteria are in accordance with the Press's publishing policy, printing plans and capacity, quality standards, and series content. The Press may, under exceptional circumstances, accept proposals for publications, which will not be issued as part of the TU Press series.

2.4. All texts published in the Press series undergo peer-review within the Press. Two members of the editorial board of the appropriate series, or experts recommended by them, act as peer-reviewers. If a member of an editorial board of a series offers his or her own manuscript for publishing, then reviewers are appointed by the rest of the board without his or her participation. Only publications that have passed the peer review process are published in the Press series.

2.5. Where a contract has been initiated on the proposal, the Press retains the right not to publish a manuscript if two reviewers do not approve the text and/or the quality does not meet the Press’s standards.  A peer-reviewed project must be submitted for subsequent review as a manuscript.

2.6. The peer review process is unilaterally anonymous, and the name of the reviewer will not be made public. However, extracts of positive reviews can be used on the cover of the publication, with the permission of the reviewer.

2.7. Reviewers must use the Press's peer review form. A reviewer can recommend accepting or rejecting a proposal. A reviewer can also recommend publishing a manuscript (with the right to recommend revision), reconsider publishing it after major revision, or reject it.

2.8. If both reviewers recommend publishing a manuscript, but one of them asks for major revisions, the manuscript must be revised. If both reviewers recommend rejecting a manuscript, it will be rejected. If one reviewer recommends rejecting a manuscript and the other recommends publishing, or publishing with revisions, then the series editorial board shall make the decision.  If one reviewer recommends publishing a manuscript and the other asks for major revisions, revising the manuscript does not guarantee that it will be published – the revised manuscript must obtain the reviewer’s approval.  The appropriate editorial board gives final approval for all manuscripts.

2.9. Disagreements that occur during the peer review process will be resolved by the appropriate editorial board.

2.10. Texts that have not undergone peer review or which do not meet the Press content and quality requirements, may be published as commissioned work. In this case the expenses are wholly covered by the client, and the text may not be published under the Tallinn University Press trademark, or with the TU Press series design. The Press also does not distribute commissioned work or publications from other publishers.

2.11. The chief academic board approves the publication of new periodicals on the basis of individual proposals.

Editorial boards

Chief academic board of TLU Press

(also the board of Gigantum Humeris)


Prof. Airi-Alina Allaste (Tallinn University)

Prof. Karsten Brüggemann (Tallinn University)

Dr. Tiina Elvisto (Tallinn University) 

Dr. Indrek Ibrus (Tallinn University)

Dr. Marju Kõivupuu (Tallinn University)

Prof. Mihhail Lotman (Tallinn University, University of Tartu)

Dr. Rain Mikser (Tallinn University)

Dr. Katrin Niglas (Tallinn University)

Prof. Hannes Palang (Tallinn University)

Prof. Ülar Ploom (Tallinn University)

Dr. Kristjan Port (Tallinn University)

Prof. Jaan Puhvel (University of California, Los Angeles)

Prof. Tõnis Põder (Tallinn University)

Prof. Rein Raud (Tallinn University)

Dr. Raivo Stern (National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics)

Prof. Marek Tamm (Tallinn University)

Prof. Peeter Torop (University of Tartu)

Prof. Jaan Valsiner (Aalborg University)

Prof. Anna Verschik (Tallinn University)

Prof. Airi Värnik (Tallinn University)

Editorial boards of Acta Universitatis Tallinnensis:

Acta Artes

Dr. Ants Hein (Tallinn University)

Dr. Heili Einasto (Tallinn University)

Dr. Mart Kalm (Estonian Art Academy)

Prof. Kai Kaljo (Tallinn University)

Prof. Krista Kodres (Estonian Academy of Arts – Tallinn University)

Märt-Matis Lill (freelance composer)

Prof. Kersti Markus (Tallinn University)

Dr. Virve Sarapik (Estonian Literary Museum)

Dr. Heie Treier (Tallinn University)


Acta Educatio

Prof. Eve Kikas (Tallinn University)

Prof .Edgar Krull (University of Tartu)

Dr. Rain Mikser (Tallinn University)

Tiia Penjam (Õpetajate Leht)

Prof. Miia Rannikmäe (University of Tartu)

Prof. Priit Reiska (Tallinn University)

Prof .Viive-Riina Ruus (Tallinn University)

Prof. Ellu Saar (Tallinn University)

Prof. Aino Ugaste (Tallinn University)


Acta Realia et Naturalia

Dr. Mihkel Kangur (Tallinn University)

Dr. Mihkel Koel (Tallinn University of Technology)

Dr. Tiit Land (Tallinn University)

Prof. Romi Mankin (Tallinn University)

Prof. Hannes Palang (Tallinn University)

Dr. Margus Pensa (Tallinn University)

Prof. Ruth Shimmo (Tallinn University)

Dr. Jüri Siigur (The National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics)

Dr. Raivo Stern (The National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics)


Acta Socialia

Prof. Airi-Alina Allaste (Tallinn University)

Dr. Toomas Gross (University of Helsinki)

Prof. Mati Heidmets (Tallinn University)

Prof. Mikko Lagerspetz (Åbo Akademi - Tallinn University)

Prof. Lauri Leppik (Tallinn University)

Prof. Hannes Palang (Tallinn University)

Prof. Rein Ruutsoo (Tallinn University)

Dr. Judit Strömpl (University of Tartu)

Dr. Henri Vogt (University of Helsinki)


Vita Salubris

Dr. Mats Estonius (Tallinn University)

Dr. Krista Fischer (Medical Research Council, Cambridge)

Prof. Jaanus Harro (University of Tartu)

Dr. Mall Leinsalu (Södertörn University, Sweden)

Dr. Kairi Kõlves (Griffith University, Australia)

Dr. Kristjan Port (Tallinn University)

Dr. Kaivo Thomson (Tallinn University)

Prof. Margus Viigimaa (The North Estonia Medical Centre - Tallinn University of Technology)

Prof. Airi Värnik (Tallinn University)

Bibliotheca Antiqua

Dr. Amar Annus (University of Tartu)

Prof. Anne Lill (University of Tartu)

Dr. Maria-Kristiina Lotman (University of Tartu)

Prof. Jaan Puhvel (University of California, Los Angeles)

Dr. Janika Päll (University of Tartu)


Bibliotheca Anthropologica

Dr. Aet Annist (Tartu University)

Prof. Lorenzo Cañás Bottos (Norwegian University of Science and Technology – Tallinn University)

Dr. Maarja Kaaristo (Tallinn University – University of Tartu)

Dr. Eeva Kesküla (Tallinn University)

Dr. Patrick Laviolette (Tallinn University)

Dr. Toomas Gross (University of Helsinki)


Bibliotheca Artis Poeticae

Dr. Eneken Laanes (Tallinna University, Under and Tuglas Literature Center)

Prof. Mihhail Lotman (Tallinn University, University of Tartu)

Dr. Ülar Ploom (Tallinn University)

Dr. Rein Raud (Tallinn University)

Märt Väljataga (SA Kultuurileht)

Dr. Maria-Kristiina Lotman (University of Tartu)


Bibliotheca Asiatica

Dr. Alari Allik (Tallinn University)

Dr. Amar Annus (University of Tartu)

Dr. Margus Ott (Tallinna University)

Prof. Rein Raud (Tallinn University)

Üllar Peterson (Tallinn University)

Dr. Margus Ott (Tallinn University)


Bibliotheca Controversiarum

Dr. Hent Kalmo 

Prof. Tiina Kirss (Tallinn University)

Hasso Krull (Tallinn University)

Prof. Rein Raud (Tallinn University)

Prof. Marek Tamm (Tallinn University)


Bibliotheca Lotmaniana

Prof. Irina Belobrovtseva (Tallinn University)

Prof. Boriss Jegorov (Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of History, Saint-Petersburg)

Prof. Vjatšeslav Ivanov (University of California, Los Angeles – Lomonosov Moscow State University – Moscow University for the Humanities)

Prof. Kalevi Kull (University of Tartu)

Dr. Тatjana Kuzovkina (Tallinn University)

Prof. Mihhail Lotman (Tallinn University)

Prof. Igor Pilštšikov (Lomonosov Moscow State University)

Prof. Peeter Torop (University of Tartu)

Prof. Rein Raud (Tallinn University)

Prof. Boris Uspenski (University of Napels "L’Orientale" - Moscow University for the Humanities)


Bibliotheca Mediaevalis

Dr. Meelis Friedenthal (University of Tartu Library)

Dr. Tiina Kala (Tallinn City Archives – Tallinn University)

Marju Lepajõe (University of Tartu)

Prof. Ülar Ploom (Tallinn University)

Prof. Marek Tamm (Tallinn University)


Bibliotheca Mediorum et Communicationis

Dr. Indrek Ibrus (Tallinn University)

Dr. Ragne Kõuts (University of Tartu)

Dr. Eva Näripea (Estonian Academy of Arts)

Prof. Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt (Malmö University)

Prof. Andra Siibak (University of Tartu)

Dr. Katrin Tiidenberg (Tallinn University)


Bibliotheca Philosophica

Dr. Roomet Jakapi (University of Tartu)

Dr. Liisi Keedus (Tallinn University)

Dr. Eva Piirimäe (University of Tartu)

Dr. Margus Vihalem (Tallinn University)

Prof. Tõnu Viik (Tallinn University)


Code of conduct for members of the editorial board

Code of conduct for members of the editorial boards of Tallinn University Press

Approved by the decision of February 22, 2017, of the Chief academic board of Tallinn University Press

  • Member of the editorial board makes a decision on the manuscript, building on the reliability of its content, professional significance and necessity, and its suitability to the specific book series.
  • The intellectual and scientific value of manuscripts are assessed irrespective of the gender, origin, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or political convictions of the author.
  • Members of the editorial board are entitled to reject the manuscript without sending it to be peer-reviewed if the manuscript is of low quality and/or is not suitable for the series concerned.
  • Member of the editorial board does not use unpublished data and ideas contained in manuscripts submitted to the editorial board, and does not forward unpublished manuscripts to third persons without a written authorisation of the Press.
  • If a member of the editorial board has grounds to believe that the manuscript includes plagiarism, they must inform the editorial board and the press thereof.
  • Member of the editorial board raises questions concerning the mistakes and problematic  statements/translation matches, etc. noticed by them in the manuscript.
  • If a member of the editorial board has approved the publication of the manuscript without submitting complaints or without pointing out mistakes in the manuscript, or the author has taken the proposed modifications into account before publication, it is not suitable for the member of the editorial board to publish a follow-up review on the mistakes in the manuscript.
  • Member of the editorial board maintains the anonymity of the peer-reviewers, keeping the information about them confidential, unless otherwise agreed.
  • Discussions taking place among the members of the editorial board and the Chief academic board of Tallinn University Press are confidential, and related letters and debates cannot be forwarded to third persons. The Press forwards the proposals and remarks of the board members to the author, maintaining the anonymity of the board members, unless otherwise agreed.

Tallinn University Literature Awards

Since 2007, Tallinn University awards Literature Prizes to Estonian authors who are students or alumni of Tallinn University

The jury is composed of literature experts and approved by Rector Tiit Land.

Additional information:

  Rebekka Lotman

Ruum: M-347
Telefon: 640 9243