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About Us

Salt is an independent academic press dedicated to publishing books that engage Mormon texts, show familiarity with the best contemporary thinking, remain accessible to non-specialists, and foreground the continuing relevance of Mormon ideas.

Committed to the ideal of open access publishing, Salt's titles are available under a creative commons license that allows users to freely copy, distribute, and transmit the work in its entirety.

However, while all our titles are available free of charge in digital form, Salt also remains committed to print publications of the highest design quality and these books are available for purchase from both traditional and online booksellers.

An Important Announcement

Effective 9 April 2013, Salt Press will merge with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, housed at Brigham Young University. All of our current titles will be republished under Brigham Young University Press or Maxwell Institute imprints and all of our contracted titles will be recontracted with the Institute.

Given Salt's focus on publishing work at the intersection of scripture and contemporary theory and given the Institute's interest in fostering this type of work, the merger will allow us to combine resources and talents in ways that will prove beneficial to both parties.

We're happy to hand over to the Institute the resource-intensive work of professionally publishing, printing, and distributing our books. And, as a result, we're happy to return our full attention to the ongoing work of creating and fostering the kind of content that Salt was founded to solicit. 

To that end, the owners and managing editors of Salt Press (Robert Couch, Adam Miller, Joseph Spencer, and Jenny Webb) have been asked to serve as the first four members of the Maxwell Institute Press Mormon Studies Editorial Advisory Board, which will individually and collectively function in an editorial acquisitions and advisory role for the Institute’s Mormon studies list.

Further, Adam Miller and Joseph Spencer will be named co-editors of a future book series for the Maxwell Institute Press titled "Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture."

Manuscripts submissions are welcome and may continue to be submitted for consideration by contacting any of Salt's managing editors personally or by using the maxwell.ms@byu.edu email address.

In light of the costs associated with running Salt Press as a part-time endeavor, combined with increasing interest in our focal areas of research, we regard this merger as good news indeed. 

However, it is not without some sadness that we close Salt Press. We wish to thank those who have supported our vision—it is only with your support that we are now in this position, and we are excited to see that vision integrated into the focus of the Maxwell Institute's publications. 


Robert Couch
Adam Miller
Joseph Spencer
Jenny Webb

Editorial Board

Brian Birch
Richard Bushman
John Caputo
James Faulconer
Terryl Givens
Kristine Haglund
Grant Hardy
Heather Hardy
Eric Huntsman
Daniel Peterson
Naomi Sloan
Julie Smith