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Submitting a Proposal

Refer to the following guidelines on the submission of scholarly and non-fiction manuscripts as well as information about the review process and contracts. For guidelines on the submission of poetry manuscripts, please visit the Oskana Series page.

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Manuscript Submission

Your submission should include:

  • an abstract of 250-500 words stating the subject of the book, its main objective, and (if scholarly) the methodological approach taken.
  • a description of the book's intended audience, its importance in the discipline, and a general assessment of the market, including its potential for use in courses.
  • an explanation of what is new and relevant about your scholarly work (i.e., What contributions does it make to its field?).
  • a list of parts of the manuscript which have been previously published, if any. For previously published excerpts, please outline in detail the length of the section and the name of the publication in which it has appeared. Please also indicate whether or not you have already obtained permission to reprint the excerpts.

When submitting your manuscript:

  • please provide two copies of the complete manuscript, one paper and one digital (via e-mail).
  • please double-space all copy, number pages consecutively, and include all of the final elements you expect to appear in the book (e.g. a table of contents, an introduction and/or preface, the main text, notes, a bibliography or reference list).
  • please also submit drafts of any tables, graphs, maps, and figures that you would like to have in the book.

 

Peer Review

The review process includes:

  • an initial assessment by the Acquisitions Editor to determine the manuscript's compatibility with the University of Regina Press's publishing mandate.
  • a review of the manuscript by two members of the Publications Board to assess the originality and importance of the manuscript's contribution to its field of scholarship.
  • an opportunity for the author to respond to the assessments and describe proposed changes or revisions to the text, if they are needed.
  • an assessment by a third, external reviewer who is an expert in the appropriate field of study.

Manuscript appraisers are asked to consider specific questions when assessing manuscripts:

  • What is the thesis of the work? Is the scholarship sound and up-to-date? Does the manuscript make a significant contribution to its field?
  • Is the presentation effective in terms of style and organization?
  • What is the primary audience for the work? To what extent is it likely to appeal to readers outside its main area of scholarship and to general readers?
  • What are the major books published on this subject? How does this work compare with them?
  • What revisions would you suggest? Do you recommend publication, with or without revisions?

The identity of readers is strictly confidential.

If the reviewers recommend publication, the author is responsible for considering and incorporating the reviewers' suggestions for revising the manuscript before submitting a final electronic and hard copy to the University of Regina Press.

The peer review is overseen by the faculty Publications Board, which is made up of ten faculty members from the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.

 

Signing a Contract

Once the University of Regina Press has agreed to publish your work, the project will be assigned a place in the press's publication schedule. The author will be issued a contract and a deadline for receipt of the final manuscript and all accompanying material.

The University of Regina Press's standard contract details the responsibilities of both the press and author. For example, it is the responsibility of the press to publish the work within a specified time frame, to edit it and market it in accordance with current publishing standards, to bear financial responsibility for publication, and to pay the author, on a regular basis, royalties on sales of the book or subsidiary rights to the book. It is the responsibility of the author, for example, to submit the completed manuscript and all additional materials by the agreed-upon date, to obtain permissions for use of copyrighted material, and to obtain all illustrations, graphs, charts, etc., which are to be included in the publication. Authors are welcome to discuss the specific terms of the contract with the Acquisitions Editor. However, an author is responsible for obtaining independent legal advice before signing, if he or she is uncertain about accepting any of the terms of the contract.

 

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