The following guidelines are designed to streamline the process of bringing your manuscript through all steps to publication with SPS. To achieve the schedule, quality, and price that are optimal for your project, please follow these instructions carefully.
It is highly recommended that projects with SPS obtain external funding. Some professional and scholarly associations provide subsidies for manuscripts in their areas of interest. The International Council for Canadian Studies, for example, supports the publication of books by foreign Canadianists. In some instances, authors may apply to their university or college for a publication grant. In addition, SSHRC provides funding through the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Aid to Scholarly Publications Program.
Editors should make key decisions about layout early in the publication process. Please consider the following questions and inform your publication editor and contributors of your decisions.
There are a number of styles to consider in the creation of a document. In general, SPS preference is Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. For the reference list, followChicago's author-date style with the exception of author names: use surname and initials only. However, we can be flexible based on discipline. Other examples of acceptable styles include MLA styles.
Consider how you would like each chapter to appear in the book.
What is the format of the list of contributors? Will it contain the author’s name and affiliation, or a longer description? Will it appear at the beginning or the end of the publication?
What is the placement and format for acknowledgments?
What is the format for the back cover? Do you want to include a summary of content? A list of contributors? Quotes in support of the book?
What information would you like included in the promotion catalogue? Quotes and supporting information should be gathered early in the process so promotion can begin as soon as possible.