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University of Toronto Press is a leading publisher of academic books and journals, primarily in the social sciences, humanities, and in business. UTP is dedicated to serving its authors through its rigorous editorial program, leading-edge production technologies, and active sales, marketing, and distribution departments.

Scholarly Publishing

Meet Our Acquisition Editors
Submission Guidelines

Higher Education

Meet Our Acquisition Editors
Proposal Guidelines
Our Series

Rotman-UTP Publishing

Proposal Guidelines

Scholarly Publishing

The Scholarly Publishing Division publishes books for scholars, students, faculty, and the informed reader in the humanities, social sciences, and in business. We welcome the addition of new authors with innovative research to our list. 

Meet Our Acquisition Editors

Jennifer DiDomenico, Manager, Social Sciences Acquisitions
Acquiring in: Business and Economics

Len Husband, Acquisitions Editor
Acquiring in: Canadian History, History of Sciences and Medicine, Jewish Studies, Native History, and Philosophy

Jodi Lewchuk, Acquisitions Editor
Acquiring in: Anthropology, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Sociology, and Urban Studies

Meg Patterson, Acquisitions Editor 
Acquiring in: Health, Medicine, Social Work, and Education

Daniel Quinlan, Acquisitions Editor
Acquiring in: Political Science and Law

Suzanne Rancourt, Manager, Humanities Acquisitions
Acquiring in: Classics, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and Erasmus Studies

Stephen Shapiro, Acquisitions Editor
Acquiring in: Non-Canadian History, Slavic Studies, Semiotics, Lonergan Studies

Mark Thompson, Acquisitions Editor
Acquiring in: Literature, Book History, Film, Cultural Studies, and Communications

Submission Guidelines

Please include the following in your proposal:

1. A working title

2. An overview of the book

  • What is it about? What is its central argument?
  • Why have you written this book?
  • How does your book compare to others in this field?
  • How will it be different?
  • If the manuscript is based on a dissertation, please tell us when it was defended and the revisions you have made or propose to make. 

3. Information about intended audience(s)

  • If the book is intended for course adoption, please list relevant course titles/departments. If you have information about where such courses are taught, or an idea of enrollment, please include here.
  • Is your book for specialists in your field? In a particular area of a larger field?
  • Is there a broader general audience?

4. Manuscript information

  • Anticipated length including word count.
  • Total number of illustrations, figures, and tables (if applicable).
  • Anticipated completion date.

5. For edited collections or multi-authored works, please include a description of how the book will be thematically integrated and how the chapters will be linked

6. Table of contents with a brief synopsis of each chapter

7. Curriculum vitae for each author

8. Sample chapter (if available)

Please do not submit a manuscript unless you have been requested to do so by your editor and please ensure you keep all originals.

Because of the volume of submissions we receive, it may take several weeks for one of our editors to respond to your submission. If you have not had a response in 6 to 8 weeks, please contact the editor for an update on your submission. Proposals submitted by mail should be sent to:

Editorial Department, Scholarly Publishing
University of Toronto Press
800 Bay Street, Mezzanine
Toronto ON M5S 3A9 Canada
Attention: [relevant editor's name]

Please note: We do not publish new fiction, poetry, or conference proceedings.

If the editor is interested in considering your book, you will be asked to submit your manuscript for more formal review. Manuscripts will be assessed by experts in the field. If the reports are positive, the manuscript may be presented to our internal Publishing Committee. Manuscripts in humanities and social sciences approved by this committee are then submitted for the approval of our Manuscript Review Committee, an external committee consisting of senior scholars from the University of Toronto. Approved proposals and manuscripts in business are submitted to the Rotman-UTP Publishing Advisory Board, an external committee consisting of senior academics from the Rotman School of Management. 

Higher Education

The Higher Education Division of UTP is a first alternative to commercial textbook publishers. If you are an instructor who is looking for a refreshing change from the standard course book offerings, consider publishing your next (or your first!) textbook with UTP. 

Meet Our Acquisition Editors 

Anne Brackenbury, Executive Editor
Acquiring in: Anthropology, Criminology, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Social Work, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies 

Natalie Fingerhut, Editor
Acquiring in: History, with specific interest in Aboriginal History, Canadian History, European History, Jewish History, Medieval Studies, and non-Western History

Mat Buntin, Editor
Acquiring in: Politics, International Development Studies, Human Rights, and Security Studies

Julia Cadney, Editorial Assistant
Acquisition support, market research, and peer review 

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should be between 5 and 15 pages long and should include the following:

1. Description of and rationale for the proposed whole, including a table of contents.

2. Discussion of the ways in which the project speaks to current teaching practices and scholarly interests:

  • What are the challenges in teaching the content of related courses? How does the proposed text speak to these challenges?
  • Is the treatment of the subject matter expansive, conceptual, or practical?
  • Is it at the cutting edge or a better restatement of existing knowledge?
  • What distinctive approaches to coverage of specific topics will your project offer?
  • Are there topics that others in the field may expect to find but which you will not include? Why not?

3. Discussion of the project’s potential market:

  • What is the primary market for the project?
  • What are the secondary markets for the project?

4. If primary sources are included, discussion of relevant textual and translation issues.

5. Overview of competing or complementary books.

6. Proposed date of completion.

7. Tentative title.

8. Estimated total length of the manuscript (approximate word count).

9. List of non-textual items (e.g. charts, maps, illustrations, video clips, podcasts, etc.):

  • How will these non-textual items be delivered (e.g. in the text of the book, in an appendix, on a website, etc.)?
  • Do you control publication or re-publication rights for these materials?

10. Personal qualifications, including a discussion of the proposer’s unique qualifications for undertaking the project as well as the proposer’s CV.

Proposals should be sent as email attachments (preferably in MS Word). 

Our Series

Proposals may also be directed specifically toward the following series published by UTP Higher Education:

History Series: 

International Themes and Issues
This is a joint series by the Canadian Historical Association and the University of Toronto Press. Each volume provides a concise, focused, comprehensive overview of a topic or issue that is of international significance and broad interest in the study of history. Rather than coming from a single national viewpoint, the approach is comparative. Page count is 200-250 pages. The series editor is Pierre Yves Saunier, Université Laval.

Proposal guidelines for the International Themes and Issues series can be downloaded here.

Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
These readers are born of a desire for a richer, multi-layered approach to the social, political, religious, economic, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages. The series seeks to provide students and scholars with collections of translated primary sources, including many to which they would not normally or easily have access. Each volume contains a mixture of standard documents (those which are central to the field and without which the volumes would be incomplete) and representative texts (those which are often less known and yet reveal important and interesting aspects of the Middle Ages). Both period and thematic readers are included. The series editor is Paul Edward Dutton, Simon Fraser University.

Proposal guidelines for the Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures series can be downloaded here.

Companions to Medieval Studies
This series consists of relatively short books of 100-125 pages designed to serve several functions: to act as general introductions to important medieval subjects covered in many college and university undergraduate classrooms; to accompany and complement the source books which appear in the Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures Series; and to act as handy reference books on a topic as students and instructors make their way through courses on the subject (whether or not they are using the relevant reader). The series editor is Paul Edward Dutton, Simon Fraser University.

Proposal guidelines for the Companions to Medieval Studies series can be downloaded here.

Rethinking the Middle Ages 
Rethinking the Middle Ages is committed to re-examining the medieval era: its themes, institutions, people, and events. These are short studies, overviews of a particular topic or theme that provoke discussion among students and scholars, inviting them to think about the problems and issues of the Middle Ages in new and unusual ways. The series editor is Paul Edward Dutton, Simon Fraser University.

Proposal guidelines for the Rethinking the Middle Ages series can be downloaded here

Social Sciences Series: 

Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom 
The Teaching Culture series offers an opportunity to take a road less travelled in academic publishing. The series offers book-length ethnographies that are conceived of, and developed especially for, undergraduate use. We seek manuscripts that reflect current scholarship but that differ from traditional scholarly monographs in their dedication to ethnography that is narrative-driven and conceptualized specifically for use in the undergraduate classroom. The series editor is John Barker, University of British Columbia.

Proposal guidelines for the Teaching Culture series can be downloaded here.

Anthropological Insights 
The Anthropological Insights series offers an opportunity to bring contemporary scholarship to an undergraduate audience. Ethnographically grounded, and conceptualized as pedagogical tools, these very short books (80-100 pages or 35,000-45,000 words) provide instructors and students with foundational information about key topics and ethnographic regions. Competitively priced, the books can accompany and complement more comprehensive textbooks, readers, and ethnographies. They can also stand on their own as handy reference works or serve as the main component in class modules. The series editor is John Barker, University of British Columbia.

Proposal guidelines for the Anthropological Insights series can be downloaded here.

ethnoGRAPHIC 
University of Toronto Press is excited to announce a groundbreaking new series that realizes ethnographic research in graphic novel form. The series speaks to a growing interest in comics as a powerful narrative medium and to a number of trends in anthropology, including a desire for a more imaginative and collaborative ethnography and for engaging with a broader public on contemporary issues. The goal is to create scholarly-informed narratives that are accessible, open-ended, aesthetically rich, and that foster greater cross-cultural understanding. Books in the series combine the power of ethnographic research with the unique elements of comics as a sequential art, using page, panels, gutters, visuals, dialogue, captions, line, and lettering to tell the story. Beyond the graphic narrative, each book in the series will include a reader’s guide with discussion questions (perfect for book clubs!), background information on the research behind the story, and a discussion of the challenges and benefits of transforming research into graphic novel form.

Proposal guidelines for the ethnoGRAPHIC series can be downloaded here

Rotman-UTP Publishing

Business Books from University of Toronto Press

Books from Rotman-UTP Publishing bridge research and practice, offering actionable learning for navigating today’s complex business environment. Business professionals, students, and anyone interested in staying current with the latest in business thinking will be engaged by these titles, which reflect the Rotman School’s vision for “a new way to think.”

We are actively acquiring business titles and welcome proposals that fit the mandate described above.

Areas of focus include:

Entrepreneurship
Finance
Global Business
Human Resources
Marketing
Management and Leadership
Organizations
Social Innovation
Strategy and Innovation
Sustainability (including the Business and Sustainability Series)

Please direct proposals to Jennifer DiDomenico, editor for Business and Economics.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

1. A working title and capsule statement (2-3 sentences) about the subject of your book, the position it takes, and how it will benefit its readership.

2. A description of your book’s key message and unique contribution. You should discuss your key argument, evidence, and conclusions and describe how your book relates to existing books on the same or similar subject(s). Ensure that your description answers the questions: “Why is your book important?” and “What benefits does it provide to readers?”

3. Information about the knowledge base informing the book. Upon what research is it based? If case studies are to be employed, from which industries and countries are they drawn?

4. Information about intended audience(s). Please be as specific as possible. If the book is intended for course adoption, please list relevant course titles/departments. If you have information about where such courses are taught, or an idea of enrollment, please include here.

5. Manuscript information:

  • number of pages (specify double-spaced manuscript pages or printed book pages)
  • number of figures and tables
  • apparatus (i.e. cases, exercises, glossary)
  • amount of copyrighted material you plan to use
  • current manuscript status
  • estimated delivery date

6. A list of similar (including competing) books and information on how your book differs from and/or builds upon these.

7. Author credentials (curriculum vitae or professional resume).

8. A table of contents with brief synopsis of each chapter.

Current Authors

As Canada’s leading academic publisher and one of the largest university presses in North America, University of Toronto Press has had the privilege of publishing books by a long list of notable authors, including Northrop Frye, Robertson Davies, Harold Innis, Marshall McLuhan, Yousuf Karsh, Michael Bliss, Carl Berger, Umberto Eco, Dorothy Smith, and Julia Kristeva.

Our authors form the very core of our business, and we are committed to ensuring their success through every stage of the publication process. The following resources have been developed to support and promote our authors.

Scholarly Publishing and Rotman-UTP Publishing

Our Acquisition Editors
Preparing Manuscripts
Social Media Guidelines
Sales and Marketing Review
Conferences

Higher Education

Our Acquisition Editors
Marketing and Publicity Guidelines
Social Media Guidelines
Sales and Marketing Review

Scholarly Publishing and Rotman-UTP Publishing

Our Acquisition Editors

Jennifer DiDomenico, Manager, Social Sciences Acquisitions
Acquiring in: Business and Economics

Len Husband, Acquisitions Editor
Acquiring in: Canadian History, History of Sciences and Medicine, Jewish Studies, Native History, and Philosophy

Jodi Lewchuk, Acquisitions Editor
Acquiring in: Anthropology, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Sociology, and Urban Studies

Meg Patterson, Acquisitions Editor 
Acquiring in: Health, Medicine, Social Work, and Education

Daniel Quinlan, Acquisitions Editor
Acquiring in: Political Science and Law

Suzanne Rancourt, Manager, Humanities Acquisitions
Acquiring in: Classics, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and Erasmus Studies

Stephen Shapiro, Acquisitions Editor
Acquiring in: Non-Canadian History, Slavic Studies, Semiotics, Lonergan Studies

Mark Thompson, Acquisitions Editor
Acquiring in: Literature, Book History, Film, Cultural Studies, and Communications

Preparing Manuscripts

We are pleased to work with you in bringing your manuscript through to publication. This section contains instructions for preparing and submitting your manuscript for the copyediting and production phases of publication at UTP. Your manuscript must be submitted as a Word file following the instructions provided here and please ensure you have obtained any permissions prior to submission and that your illustrations meet our quality standards.

Clearing Permissions:

Reprinting of any copyrighted illustrations and text (beyond the limit of fair dealing/use) is the author's responsibility and requires written permission from the copyright holder. Permission must be obtained for any tables, figures, graphs, drawings, cartoons, maps, or other images reproduced from another source, block quotations in excess of 300 words, and all poetry and song lyrics. No permission is needed for material in the public domain or brief quotes that constitute fair dealing/use. Permission must be received before your book can proceed into production. A sample request letter you can use for clearing permissions is available here

Artwork Meets Quality Standards:

Please refer to our Artwork Guidelines when preparing artwork for inclusion in your manuscript. Artwork includes tables, figures, photos, maps, etc.

Please submit the completed Art Inventory if your book contains images (i.e. photographs or scans of images).

Need help? Contact your acquiring editor.

You Will Need to Submit the Following Materials:

Digital files for manuscript text by email or on USB

  • Separate files for text body and artwork captions. 
  • Separate files for each piece of artwork (excluding tables which should be in the text body).

Digital files for all illustrations by email, USB or Dropbox

  • These must be .eps .jpg or .tif files.  
  • Some charts are acceptable in .xls or .xlsx format. Consult with your acquiring editor. 
  • Each illustration must be a separate file (with the exception of tables).

Paper copy of manuscript (if requested by your acquiring editor)

Permissions Documentation

  • We must have copies of any correspondence from rights-holders you have contacted including signed permission letters. They must be submitted at the same time as your final manuscript.

Are You Ready to Send Us Your Manuscript Materials?

If you are unable to provide any relevant items, please discuss these with your acquisition editor. Please send electronic forms and materials to your acquiring editor.

Thank you! We look forward to working with you on your book.

Social Media Guidelines

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Sales and Marketing Review

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Conferences

Visit our Events Calendar for information on forthcoming conferences and events. 

Higher Education

Our Acquisition Editors

Anne Brackenbury, Executive Editor
Acquiring in: Anthropology, Criminology, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Social Work, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies

Natalie Fingerhut, Editor
Acquiring in: History, with specific interest in Aboriginal History, Canadian History, European History, Jewish History, Medieval Studies, and non-Western History

Mat Buntin, Editor
Acquiring in: Politics, International Development Studies, Human Rights, and Security Studies

Julia Cadney, Editorial Assistant
Acquisition support, market research, and peer review 

Marketing and Publicity Guidelines

Download our Marketing and Publicity Guidelines for Authors for more information on how our Higher Education Division will market and sell your book. 

Social Media Guidelines

Download our Social Media Guidelines for more information on how you can help to promote your own work via social media.

Sales and Marketing Review

Scroll through our Sales and Marketing Review for a dynamic overview of the work we do each year to help disseminate your scholarship.