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PUBLISH WITH UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PRESS
University of Toronto Press is a leading publisher of academic books and journals, primarily in the social sciences, humanities, and business. UTP welcomes manuscript submissions and proposals and is dedicated to serving its authors and readership through its rigorous editorial program, leading-edge production technologies, and active sales, marketing, and distribution departments.
UTP’s publishing program includes:
- Scholarly books that present important research and stimulate intellectual discussion.
- Course books for undergraduate and graduate use that also contribute to ongoing scholarship.
- Business books that bridge the gap between research and practice, offering creative tools for navigating today’s complex business environment.
- Journals that deliver the latest scholarship within a collaborative and innovative environment.
UTP is dedicated to its mission of “Advancing Knowledge” through its activities in the following areas:
EDITORIAL, PRODUCTION, AND DESIGN
- A long history of publishing works that have made substantial contributions to scholarship in Canada and internationally.
- Rigorous peer review and internal assessment, including evaluation from UTP’s Manuscript Review Committee, composed of senior scholars at the University of Toronto.
- Support of experienced acquiring editors with a strong commitment their respective lists and to their authors.
- Close attention to copyediting, layout, typesetting, and cover design.
SALES AND MARKETING
- UTP is present at major academic conferences in Canada, the United States, and Europe each year, including the annual meetings of the Modern Language Association, American Historical Association, American Anthropological Association, American Political Science Association, the Academy of Management, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, and many more.
- Our dedicated sales and marketing departments work together with the editors to ensure that UTP books are advertised and reviewed in key academic journals and popular periodicals, and that all books receive the necessary publicity, support, and exposure across markets.
- Global reach for the sales, marketing, and distribution of all UTP books via trade sales representatives in Canada, the United States, UK, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Japan, India, and beyond.
- UTP’s relationships with major online vendors and wholesalers ensure efficient sales through all retail channels, including Amazon, Google, Barnes & Noble, Indigo, as well as independent and university bookstores.
- Extensive email marketing through targeted, discipline-specific email campaigns delivers news of UTP books and journals directly to the inboxes of thousands of readers worldwide.
- Ever-expanding use of website trends, popular social media, and blogging technologies provides opportunities to creatively market UTP books online.
- An active team of sales representatives promotes UTP books in person and via email every semester on campuses across Canada and the United States.
IN THE WORDS OF SOME OF OUR AUTHORS AND JOURNALS PARTNERS
“Academic books should not only be good, they should also look good and be affordable. University of Toronto Press has mastered the art of academic publishing.”
—Wendy Chan, Simon Fraser University
“For the editor of a scholarly journal, University of Toronto Press is a dream publisher.”
—Professor Peter J. Carrington, Former Editor, Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
“UTP is a one-of-a-kind academic press which dares to take on new scholars who push against the mainstream with new ideas. UTP editors are committed to making space for diverse viewpoints, and as an author this enriches the publishing experience. Authors can interact with not only excellent editors but people who truly care about the work and are focused on making knowledge-creation inclusive.”
Caroline Shenaz Hossein, York University
“I have published two books with Rotman-UTP Publishing. In the crowded business book market, UTP stands out for its commitment to quality. At every step of a book’s development the UTP team provides truly outstanding advice, support, and suggestions for refinement and improvement. UTP is also outstanding at marketing, working to ensure that my books are widely available across Canada and internationally.”
—Graham Lowe, University of Alberta
“University of Toronto Press has resisted the increasingly cookie cutter approach of most major publication houses and reliably produces books that are smart, accessible, important, and, dare I say it, fun. Few presses cover such a wide range so well and their eye for interesting books that matter is laudable.”
—Eric Selbin, Southwestern University
"I can only say that my experience with UTP has been altogether positive, indeed a pleasure; and the highly skilled and committed team with which I have worked has made every aspect of the process rewarding and successful. I could not have asked for better colleagues or a better press.”
—Kenneth R. Bartlett, University of Toronto
“I have been involved with many publishers over the all too many years I have been an academic and the University of Toronto Press Journals team have been the best.”
—Herb Hirsch, Co-editor, Genocide Studies & Prevention
“As an academic author, the only problem I have found with UTP is that I do not desire to publish through other publishers. This is because I have experienced excellence in every stage of my work, including manuscript reviews, copyediting, process management, and working with an insightful and erudite acquisitions editor. UTP gives an author every facility needed for ground-breaking academic contributions.”
—Mohammad Jafar Amir Mahallati, Oberlin College
"I can enthusiastically say that UTP is interested in the product they are creating and that the entire enterprise is characterized by professionalism and intelligence. I have published with seven different presses, including both of the ‘giants’ in the US market, and I would unequivocally say that publishing with UTP was the best experience.”
—Roberta Garner, DePaul University
“UTP provides great support for new writers, excellent guidance through the minefield of peer-review, and flawless copyediting. I have found that UTP's effective marketing garners international attention and reaches diverse audiences. I have always felt that UTP provided me with expert advice in all aspects of the scholarly publishing process.”
—Michael Strangelove, University of Ottawa
“I ♥ UTP! Deciding over 12 years ago to move the Canadian Review of American Studies to UTP Journals was one of the best decisions I’ve made as an editor. UTP gave me all the freedom I needed to take a journal that had been, at least to some extent, in a rut and make it into the energetic, innovative, and more widely circulated journal it is today. So when I say I ‘heart’ UTP, it is from the heart!”
—Percy Walton, Editor, Canadian Review of American Studies
“From arranging the manuscript evaluations by experts and editing to cover design and marketing, the professionals at University of Toronto Press have made working on my books rewarding, successful experiences. UTP has my strongest recommendation for fellow authors!”
—Robin Pickering-Iazzi, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
“Working with UTP has been nothing but rewarding. UTP helped me to develop and realize a project that, in the end, owes a great deal to the input of their own very capable, flexible, and professional staff. Indeed, publishing with UTP has brought with it the pleasures of the best academic collaborations—a sense of shared objectives, a common concern for getting things right, and a fruitful outcome.”
—Andrew Walsh, Western University
“My experience working with UTP was magnificent. I found the production and editorial staff to be responsive, efficient, and supportive. I truly could not have been happier with my experience as an author and have already recommended to many colleagues that they submit their manuscripts to the press.”
—Jason Glenn, University of Southern California
“Publishing with University of Toronto Press has surpassed all expectations. The editorial support is outstanding, recognizing that there is no ‘one size fits all’ and that every author has a distinct and unique approach. The editors have demonstrated breadth, depth, and creativity.”
—Abigail B. Bakan, University of Toronto
“My ten-year association with the University of Toronto Press has been rewarding, both personally and professionally. Despite the fact that they are the largest scholarly press in Canada, my colleagues there always give me the impression I am working with a much smaller organization. That is, their attention to detail in every aspect of putting together a journal—from copyediting through circulation management, and everything in between—is both consistent and refreshing in a world where customer service appears to count for so little. Add to that their accomplishment of never releasing an issue late in ten years, and you have a publishing formula for success!”
—Tom Radko, Editor, Journal of Scholarly Publishing
“I highly recommend UTP. The entire process, from submission to publication, was incredibly efficient and professional. Throughout the process, I was kept informed of the status of the manuscript. All of the deadlines to complete various stages of manuscript preparation were met in advance. The entire publication and production team was excellent to work with. Most importantly, I was strongly supported by my acquiring editor, who championed this manuscript and stayed in contact with me throughout the process, something that I’ve not experienced at other presses. I look forward to working with UTP on future book projects."
—Lisa Benton-Short, George Washington University
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.
CONTACT UTP ACQUISITION EDITORS
Click here to contact one of our acquisition editors.
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:
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 PUBLISHING
As a not-for-profit university press with the goal to publish affordable books for undergraduate students, 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.
We want you to have a say in the development of your book. Your experience with UTP will include personal attention from our editors, quality book production, and proactive sales and marketing at campuses across North America.
“UTP has carved out a special niche in academic publishing with books that are rich, rigorous, and challenging while at the same time engaging and accessible. UTP staff members are highly pedagogically aware, and interested in the creative learning and teaching possibilities associated with these texts.”
—Alan Sears, Ryerson University
“A book is a highly personal creation, even a text designed for university use; UTP recognizes that. I can only say that my experience with UTP has been altogether positive, indeed a pleasure. I could not have asked for better colleagues or a better press.”
—Kenneth Bartlett, University of Toronto
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS
Proposals for course books 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).
Higher Education Series
Proposals for course books may also be directed specifically toward the following series published by UTP:
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.
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.
This groundbreaking new series realizes ethnographic research in graphic novel form. It 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. The series editors are Sherine Hamdy, University of California, Irvine, and Marc Parenteau.
Proposal guidelines for the ethnoGRAPHIC series can be downloaded here.
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:
Management and Leadership
Strategy and Innovation
Sustainability (including the Business and Sustainability Series)
Please direct proposals to Jennifer DiDomenico, editor for Business and Economics.
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.
NEW JEWISH PRESS
New Jewish Press is an imprint of University of Toronto Press, in partnership with the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, that includes outstanding books on Jewish culture, history, philosophy, literature, and religion. Books published under the New Jewish Press imprint will contribute to the Canadian and international Jewish cultural landscape by connecting with a broad and intellectually engaged readership.
Please submit your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
1. A title and subtitle
2. A brief synopsis of the book that provides an overview including a sense of its narrative arc
3. An annotated outline of the chapters that includes:
- Table of contents
- Brief chapter outlines
- Approximate word count
- Number and type of illustrations planned
- Sample chapter
4. A description of what makes your book unique
5. Examples of comparable titles and how your book is situated within this space
6. A description of the target market/audience
- Please define your audience (i.e. what is the identifiable market/who will buy it)?
- Why will it sell?
7. An author biography or CV, highlighting any previous writing, publishing, or media work
8. An outline of how you will be able to help in reaching your book's audience. Previous media appearances, active blogs, author websites, prominent reviews of previous books, a strong presence on social media are indicators of your ability to help promote your book. Please include links to your website, blog, social media sites (such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Amazon Author Page).
9. Manuscript status (i.e. proposal stage, partially written, manuscript complete)
Thank you for considering us as your publisher. Due to the number of submissions we receive, it may take up to three months to receive a reply. Please be patient as we consider your proposal.
PUBLISH YOUR JOURNAL WITH UTP
BUILDING EXPERIENCE FOR OVER 115 YEARS
With more than 115 years of publishing experience serving the changing needs of journal editors and managers, University of Toronto Press Journals Division is dedicated to innovation in scholarly publishing and the sustainability of scholarly journals. We believe that sustainability is supported by our partners maintaining control of their publications’ intellectual property and financial assets. We work hand in hand with our editors and associations to grow and sustain their publications – it is our common goal.
At UTP, we strive to push the boundaries of academic publishing and to help publications achieve their goals in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. We continue to innovate in areas such as advance online publication, and we have a proven track record of high quality services and in-depth support for our editors and publishing partners.
PUBLISHING A COLLECTION OF THE FINEST SCHOLARLY JOURNALS AND MAGAZINES – IN PRINT AND ONLINE
We manage publications from manuscript submission through to delivery. Services include:
- A bilingual online peer-review system that manages articles and book reviews to reduce costs and improve the experience of authors and reviewers.
- Copyediting, proofreading, and editorial support to ensure excellence and add value.
- Advance Online workflow to publish articles online ahead of print (if desired).
- Typesetting and layout (simple or complex, with features such as embedded audio and video supplements) for maximum readability.
- XML tagging (JATS DTD) to increase discoverability and ensure long-term access and archiving.
- Quality printing and cost-effective mailing.
- Online distribution to subscribers, with a variety of access options (e.g., IP range, institutional or individual access, single-article sales), to deliver accessible content to readers in their preferred formats across different devices.
- Customer-focused subscription management and renewals to maintain your subscriber base.
- Sales and marketing to increase readership and subscriptions in print and online.
- Indexing, abstracting, and licensing expertise to make your journal known to appropriate readers.
- Institutional eligibility (a SSHRC funding requirement) and knowledgeable assistance for submitting SSHRC grant applications and administration of Aid to Scholarly Journals funds.
- Timely reporting and analysis to keep you informed.
We welcome proposals and inquiries from current and new publications interested in publishing with University of Toronto Press and invite you to submit materials that will help us come to an informed decision about publishing your journal.
When submitting your proposal please be sure to include the following:
- A general description of the journal that includes subject area(s) covered as well as an analysis of its contribution to scholarship in the field and its target audience.
- Publication frequency (e.g., quarterly, annual).
- A description of the expected market for the journal, including information on related scholarly organizations.
- Information on competing journals in the field and an explanation of how your title is unique.
- Curricula vitae for the editor(s) and a list of editorial board(s) members.
- Report on income from all sources (from host institution, granting agencies, sponsors, print and electronic subscriptions, single issue sales, advertising sales, list rentals, subsidiary rights, sublicensing, etc.).
- Current subscriber information, including numbers of individual and institutional domestic and foreign subscribers as well as current subscription prices and foreign postage surcharges.
- Readership/usage statistics for online material.
- Details of any standing bookstore accounts, distribution agreements, secondary publishing agreements, cooperative web or sales agreements (e.g., Project Muse, CCC, JSTOR, ProQuest).
- Details of any current production arrangements (e.g., copyediting, proofreading, printing).
- Two sample issues and access to online site.
- Plans for upcoming special issues.
- A list of where the journal is indexed and abstracted.
- Impact factor, if known.
- An inventory report on back stock and an indication of what your current publisher will expect for it (e.g., transfer without charge, sell at unit cost, etc.).
- Details on licensing rights for all previously published content, at both the article and volume levels (who owns? will the rights transfer?).
For new titles, please include the following:
- Proposed publication frequency and start date.
- Information on the level of sponsor support for the journal.
- A description of the journal’s focus and an overview of standard content and sections (e.g., articles, book reviews, review essays, commentaries, multi-media).
- Curricula vitae for the editor(s) and a list of editorial board(s) members and affiliations.
- Information on competing journals in the field and an explanation of how your title is unique.
- Content (or examples of content) for the first two volumes.
UTP offers a publishing partnership that will allow you to participate in all decisions relating to how the journal is managed, including subscription pricing, pages produced, journal size, colour page sections, online features, and marketing strategy. Each year we will meet, in person or online, to plan for the upcoming year; we will discuss all aspects of the journal with you, and will develop a budget based on the agreed plan. As the year progresses and issues are published, UTP will send a report detailing the revenues and expenses associated with each issue.
Our mission is to be the leading journal publisher in Canada, serving the Canadian and international academic community with leading journals, superior publishing services, and customer-focused employees, and we continually work toward that goal by partnering with the leading journals and approaching publishing challenges with creativity and energy.
Contact us today and let us show you how our team can help you grow your publication to reach your goals.
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