Publishing with Us

ISER Books is the leading academic publisher in Atlantic Canada. Our mandate is to publish scholarship about the society, culture and economy of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the broader Atlantic Canadian and North Atlantic regions. 

While academic excellence is the foundation of ISER Books, we particularly welcome manuscripts that also have wide public appeal. We consider both research and research-creation-based projects.

We encourage you to browse our recent catalogues to get a sense of what we publish.

Guidelines for Prospective Authors

If you have an idea for a book, please contact Academic Editor, Dr. Fiona Polack ( If it looks like your project might be a good fit for ISER Books, she will ask you to submit a formal book proposal.

This proposal should include the following information:

  1. Name(s) and contact information of author(s) and/or editor(s).
  2. Proposed working title 
  3. A summary of the book (300-500 words). This should address the main subject and central argument of the book, outline the book’s objectives, and describe how these objectives are met. 
  4. If the book is an edited collection, information (200-300 words) about how all of the chapters will be linked so that the book forms a cohesive whole. 
  5. A table of contents and a brief synopsis for each of the book’s chapters. If this is an edited collection, please also provide details about each contributor.
  6. The intended audience(s) for your book, including information about possible course adoptions.
  7. A list of two or three titles and publication dates of other books dealing with a similar topic. Please briefly discuss how this book is distinctive.
  8. If available, a copy of the book’s introduction and one other chapter. 
  9. Approximate length of the proposed manuscript, including word count.
  10. A proposed date for the delivery of a full book manuscript.
  11. Any information you have about proposed funding sources to support publication.
  12. If the proposed book is based on a doctoral dissertation, outline (300-500 words) all of the changes that will be made to convert the thesis into a book. 
  13. Details about any illustrations, tables, or figures you intend to include.
  14. Any information that you currently have about already secured permissions or plans to obtain them. Authors are responsible for securing permissions for any material with existing copyrights in place. This might include quotations of prose or poetry, reproductions of the full text of documents in the original language or translation, and for figures, tables or illustrations. Permissions will also be needed for photographs of individuals, or other personal information about them. 

Please be aware that we do not consider simultaneous submissions. If your book has been submitted to another publisher, wait until you have heard definitively from that press before contacting us. 

All book proposals are reviewed first by the Academic Editor, who consults with the Director of ISER. If your proposal is accepted, you will then be invited to submit a full manuscript. You can find complete manuscript submission guidelines here.

If you are asked to submit a complete manuscript, it will first be reviewed in-house. If deemed ready, it will then undergo a comprehensive external peer review by two or more specialist readers. In some cases, proposals are also sent to peer reviewers as part of the decision-making process. The review process for both proposals and manuscripts can take several months, as it often takes time to locate willing readers and then they need sufficient time to read the materials and prepare a report. Final decisions about publication are made after a completed book project file is presented to the Director of ISER.