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.
If you have an idea for a book, please contact Academic Editor, Dr. Fiona Polack (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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:
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.