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Searching the Website
Contact Information
Ordering Information
For Booksellers
For Prospective Authors
For University of Alberta Press Authors
Rights & Permissions
Royalty Inquiries
Rights and Permissions Inquiries
Miscellaneous

Searching the Website

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Use the Search box at the top right corner to type in a search term (book title, author name, ISBN, or keyword) and hit the “return” key on your keyboard. Be sure to use complete words or phrases. You should receive a search results page with the information you are looking for.

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Contact Information

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A: Our Contacts page gives complete information about our staff and location.
A: Our Contacts page has a map and driving directions.
A: As a policy, we do not distribute author contact information, but we do forward emails and letters. Please email or mail one of our staff with your request.
A: Sign up to receive notifications when our newest catalogue has been released.
A: Please visit the University of Alberta human resources website. Any job openings at the University of Alberta Press will be posted there.
A: You may download a PDF of the University of Alberta Press catalogue from our home page and other pages of the website. To receive a printed version, contact our Associate Director.

Ordering Information

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A: The easiest way to order is through the “Add to Cart” button on each book page. Click on the button and you will be taken to a secure server. Add the book to your shopping cart and check out or continue to browse. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

If you have any questions, call us at 780.492.3662. From our office, we can also accept debit cards for purchases.

Our How to Order page gives more information on how to order, particularly for booksellers and wholesalers.

A: These are subject to change. You will be informed of shipping costs when you place your order.
A: Contact the relevant distributor or our Business Administrator Basia Kowal.

A: A growing number of titles published by the University of Alberta Press are available as ebooks. We sell many of our ebook editions through our website.

Our e-bookselling partners include:

  • Amazon.com (Kindle)
  • ebrary
  • Follett
  • Google ebookstore
  • Ingram Digital
  • Kobo
  • MyiLibrary
  • Netlibrary
  • OverDrive
  • Questia
  • Sony Reader Store
  • Wheelers Books
A: Not all books display well in available e-book formats. Other times, we were not able to secure permissions for electronic editions. Most of our new books are published as e-books, and we are always working to add more backlist content and present it in the best possible way.
A: Many of our e-books are available through library aggregators. We do not sell e-books directly to libraries.
A: No, or a very small percentage of an e-book, depending upon the digital rights management (DRM) applied by the various partners who sell our e-books.

For Booksellers

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A: Books must have been purchased not less than 3 months and not more than 12 months prior to return. Books must be in mint (resaleable) condition. 100% credit will be allowed when a copy of the invoice or the invoice number is supplied; otherwise a 5% penalty will be deducted from credit. Short shipments must be reported within 30 days of receipt of order. No claims or adjustments will be considered more than 6 weeks after date of invoice. Damaged books for which credit is not given will be returned by request at customer’s expense. Call the relevant distributor for additional information.
A: Please contact our Associate Director, who will set you up with a regular data feed from BooksoniX.
A: Yes. Please work with your Ampersand representative (Canada) or our marketing department so that arrangements for early return can be in place.
A: Yes. Please direct your request to Cathie Crooks (ccrooks@ualberta.ca or fax 780.492.0719) or the relevant distributor.

For Prospective Authors

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A: Most publishers receive hundreds and sometimes thousands of manuscripts in a year. Often publishers receive so many manuscripts that they cannot respond quickly or with more than a form (rejection) letter to individual authors. The University of Alberta Press (UAP) receives approximately 1000 proposals each year.

Authors will have a greater opportunity of finding a publisher if they find one whose program matches their book manuscript. We recommend that authors visit bookstores and libraries to find out which publishers are publishing the type/genre of book they have written. Then, visit those publishers’ web sites to learn if they will consider unsolicited manuscripts and, if so, whether they have specific submission guidelines (see Author Handbook: Submissions).

A: We would much rather receive a proper submission at the outset. To see what kinds of books we publish, a good place to start is our subject index. If you think there is a good chance that we would be interested in your work, send along a full proposal and supporting material by e-mail or mail.

Note that there are many kinds of books that we do not publish. Our editorial program is focused on certain fields and styles of scholarship. We do not normally consider unrevised dissertations, nor Festschriften.

A: The University of Alberta Press has an annual poetry reading season. See our Submissions Information page.
A: No. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has excellent advice for writers and illustrators of materials for children.
A: We accept submissions via Submittable. See our Submissions Information page. Our editors generally do not respond to e-mail submissions that are obviously mass-mailed or are clearly inappropriate for the Press.
A: If, after a month, you have not heard from the editor to whom you submitted your project, feel free to send a query by e-mail.
A: While we welcome your submissions, the University of Alberta Press is not responsible for any lost or misdirected manuscripts, photographs, or artwork. It is not our policy to return proposals or manuscripts nor do we retain material at the Press, so please do not send originals.
A: Members of the Press Committee are guardians of the University of Alberta Press imprint and approve every project for publication under the UAP and subsidiary imprints: Pica Pica Press; Gutteridge Books; CCI Press; Polynya Press. Members are appointed by the Vice Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian of the University of Alberta.
A: University presses make available to students, scholars, and the broader public the full range of research, intellectual endeavor, and artistic creativity undertaken in educational and cultural organizations around the world. Driven by the mission of promoting and preserving scholarship rather than increasing the bottom line, university presses play a critical role in disseminating great ideas. For more information, visit the website of the Association of American University Presses. (Quoted directly from U California Press website.)
A: No. We are a publisher, not a printer. We contract out all printing. The word “Press” in our name hails back to a tradition of calling certain publishers “presses.”
A: There are as many possible answers to that question as there are books. The variables include: the amount and complexity of editorial work required; the amount, composition, and complexity of illustrations; the requirement for permissions; the number of finished pages; the number of copies printed; whether the book will be available in various editions (formats).
A: The decision to publish is made independent of the availability of funds to cover the costs of publication. However, at the University of Alberta Press we seek subvention to cover the printing costs and, if there are extraordinary preprinting costs such as illustration related costs, we also seek sufficient money to cover those costs.
A: At the University of Alberta Press books are chosen based on their suitability to the Press’ publishing program, academic rigor, and the interests and expertise of the editors.

A: Generally speaking, books are published according to the schedule indicated in author contract. However, many factors may come to bear on the schedule that may not be predictable at the time the contract is signed. For instance, the author may not be able to make necessary revisions within the time agreed which might cause the manuscript to lose its place in line. The necessary subvention may not be forthcoming in a timely manner. Changes in personnel or illness within the publishing house may cause delays. Even world events may affect a publishing schedule.

As much as possible the Press tries to keep authors informed of the status of their manuscripts.

A: The links page gives some of the best general websites for publishing information. Here are more specific suggestions.

The Association of Canadian Publishers. The national collective voice of English-language Canadian-owned book publishers.

The Association of Canadian University Presses / Association Des Presses. The Association of Canadian University Presses / Association Des Presses Universitaires Canadiennes exists to serve the interest of Canadian scholarship. By their publishing activity, ACUP / APUC members encourage the broadest distribution of the fruits of research and scholarship. The ACUP / APUC provides an organization through which the exchange of ideas relating to university presses and their functions may be facilitated. The members of our community practice a unique kind of publishing, which needs a public voice. The ACUP / APUC is a source for publishing advice and assistance to learned bodies, scholarly associations, institutions of higher learning, and individual scholars and the major voice of the scholarly publishing community to government, to the media, and to the public.

Book Publishers Association of Alberta The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) was founded in 1975 to support the development of a thriving provincial publishing industry, away from Canada’s traditional book publishing centres. Today one of the strongest communities of regional publishers in North America, the BPAA counts more than 25 member companies, many of which are owned and operated in Alberta. Our members publish books by local, national and international authors and provide significant cultural and economic benefits to this province. They work with writers, printers, artists and other creative people to produce high quality books that are sold in Alberta and throughout the world.

The Association of American University Presses. Formally established in 1937, AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its 130+ member presses fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. AAUP members are active across many scholarly disciplines, including the humanities, the arts, and sciences, and are innovators in the world of electronic publishing.

Canadian Publishers’ Council. Website for the Canadian Publishers’ Council, includes membership list. (The CPC includes publishers in Canada that are not wholly owned and operated in Canada; many multinational companies are members of the CPC.)

Association Nationale des Éditeurs de Livres.  Association of Québec and French Canadian Presses L’ANEL regroupe près de 100 maisons d’édition de langue française au Québec et au Canada.

The Association of American Publishers. The major U.S. publishing organization’s website.

Bowker’s Books in Print. Bowker’s website listing all the books in print and publishers.

LiteraryMarketPlace Alphabetical listings of all types of publishers in North America and the rest of the world, with a special category for small presses.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program is a key activity of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Formerly known as the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program, the ASPP is a competitive funding program designed to assist with the publication of scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences.

A: For specialized advice for academic writers:
  • William Germano, From Dissertation to Book. 2nd ed. (U of Chicago Press, 2013).
  • William Germano, Getting it Published. 2nd ed. (University of Chicago Press, 2008).
  • Eleanor Harman, et al., The Thesis and the Book (U of T Press, 2003).
  • Beth Luey, Handbook for Academic Authors. 4th ed. (Cambridge U Press, 2002). [See chapter on thesis and book]
  • James Mulholland, “What I’ve Learned about Publishing a Book,” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 45 (April 2014), 211–236.
  • James Mulholland, “What I’ve Learned about Revising a Dissertation,” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 43 (October 2011), 39–51.
  • Jacob L. Wright, “What Enhanced E-Books Can Do for Scholarly Authors,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 April 2014.
  • Robin Derricourt, An Author’s Guide to Scholarly Publishing (Princeton University Press, 1996).

Style books for academic writing and editing:

  • The Chicago Manual of Style Online: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. The Bible for all academic editors. This includes both Humanities styles and Author-Date styles for references.
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2013. APA style is one of the most commonly used author-date styles in the social sciences, specifically psychology, behavioral and social sciences, nursing, criminology, and personnel areas. The guide is a must for anyone dealing in any of these fields and also can be used for working in the sciences with author-date style.

For books on writing and editing your own work:

  • William Zinsser, On Writing Well 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. (Harper Collins, 2006).
  • Betsy Lerner, The Forest for the Trees (Revised and Updated): An Editor's Advice to Writers (Riverhead Books, 2010).
  • Susan Bell, Artful Edit: On The Practice Of Editing Yourself (WW Norton, 2008).
  • Carol Fisher Saller, The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself) (University of Chicago Press, 2009).
  • Stephen King, On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft (Scribner, 2010).

For Poets:

  • Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within (Arrow, 2007).

For University of Alberta Press Authors

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A: In order to update your address, please send notification by email or by standard mail to our Business Administrator.
A: Yes. The University of Alberta Press gives all authors and editors a 40% discount on all books published by the Press. Contributors to edited volumes receive a 40% discount on that book. Please contact us for instructions on how to place your order.
A: This depends upon many factors, including having all permissions for electronic editions and format of the content. Some poetry, for example, requires particular shapes and fonts and does not translate well to EPUB or Kindle editions.
A: The University of Alberta Press house style is based on The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.; however, if another style has been used consistently throughout the manuscript, we may elect to keep that style.
A: Yes. Please supply high quality black and white photographs, 4 x 6 inches if possible. We cannot accept print outs or laser copies of art unless it is purely a black and white chart or simple figure. In that case, please send us a good laser and also the files.
A: Generally, no. Images downloaded from websites usually have low resolution (72 dpi) and are not suitable for offset printing—they will look pixilated or jagged when printed. However, some websites have a link for downloading a high resolution image; this image will reproduce well in print. And please see Rights, below.

Rights and Permissions

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A: Often you do. Many photographs and charts on the Internet are copyrighted. Please check the website carefully to see if the images you want to use are copyrighted. Often websites will have a Permissions and Rights link with further information.
A: Please note that the publisher of a book in which you have seen art most likely does not own the rights to the art. Look carefully at credits and contact the relevant organization listed there.
A: Yes, because your translation is considered a derivative work. However, if the work is no longer under copyright, then you need not obtain permission. This is also true if you are using someone else’s image and recreating it by colouring, cropping, or adding other artistic effects.
  1. Supply art in black and white format if at all possible. Authors often prepare graphs or scans of photos in colour, but these reproduce badly. Do not save colour images as black and white images, as these will also reproduce badly.
  2. Submit only TIFF (TIF) or EPS files if you submit art digitally. These are high-resolution files suitable for offset printing. Try to avoid JPG (JPEG) files. Halftones (art with any shades of grey) should be 266 to 300 dpi; line art 900 to 1200 dpi. These are minimums. If the art is to print at more than 100% (in other words, to be enlarged from file size), the resolution must be correspondingly higher.
  3. Do not provide PDF, and GIF files. None of these are intended for offset printing. Do not embed images in Word files, as we then have to strip them out.
  4. Please supply hard copy printouts of all art files, along with captions and any necessary permissions. Captions should be typed on a separate page from the art.
  5. Please note approximate placement for images, graphs, and figures in the manuscript. Example: <fig. 3 about here>.

Royalty Inquiries

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A: Annually, on or before June 30. Royalty statements are mailed separately from payment.
A: Please contact our Business Administrator Basia Kowal, with any royalty related questions.
A: Please contact the Director and Publisher of the University of Alberta Press regarding questions about your contract.
A: Royalty statements and cheques are issued based on the terms of your contract. If you have not received a royalty cheque it may be because there is no payment due based upon prior period sales (please check your statement); you have moved and have not notified us of your new address; or you may have not reached the $35.00 minimum payment requirement. If you have specific questions, please contact our Business Administrator.
A: Royalties are payable in Canadian dollars only.
A: The minimum threshold for royalties is $35.00.
A: Authors are encouraged to register directly with Access Copyright in order to simplify, and speed up, payments for copying from their work.
A: Yes. The University of Alberta sends out T-5 statements in the mail in February each year. If you have not received a T-5 statement and you believe this is an error, please contact our Business Administrator, Basia Kowal.

Rights and Permissions Inquiries

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A: Please work through your institution. They will contact the University of Alberta Press to request a file for your use. You will be asked to purchase a copy of the print edition. See Rights and Permissions page.

Miscellaneous

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A. The University of Alberta Press is an academic unit of Learning Services, reporting to the Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian.

UAP and its activities are funded by a combination of federal and provincial culture and research support grants, project funds, sales of books, licensing fees and international distribution rights, and institutional support.

A: A portion of the University of Alberta Press’s publishing program is devoted to specialized scholarship; these books have small print runs and therefore rarely recover their production costs. Other books with complex production specifications, such as those in the arts and sciences and textbooks, are expensive to produce. UAP is dedicated to reaching the audiences for which its books are intended; pricing the books for their markets often means that subsidy is required to break even.

 

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