Call for Papers: Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada (PBSC)

Cover - Vol 55, No 1 (2017) Papers of The Bibliographical Society of CanadaSince 1962, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada has published important historical studies on the sociality and materiality of texts — including authorship, printing, binding, publishing, piracy, reading, education, and the book trade — in Canada and the world. A bilingual scholarly community has coalesced around PBSC, uniting literary critics, historians, librarians, booksellers, small-press printers, and students of English, French, history, sociology, library science, information science, bibliography, public policy, and other disciplines.

PBSC is seeking essays for several upcoming special issues — as well as non-theme-related papers — from scholars of any nationality on any aspect of book studies or book culture.

Upcoming issues include the following:

  • Regular issue (double issue for Spring/Fall 2018)
  • Festschrift for William F. E. Morley and Francess Halpenny (Spring 2019)
  • LGBTQ+ (Fall 2019)
  • The Ryerson Press: 50 Years Since the Sale (Fall 2020)

Specific calls for papers for each special issue will follow in due course, but please start planning your submissions now. Articles in either English or French may be submitted via the PBSC online journal management system as .doc or .docx files. The submission must be anonymized, include an abstract of no more than 200 words, and be accompanied by a short biographical statement. Articles should be no more than 9000 words. Shorter articles of up to 5000 words, which must follow the same academic standards as longer articles, are also accepted. Works longer than 9000 words should be queried first.

In matters of spelling and style, PBSC follows the Canadian Oxford Dictionary and the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (2010) (footnotes). Queries to Editor Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr are welcome at any time:

Submissions here:

Chicago Manual of Style here:

Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr
Editor Papers/Cahiers BSC/SBC

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