Call for Papers, Documents, and Tools

Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada (PBSC)

PBSC is seeking submissions for its double Spring/Fall 2018 issue. Submissions may take the form of an academic article (5000 to 9000 words) or note (under 5000 words).

With this issue, we are launching a new section of the journal, called “Documents and Tools.” The purpose of this new section is to share useful tools (indexes, bibliographies, descriptions of archival or special collections, non-digital finding aids, etc.) and previously unpublished primary sources (documents or images) of interest to the book studies community. Permissions must be obtained as required for documents and tools.

Submissions in either English or French may be made via the PBSC online journal management system as .doc or .docx files. Documents and tools will not be peer reviewed (unless requested by the author) but articles and notes will be. These must be anonymized and include an abstract of no more than 200 words. All submissions must be accompanied by a short biographical statement. Notes must follow the same academic standards as longer articles. Works longer than 9000 words should be queried first.

Deadline for submissions is August 30, 2018. Publication will be in the Spring/Fall 2018 issue.

Queries to Editor Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr are welcome at any time:

Submit articles here:

In matters of spelling and style, PBSC follows the Canadian Oxford Dictionary and the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (2010) (footnotes):

Since 1962, PBSC 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.

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