Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

As scholarly publishers, we have a responsibility to ensure that the research of our authors is enjoyed by the widest possible audience. We see open-access publishing as a timely, cost-effective - and sustainable – approach to distribute the important research we publish. At the same time, we value the ineffable connection provided by a beautifully printed book. It doesn’t have to be either online publishing or a printed book. Some can be both, and each project is considered on its own merits.

We are based at the University of Calgary and showcase the best of research taking place here, but our scope is global. University of Calgary Press celebrates research that makes people think, that moves the conversation forward. Our books explore a sense of place in western Canada, the relevance of history in our lives, and our impact on the world around us. The following areas have been identified as the publishing strengths of the Press.



Series Policies

Africa: Missing Voices

ISSN 1703-1826 (print) ISSN 1925-5675 (online)

This series illuminates issues and topics concerning Africa that have been ignored or are missing from current global discourse. These titles address concerns that been long overlooked in political, social, and historical discussions about this continent. A primary focus is local governance issues.  This series is intended to be published in open access format in collaboration with African university presses and libraries.

Series Editor:

Don Ray

Professor, Political Science

Chair, Traditional Authority Applied Research Network (TAARN)
University of Calgary

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Art in Profile: Canadian Art and Architecture

ISSN 1700-9995 (print) ISSN 1927-4351 (online)

Art in Profile showcases the contribution of contemporary Canadian artists and architects both emerging and established.  Each book provides insight into the life and work of an artist or architect whose innovative and creative imagination is “making a difference, making us think.”

Series Editor: 

Geoffrey Simmins

Professor, Department of Art

Associate Dean (Research and Planning), Faculty of Fine Arts

University of Calgary

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Beyond Boundaries: Canadian Defence and Strategic Studies

ISSN 1716-2645 (print) ISSN 1925-2919 (online)

Canada’s role in international military and strategic studies ranges from peacebuilding and Arctic sovereignty to unconventional warfare and domestic security.  This series provides narratives and analyses of the Canadian military from both an historical and a contemporary perspective.

Series Editor:

Rob Huebert

Professor, Political Science

Associate Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies

Chair, Editorial Board, University of Calgary Press

University of Calgary

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Canadian History and Environment

ISSN 1925-3702 (Print) ISSN 1925-3710 (Online)
The University of Calgary Press is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Network in Canadian History & Environment /Nouvelle initiative canadienne en histoire de l'environnement (NiCHE) which explores topical issues in Canadian history as seen through an environmental lens.
Series Editor:
Alan MacEachern
Associate Professor, Department of History
Director, NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment
University of Western Ontario

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Cinemas Off Centre

ISSN 1912-3094 (print) ISSN 1925-2927 (online)

This series presents cutting-edge research that provokes and inspires new interdisciplinary explorations of past, present, and emerging cinematic trends by individuals and groups of filmmakers from around the world. The series has a strong interest in Canadian subjects.

Series Editor:

Darrell Varga

Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Film and Media Studies

NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design)

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Energy, Ecology, and Environment

ISSN 1919-7144 (print) ISSN 1925-2935 (online)
The Alberta landscape is the focal point for international discussions about energy and natural resources and ecological and environmental concerns.  This series explores topical issues around the culture, politics and future of natural resources and the environment.

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Latin American & Caribbean Studies

ISSN 1498-2366 (print) ISSN 1925-9638 (online)

This series redefines our understanding of historical and current issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Series Editor:

Hendrik Kraay

Department Head, Department of History
University of Calgary

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Northern Lights

ISSN 1701-0004 (print) ISSN 1925-2943 (online)

The circumpolar North is an area of contemporary discussion and historical fascination.  This series highlights diverse areas of northern scholarship, including natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Co-published with the Arctic Institute of North America.

Series Editor:
Elisa Hart
Anthropological researcher
Arctic Institute of North America


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The West

ISSN 1922-6519 (print) ISSN 1925-587X (online)
This series focuses on creative non-fiction that explores our sense of place in the West.  How do we define ourselves as Westerners and what impact do we have on the world around us?   Essays, biographies, memoirs, and insights into Western Canadian life and experience are highlighted.

Series Editor:

Aritha van Herk

Professor, Department of English

University of Calgary

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Non-series Monographs

We also welcome manuscripts that do not neatly fall under any of the above series. While our areas of interest and our resources focus around the series, we are always interested in reading manuscripts that make a difference and make us think. Please feel free to submit your manuscript for our review.

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Peer Review Process

All of our manuscripts undergo a peer review process to ensure that the material is bright, provocative and making a thoughtful contribution to scholarship.
1. Internal assessment by the Press staff.
2. Assessment by the Series editor and a member of our Editorial Board.
3. If it fits with our publishing program and has scholarly merit, it goes to two external reviewers who are knowledgeable in the subject area (this can take 3-4 months).
4. Blind copies of the external reviews are provided to the author/editor who then prepares a response.
5. The evaluations and the response are discussed by the Editorial Board.
6. The Board makes a decision to publish, reject, revise and resubmit, or some variation of these.


Publishing Process

After the Editorial Board has accepted the manuscript formally for publication, the author (or editor) and the Director of the Press will negotiate the terms of the publication agreement. In all cases, the author (or editor) retains the copyright to the work.


When the Editorial Board accepts a manuscript for publication, it is with the proviso that final revisions are made and funding is acquired. External funding is needed to assist with the book production costs. Therefore, we appreciate any suggestions for possible funding and encourage authors to investigate funding sources.


Once your manuscript has been accepted for publication, you will be asked to provide the revised manuscript. The Press requires computer files for text, photographs, maps, or other artwork pertaining to your manuscript. See the Image Guide for help in preparing illustrative files.

All manuscripts published by the University of Calgary Press are subject to copyediting in accordance with the style guidelines set out in The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.). Depending upon the nature and extent of the required editorial changes, the copyeditor will consult you either during or immediately after completing the editing of the manuscript. The marked-up copy will normally be returned for your approval. The copyeditor will also send you a list of questions, comments, and suggestions resulting from this reading of the manuscript. Please do not take this stage of production as an opportunity to rewrite your manuscript. Substantive changes are not normally allowed at this point. In the extreme case, such changes could result in a very different manuscript – one that might not have received approval from the Editorial Board if it had been submitted for publication. Demonstrable improvements will be looked upon more favourably the earlier they are made.

When you review the marked-up manuscript, you may, of course, restore the original reading of a text wherever the changes suggested by the copyeditor result in a distortion of meaning or the inadvertent introduction of inconsistencies. Once you have satisfactorily responded to the questions raised by the copyeditor, page proofs will be prepared.

Proofreading and Preparation of the Index

Our designer will lay out the manuscript. These pages will be provided to you for proofreading. You will be asked to use this draft to prepare an index. The preparation of an adequate index requires a thorough knowledge of the subject matter of a book. Therefore, a case can be made that the author is really the only person who can do the job. Nevertheless, many authors have little experience in the technical aspects of creating an index and wisely hire an indexer. The Chicago Manual of Style presents an extensive discussion of the procedures involved with creating an index.

Marketing and Distribution

The University of Calgary Press has an active marketing program, including sales representation within Canada and abroad. To make this program successful we welcome your advice and cooperation. The close relationship that the Press has developed with many North American university libraries and agents assures the effective and appropriate distribution of your book. You can assist us greatly by providing the names of appropriate individuals, societies, institutions, and scholarly conferences that might have an interest in your book.

Favourable book reviews, published in appropriate places, can be crucial to the marketing prospects of your book. Soon after your book has been accepted for publication, you will be asked to complete an Author Publicity Form which (among other things) asks for a list of names and addresses of scholarly journals or periodicals that might be interested in publishing reviews of your book. As soon as your book is published, we will send copies to appropriate individuals or journals for review. We ask publishers of reviews to send us copies so that we may include extracts in future publicity. We will forward copies to you as they are received.


Manuscript Submission Documents

Please consult the Submission Guidelines.


Style and Documentation Guidelines


Open Access Policy


As a scholarly publisher, the University of Calgary Press embraces open-access publishing in order to make our books available to the widest possible audience. With our authors' permission, titles are published under a Creative Commons licence and are made available as free PDF files on our website. Our open-access titles are also published as e-books and in traditional book format, available for purchase through bookstores and on-line retailers.