Focus and Scope
The purpose of the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada is to publish original articles and notes in the field of bibliography and/or the history of the book, a field broadly construed to include printing and publishing history, studies of authorship, print culture studies, digital humanities, copyright history, the history of reading, textual studies, scholarly editing, library history, historical bibliography, descriptive/analytic bibliography, communications studies, media history, and any literary or historical research that takes particular account of the material forms of texts. The journal does not publish enumerative bibliographies (lists of publications on specialized topics). It is open to research on any time period or geographical region.
Peer Review Process
Every article and note published in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada undergoes a rigorous double-blind evaluation by two experts. In the case of extreme disagreement, the editor solicits a third opinion. Evaluators assess the submission on (i) the originality of its contribution to the field, (ii) the soundness of its scholarly method, and (iii) the clarity of its writing (organization, style, diction, and grammar) and make one of the following recommendations: (a) accept, (b) accept with minor revisions, (c) accept with major revisions, or (d) reject. Poor writing alone is sufficient grounds for rejection. Detailed indications of ways in which the submission could be improved are welcome. In all cases, evaluators are encouraged to limit themselves to remarks that the author will find constructive; unnecessarily harsh commentary will not be forwarded. The editor then chooses whether to accept or reject the submission and communicates this decision to the author along with the evaluations. In the former case, the author is given a deadline for submission of the revised text. The editor works with the author to ensure that all points raised by the evaluators are sufficiently addressed before publication. In some cases, rejected articles may be suitable for revision and resubmission as a note.
The Papers/Cahiers are published twice a year, in the spring, and in the fall.
Delayed Open Access
The contents of this journal will be available in an open access format 20 month(s) after an issue is published.
At present all issues of the Papers/Cahiers are available on this site. There is a three-year moving wall so that only the contents pages of the most recent six issues are available online.
About this Publishing System
This journal uses Open Journal Systems 18.104.22.168, which is open source journal management and publishing software developed, supported, and freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project under the GNU General Public License.