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Author Guidelines

Articles published in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada are generally between 5,000 and 9,000 words in length. The editor will consider longer articles if they exhibit exceptional merit. Articles shorter than 5,000 words will be published as notes. Submissions must follow the style laid out in the PBSC Style Guide.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) format.
  3. The submission follows the style explained under "Author Guidelines."
  4. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

The Bibliographical Society of Canada requires that authors, upon publication, assign all copyright in their article to the BSC. Exceptions to this rule may be made if necessary. Please note that the standard BSC publishing agreement explicitly grants authors the right to republish their article in a monograph. The BSC would be pleased to grant permission for other modes of republication (e.g., institutional repositories, personal Web sites) upon written request, subject only to the condition that first publication in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada be duly acknowledged.


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