Submitting a Manuscript for Consideration
The ND Institute for Regional Studies publications program operates editorially in the manner of a university press, selecting works of merit through peer review. This page and those linked to it provide information for authors, prospective authors, manuscript reviewers, and others who may be involved in the process by which the Institute acquires works and publishes them.
Dr. Ross Collins, Senior Editor, is the chief contact for authors seeking to place book manuscripts for publication with the Institute; Ross.Collins@ndsu.edu.
Dr. Kent Sandstrom, as Co-Director of the Institute, represents the Institute in negotiating agreements for publication with authors, and his office is in charge of marketing Institute books. Kent Sandstrom, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, NDSU Dept # 2300, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo 58108-6050; Telephone 701-231-8338; Kent.Sandstrom@ndsu.edu.
The Acquisition Process
When the Senior Editor receives a manuscript from an author, he solicits one or two authorities in the field to review the manuscript and provide an evaluation of its merits. (Here are the guidelines for reviewers.) Based on these evaluations, and also on internal editorial review, the Senior Editor makes a recommendation as to disposition of the manuscript. The decision may be acceptance (possibly with some revisions expected prior to publication), rejection, or return to author with suggestions for revisions and invitation to re-submit. It is the intention of the Institute to give a decision to the author within four months of submission.
The Institute pledges to authors orderly and expeditious consideration of manuscripts. In turn, the Institute has expectations of authors as described below.
The Institute does not consider simultaneous submissions. An author submitting a manuscript to the Institute signifies thereby that it is not also under consideration at another press.
Authors should be prepared to submit, along with the hard copy, a digital version of the work after it is accepted and necessary revisions have been made.
Authors of books accepted for publication will be contacted by Dr. Sandstrom to discuss terms of a publication agreement. Terms vary, but are comparable to those of other university presses and generally include payment of modest royalties.
On conclusion of a publication agreement, authors work with the Senior Editor, who is in charge of the process of copy editing, design, and production. The Institute's publishing process usually takes about six months. Communications by authors about copy editing, design, and production should be addressed to the Senior Editor.
Authors are furnished one set of page proofs. At this stage the author is expected to carefully proofread his or her work, and compile an index. The Institute requires an index.
Authors are important to the marketing of books. The Institute expects authors to plan and assist in book promotions, and will contact the author regarding promotion.
The publications program of the ND Institute for Regional Studies strives to be a high-quality operation that expects to serve a highly literate regional constituency. The Senior Editor welcomes inquiries from prospective authors.