Submitting a Manuscript for Consideration
The North Dakota State University Press 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 press acquires works and publishes them.
Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, Editor in Chief, is the first contact for authors seeking to place book manuscripts for publication with NDSU Press. Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts and manuscript proposals through our online submissions site. Dr. Kelley may be contacted at North Dakota State University Press, NDSU Dept #2360, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050; Telephone 701-231-6848; Suzzanne.Kelley@ndsu.edu.
Dr. Kent Sandstrom, as Co-Director of the Institute, represents NDSU Press in negotiating agreements for publication with authors, and his office is in charge of marketing NDSU Press 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 Editor in Chief receives a manuscript from an author, she conducts an internal evaluation. If it is determined that the manuscript will move forward, she solicits two authorities in the field to review the manuscript and to provide evaluations of its merits. (Here are the guidelines for reviewers.) Based on internal editorial review and external reviewer evaluations, the Editor in Chief 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.
NDSU Press pledges to authors orderly and expeditious consideration of manuscripts. In turn, the Institute has expectations of authors as described below.
- NDSU Press does not consider simultaneous submissions. An author submitting a manuscript to the press signifies thereby that it is not also under consideration at another press.
- Authors should be prepared to submit a digital (MSWord) version of their work.
- Authors of books accepted for publication will be contacted by Dr. Sandstrom to discuss terms of a publication agreement. Terms are comparable to those of other university presses and include payment of modest royalties.
- On conclusion of a publication agreement, authors work with the Editor in Chief, who is in charge of copy editing, design, production, marketing, and publicity. Communications by authors about copy editing, design, and production should be addressed to the Editor in Chief.
- 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 press requires an index for scholarly works.
- Authors are important to the marketing of books. The press expects authors to plan and assist in book promotions.
The publications program of NDSU Press, under the umbrella of the ND Institute for Regional Studies, strives to be a high-quality operation that expects to serve a highly literate regional constituency. The Editor in Chief welcomes inquiries from prospective authors.