The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America
The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA) is the Society’s distinguished quarterly journal; it has been an important avenue for scholarly communication on bibliographical matters since 1906. PBSA contains articles on book and manuscript production, publication, distribution, collecting, and reading in all periods, geographical regions, and media, as well as editorial and textual scholarship across all disciplines. The journal publishes original articles, book reviews, bibliographical notes, and review essays.
Individual subscriptions come with membership in the Society, and include the full year’s issues in print and e-Book formats. PBSA is also available online to BSA members; click here to read and search the journal online. You must activate your MemberPlanet account and log in for access. For help activating your BSA account with MemberPlanet, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PBSA Guidelines for Contributors
PBSA welcomes scholarship that deals with the study of books and manuscripts from any period or geographical region. Of particular interest is work that examines the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence, whether for establishing a text or illuminating the history of book production, publication, distribution, or collecting, or for other purposes. Studies of the printing, publishing, and allied trades are also welcome. We will consider enumerative submissions as well, but such work should consist primarily of original scholarship and not a compilation from existing sources.
PBSA publishes articles up to 15,000 words in length, shorter bibliographical notes up to 3,000 words, reviews in the range of 1,000–2,500, and review essays up to 6,000 words. Authors wishing to submit a manuscript for consideration should do so through the journal’s Editorial Manager portal. We require all submissions in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx, formatted with 1-inch margins, 1½ line spacing, in a 12-pt. Times New Roman typeface. All images should be submitted as separate files through the Editorial Manager portal. PBSA is a peer-reviewed journal, so please do not include your name or any identifying information in the body of your manuscript.
We require that submissions follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., in all matters of usage and citation. Please note that PBSA employs footnotes rather than in-line citations and bibliographies. We also encourage authors to limit footnotes to citations for quoted passages and brief elaborations; long “see also” lists in footnotes are strongly discouraged. For journal specific guidelines, see our PBSA Style Sheet.
We cannot give final acceptance to an article until all permissions are obtained. Authors should therefore seek permissions for all illustrations in a timely manner as the process can at times be protracted. Final images should be of publishable quality, i.e., a minimum 300 dpi greyscale or color (8-bit).
Offprints for Authors
Authors of articles, notes, and reviews appearing in PBSA receive two copies of the issue. Those wishing to purchase additional copies of their contributions in the form of offprints should request these from David L. Gants at the time authors return their page proofs.
Guidelines for Advertisers
PBSA welcomes advertising of an appropriate nature in its quarterly journal. The Society membership includes individuals and institutions, of whom approximately one-sixth are outside the United States. Please direct all advertising inquiries to the Journals Division of the University of Chicago Press; telephone: 773-702-0224; fax: 773-834-3480.