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Publishing with the School Division

Welcome to Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is one of the oldest publishing companies in the world. It is also one of the largest and most respected because of the quality and breadth of its publications. OUP is dedicated to the spread of knowledge, and all its surplus is devoted to the publication of works that further scholarship and education.

The School Division offers a wide range of resources, from Kindergarten through to grade 12, in the areas of Early Literacy, Social Studies, History, Geography, English Language, Humanities, Economics, World Religions, Reference and French-As-A-Second Language.

The School Division is directed by the desire to publish quality textbooks that meet the needs of their respective markets.

The Publication Process

A published book is the result of the talent, hard work, and collaboration of a great number of people. Rarely, except in the case of a privately commissioned publication, is a book the product of one person’s effort. Each person in the publication process brings to the project different talents and experiences, and bears different responsibilities. However, all are motivated by a commitment to produce the finest book or learning resource possible. This can only happen if each member of the team performs his or her respective role with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.

A book usually begins in one of two ways. Sometimes an author has an idea for a new book that will answer a perceived need or gap in a particular area. The author proposes this idea to the publisher, who then makes a decision on whether or not to go ahead with the publication based on market research and costs. Often, the publisher identifies a publishing opportunity based on market research, curriculum developments, or advances in knowledge and then finds authors.

Role of the Author

The author is of the utmost importance to the publication process. He or she is closest to the reader. Based on his or her knowledge of the target audience and curriculum, the author creates the ideas and applies these to the written manuscript. It is the author’s responsibility to research and compile the information and prepare the manuscript according to the specifications. She or he then works closely with the developmental editor to revise and polish the manuscript.

Role of the Reviewer

Reviews play an important part in the development of a textbook. OUP appreciates the opportunity to draw on the expertise of those working in the Education field. Reviewers of our texts are sent first draft of the manuscript (often in sections) and are asked to provide feedback and comments. Reviewer comments are then evaluated by the author, publisher, and developmental editor(s), who together decide on appropriate revisions to the manuscript.

Market presence

We have built strong relationships over the years with School Boards and Book Bureaus across the nation, and many of our titles can be found in classrooms in every province. The prestige, size, and diversity of OUP's lists ensure that these schools continue to use OUP texts and resources year after year. This is particularly important at a time of limited resources, when teachers are challenged by a lack of funding. OUP's reputation for the quality of its authors and books is respected by consultants, teachers and students across Canada.

Working well with our authors

We value our relationships with our authors and are constantly looking to improve the way we work together.

Manuscript development

We consult closely with our authors at every stage of writing, editing, and production processes, offering detailed advice when necessary.

Continuing commitment

Our interest in your book does not stop once it is published. We provide regular post-publication feedback. We are also committed to keeping Oxford books in print wherever possible.