On this page you will find an overview of the Press and its aims as well as links to other pages of the site where further information is available (in French).
Mestengo Press was founded in 1992 with the aid of a grant from the Academic Development Fund of the University of Western Ontario, initially to publish volumes in the series “Naturalist Documents”, edited by David Baguley. Since then, however, the press has broadened its scope and range of interests considerably. It remains within the purview of the French Department of the University of Western Ontario and functions mainly as a publishing outlet for researchers of that department. Nevertheless, it does also welcome contributions from scholars and writers from other universities throughout the world. French and English are the usual languages of publications by Mestengo Press. The Press only publishes books of academic interest and does not publish works written to further a political cause.
Since the Mestengo Press, unlike most university presses, does not receive a regular subsidy from its home university, authors from outside the University of Western Ontario are usually asked to provide a subvention to cover the main costs of publication. Members of the faculty of Arts of the University of Western Ontario may apply through the Office of the Dean of the Faculty for a publication grant from the Smallman Fund. As the Press has very limited secretarial and editorial resources, authors are asked to provide a final version of their work, ready for reproduction, and to contribute to the production, distribution and publicity of their text. Income generated from sales is added to a Publication Account which contributes to the administrative and publication costs of further volumes. Prospective authors should submit a preliminary proposal to the General Editor or to the editor of the appropriate series (see below) with a view to receiving a provisional approval of the planned publication. On receipt of the final version of the text, it will be evaluated anonymously by a specialist reader drawn either from within or from beyond the editorial committee.
The General Editor of the Press is Dr Laté Lawson-Hellu. To contact him and to find the names and contact information on other members of the editorial committee, series editors and administrative staff, please click on Administration and Renseignements .