InTech Books Highlights: overview of the last 10 years - Books

May 7, 2015

InTech is the publisher of one of the largest multidisciplinary open access collection of books that cover the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine. Up until the beginning of 2015, we have published 2,420 books on our reading platform InTech Open and each and every one of these is free to be read and downloaded with no restrictions or limitations.

InTech's book is a self-contained collection of scholarly contributions on the same topic written by different authors from across the world and with extensive knowledge and expertise in specific fields of science. Every book project is completed under the editorial supervision of a book editor.

In total, our book chapters have been downloaded +59 million times up to this date. Each week about 170,000 users visit InTech's reading platform and search for information and the latest developments in their areas of studies. This leads to book shares and citations, as well as easing the fundamental problem of limited accessibility to knowledge by offering scientific resources at no cost to the science communities worldwide. This is why we dedicate our fourth newsletter of the InTech Book Highlights Series to our rich portfolio of book publications.

InTech and the total books published in numbers (2005-2014):

  • 10 years
  • 2,420 books
  • authors and editors from 3,085 institutions from 149 countries
  • 679 000 unique readers per month

InTech and the total number of books published over the years (2005-2014):

Interesting fact: if we were to print and put our 2,420 books one on top of the other, we would reach a height that surpassed the largest of Egypt's pyramids, the Red Pyramid and the Statue of Liberty.

The main subject area that is covered by our publications is currently engineering, followed by health sciences, life sciences and social sciences and humanities, as represented by the number of books that are published under each category in the chart below:

InTech and Book Citations

Among the content published in an open environment without access restrictions, our books have accumulated a significant number of citations with some titles receiving more than 100 citations. This number stands out as according to a recent report by Torres-Salinas et al. (http://bipublishers.es/). Books that were published roughly in the same timeframe (2009-2013) and indexed in 'Science' and 'Engineering and Technology' categories of Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index (BKCI) have received no more than 5.44 and 5.93 citations on average respectively (see the report highlights).

To find the list of our highly cited books please visit here.

Editors' Spotlight

To better understand how one of our books comes alive, what research it includes and the importance of using the open access publishing model, we asked three of our editors, Dr. Sylvie Manguin, Dr. Daniel Eberli and Dr. María Alejandra Alvarez to tell us their views on working with InTech.

Dr. Sylvie Manguin (“Anopheles Mosquitoes - New Insights into Malaria Vectors”), from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Montpellier (France), has kindly offered to share some of her thoughts on the research that was included in the book that she edited and her current projects as well as her view on open access. (read more)


InTech: Can you tell us in short the scope of the book “Anopheles mosquitoes - New insights into malaria vectors”.

Dr. Manguin: The scope of this book was to present the most recent research being done on malaria vectors. Research on mosquitoes, especially on Anopheles species involved in the transmission of malaria parasites, is expanding and new approaches as well as new paradigms are being applied on these vectors. The book shows the latest progress being done in research to better study these mosquitoes, that present a great interest in public health, in order to improved knowledge and vector control.

InTech: How important is to you for your work to receive citations and how does that impact your research efforts?

Dr. Manguin: The h-Index (ISIS WOS) of a scientist is taken into consideration in his/her scientific evaluation along the career and this index is based on the number of citations of the work published. Then, it's quite important to have high number of citations which will increase the h-Index. In this sense, InTech books and/or chapters should be referenced in PubMed, WOS, etc.

InTech: What are you currently working on?

Dr. Manguin: My work is focused on the study of mosquitoes, especially Anopheles mosquitoes and their control, in order to decrease their densities, and therefore, the number of malaria cases. My research field is mainly based in Asia and partly in Africa.

InTech: Do you think that publishing within an open access book helped trigger more citations than it would if your chapter was published in a traditional book?

Dr. Manguin: Definitely! Open access book is quite important for 2 reasons: 1) lot of people can access it for free and as I'm working on a disease located along the tropical belt where most poor countries are, this free access is crucial for this scientific community and students around the world; 2) the book is accessible by a lot more people than traditional books. To my opinion, all publications should be in open access.

InTech: What was your understanding of Open Access before you started working with InTech?

Dr. Manguin: I knew what was Open Access before as I'm part of the editorial board of the Malaria Journal which is also Open Access.

InTech: InTech is celebrating its 10th year anniversary since its first published book. Do you have any message for us?

Dr. Manguin: My main comment as stated above is to find a way to have InTech books, or at least some of them, referenced in WOS for a greater diffusion of the books published by InTech.

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Dr. Daniel Eberli (“Tissue Engineering”), is an attending physician/clinician at the Department of Urology, University Hospital Zurich (Switzerland). In short, Dr. Eberli describes the scope of the book that he worked on with us, the importance of getting citations and the benefits of open access. (read more)


InTech: Can you tell us in short the scope of the book “Tissue Engineering”.

Dr. Eberli: The book “Tissue Engineering” should serve as an easily understandable starting point for the topic of TE and regenerative medicine for anyone, who is new to the field and is interested in currently used methods, while providing senior scientists, already experienced in the field of TE with solutions to topic-related issues and help them to develop new ideas. It provides different views on the fast developing field of TE, covering a variety of methods and showing different TE-based applications in different organs. I hope that an attentive reader will appreciate the complexity of this fast developing field that reaches from macroscopic to nanoscopic approaches in its attempt to simulate natures` perfection.

InTech: How important is to you for your work to receive citations and how does that impact your research efforts?

Dr. Eberli: I define the reception of citations as an appreciation of the work of a researcher that shows the scientific quality of his or hers work. Thus, for me it is another motivating factor that also provides me with the confirmation about the quality of my work.

InTech: What are you currently working on?

Dr. Eberli: Several different tissue engineering projects are currently performed in my lab at the moment, ranging from autophagy and sphincter muscle regeneration to reconstruction of urinary bladder tissue. They are performed by highly talented PhD students, who are supported by an experienced senior post-doc scientist.

InTech: Do you think that publishing within an open access book helped trigger more citations than it would if your chapter was published in a traditional book?

Dr. Eberli: The use of the "open access book“ format allows for faster dissemination of knowledge, a main driving force for the science field.

InTech: What was your understanding of Open Access before you started working with InTech?

Dr. Eberli: Availability of information is key. Publishing using the Open Access format instantly increases the potential readership and should therefore be supported.

InTech: InTech is celebrating its 10th year anniversary since its first published book. Do you have any message for us?

Dr. Eberli: Keep up the good work! Science needs more open access platforms, as open access publishing offers easy and fast dissemination of information across the scientific community providing everyone with the information needed to perform better research. Open access often provides the only information source in countries where access to scientific journals is limited due to the financial circumstances.

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In our final interview in this newsletter, Dr. María Alejandra Alvarez, (“Genetic Transformation”), a member of the National Council of Research (CONICET) in Argentina, reviews the topics that are included in the aforementioned book and looks back at her experience with InTech's team. (read more)


InTech: Can you tell us in short the scope of the book “ Genetic Transformation”.

Dr. Alvarez: The scope was to review some of the most significant achievements that plant transformation has brought to the fields of Agrobacterium biology, crop improvement and flower, fruit and tree amelioration. Also, the impact on molecular farming, phytoremediation anr RANi tools were analyzed.

InTech: How important is to you for your work to receive citations and how does that impact your research efforts?

Dr. Alvarez: It is of fundamental relevance since the organization I work for qualifies our work based on the impact and citations our publications receive.

InTech: What are you currently working on?

Dr. Alvarez: Currently I am working on two topics: Natural products from plants, focusing on species collected in Antarctica, and Molecular Pharming.

InTech: Do you think that publishing within an open access book helped trigger more citations than it would if your chapter was published in a traditional book?

Dr. Alvarez: As the publications are available for to be read, downloaded and shared for free online, other researchers can have easy access to latest information and research and this can be of help for citations and general advancement.

InTech: InTech is celebrating its 10th year anniversary since its first published book. Do you have any message for us?

Dr. Alvarez: I was very pleased to have worked with you, the technical support you gave me was great. Hope you continue with your work.

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Notable publishing collaborations

InTech is proud to be working and publishing the work of authors, institutions and research community members from diverse countries around the world. We would also like to highlight some of the more notable past and upcoming publishing collaborations led by international organizations, research companies and societies. Read more

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