InTech's edited volumes are a self-contained collections of scholarly papers that targets an audience of practising researchers, academics, PhD students and other scientists.
Usually, multiple authors write the content of our books. Their contributions are edited by senior members of the scientific community who have expertise in the specific topics and objectives of the book.
InTech books are published online. Not only is the content fully searchable and accessible on our reading platform but also, editors and corresponding authors who have contributed to the book receive a hard cover copy of the book, courier-delivered immediately after printing.
We have harnessed technology to accelerate the publishing process. This means that we can concentrate on helping authors disseminate their work to international scientific communities, without compromising to the rigour of the editorial and review process.
We work with you through three main phases and 12 key steps before, during and after publication.
PHASE ONE: ACQUISITION
STEP 1: BOOK PROJECT CATALOG
Before a book is started, the preliminary process includes the following steps. InTech' acquisition team prepares a catalogue of tentative book projects for the upcoming year. The selection of book topics for the yearly publishing plan is based on extensive research, book proposals that are sent for evaluation by Authors/Editors and their general suggestions and keeping track of what our audience requests (readers feedback), as well as relaunching previous topics that were highly cited and downloaded and are still in demand.
STEP 2: BOOK EDITOR ACQUISITION
Once the catalogue is complete, the acquisition team proceeds to contact possible Book Editors for each book project. Book Editors are chosen based on their research areas, scientific merits and previous publications. They are external collaborators who agree to contribute, independently and on a voluntary basis, their own expertise in reviewing the chapters and deciding the book's content.
One or more Book Editors are appointed for each book. In many cases, Editors may work in a team with co-Editors or external collaborators from the field. Once appointed, the Book Editor(s) prepares of all the necessary information that is required to start the book project together with a list of potential topics/chapters to be included.
STEP 3: AUTHOR INVITATION
InTech's acquisition team assists in inviting suitable authors who might contribute to a specific book project. These authors are chosen based on their publishing history and current research field. Prospective authors with previously published work in a related field are contacted and invited to submit chapter proposals. Authors who have previously published on related topics with InTech may also be invited.
PHASE TWO: BOOK PREPARATION
STEP 4: CHAPTER PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
All Authors that choose to participate in an ongoing book project are asked to register an account and submit a chapter proposal using our manuscript tracking system (MTS). The MTS allows submission and tracking of a manuscript throughout the publishing process. Both Authors and Editors have access to the MTS and may check a manuscript's status and supporting documents at any time. Please note that for the time being only authors who have been invited to participate in a book project can register and submit a proposal.
A chapter proposal consists of: a tentative title, Author name(s) and a short description of the proposed chapter, clearly explaining the aims and concerns of the chapter (Introduction, Body, Conclusion; length: 1-4 pages), keywords and subject field. The Chapter Proposal Submission form can be downloaded here.
STEP 5: CHAPTER PROPOSAL REVIEW
The Book Editor reviews all chapter proposals, decides which topics to focus on or change to better suit the book and selects manuscripts with a high degree of relevance and a bearing on developments in the field. Book Editors have the overall responsibility for the content of the publication, and they pay particular attention to originality, research methods, key results, and language, accepting only chapter proposals and manuscripts that meet all scientific requirements.
On average, Book Editors reject up to 19% of all submitted chapter proposals during this stage. Authors are notified of the review results — usually within 5 weeks following the proposal submission — by an email containing the Chapter Proposal Review form filled out by the Book Editor.
The publishing process is managed by a Publishing Process Manager (PPM); each book has a PPM assigned in order to facilitate all steps leading to its publication. Among other tasks, the PPM mediates between Book Editors and Authors throughout the entire publishing process.
STEP 6: FULL CHAPTER SUBMISSION
Authors whose chapter proposals get accepted are informed that they can proceed to write and submit the complete chapter following the publisher's Author Guidelines (a guide to preparing the manuscript for submission).
STEP 7: EDITORIAL REVIEW
Book Editor reviews the full chapters, screens them for plagiarism, evaluates their scientific merit, and ultimately decides whether they are suitable for inclusion in a book or not. He/she has the possibility of accepting, rejecting, and suggesting revisions of the full chapter. The entire process takes 5 to 7 months, during which Book Editors suggest rounds of revisions and Authors work on improving their chapters. This review process can however lead to rejection. At this stage, after the peer selection and the chapter proposal screening, Editors ultimately reject another 2% of full chapters.
If a Book Editor's review report requires the chapter to be revised, Authors are informed on the matter and are required to revise their chapter in order to make it suitable for publication. Once a revised chapter goes through a final round of review, and the Book Editor still deems the chapter to be unacceptable, authors are informed that their submission has not been accepted for publication.
When the manuscript meets a Book Editor's requirements, it is accepted for publication. Authors are informed about the acceptance of their chapter by email and the Chapter Review form is sent to them. Furthermore, they are informed that their manuscript will be forwarded to a Language Editor for copyediting, which is the first step of the production part of the publishing process.
The publisher monitors the review process and tries to keep the refereeing delay within 3 months. InTech does not influence nor interfere with Book Editors' work and editorial decisions under any circumstances.
STEP 8: ARTICLE PROCESSING CHARGE PAYMENT
The Article Processing Charge (APC) is only paid after the chapter has passed the review process and has been accepted to be published in the book. The APC covers the costs that are associated with publication and promotion and is payable by the author, their institution or funder.
PHASE 3: PRODUCTION
STEP 9: LANGUAGE COPYEDITING AND TECHNICAL EDITING
All of the chapters are sent to language copyediting. When they are accepted for publication, the book is forwarded to technical editing.
All of the formatted chapters/proofs are sent to the authors to be reviewed. After the authors return the proof together with the permission to publish, we consider these as finalized.
STEP 10: BOOK FINALIZATION
At this stage, when the full chapter review phase is complete, the Book Editor proceeds to effectuate the final steps: He/she organizes the chapters into titled sections, writes the preface and provides the final book title.
STEP 11: PUBLICATION, PRINT AND DELIVERY
Once all of the requirements are fulfilled, the book is published online and printed. Free hard copies are sent to the Book Editor and corresponding authors who have contributed to the book.
STEP 12: DISSEMINATION
Once published, the book will be made available through InTech's reading platform and indexed in scientific databases. The author(s) and their work will be promoted by InTech online, at universities, scientific conferences and book fairs.