InTechOpen's edited volumes are self-contained collections of scholarly papers that target an audience of practising researchers, academics, PhD students and other scientists.
InTechOpen books are published online. All content is immediately made available to be searched, shared, cited and downloaded for free via our reading platform. Print on demand services are available for all published materials.
Usually, multiple authors write the content of our books. Their contributions are edited by members of the scientific community who have expertise in the specific topics and objectives of the book.
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 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
The selection of book topics for the yearly publishing plan is based on extensive research, keeping track of what our audience requests (readers’ feedback), relaunching previous topics that were highly cited, downloaded and are still in demand, and sending book proposals to our Authors/Editors for evaluation and their general suggestions.
STEP 2: BOOK EDITOR ACQUISITION
Once the catalogue is complete, our Commissioning Editors proceed to contact possible Book Editors for each book project. Book Editors are appointed based on their research areas, scientific merits and previous publications. Editors are external collaborators who agree to contribute, independently and on a voluntary basis, their own expertise in reviewing the chapters and determining the scope of the book.
One or more Book Editors are appointed for each book. In many cases, Editors may work in a team with co-Editors. Once appointed, the Book Editor(s) prepares all of the necessary information that is required to start the book project along with a list of potential topics/chapters to be included.
STEP 3: AUTHOR INVITATION
InTechOpen's Commissioning Editors assist editors in inviting suitable authors to contribute to a specific book project. Prospective authors with previously published work in a related research topic are contacted to submit chapter proposals based on their publishing history and current field of research. In addition to inviting authors to participate, our Open for Submissions page allows prospective authors to browse topics and register to participate in book projects. Authors that make later submissions of their manuscripts are subject to a preliminary review of the registered participation to ensure that the submission is valid and relevant for the book project.
PHASE TWO: BOOK PREPARATION
STEP 4: CHAPTER PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
Participating authors are asked to register for the book project 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.
A chapter proposal consists of: a tentative title, Author name(s), short description of the proposed chapter clearly explaining the aims and concerns of the chapter, 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 bearing on developments within 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) who facilitates every aspect of the publishing process and is there to guide and support authors at each step. Our PPMs coordinate the publishing processes from registration to full chapter publication.
PPMs assist Editors with any procedural issues that may arise during the review process. They manage the production (language copy editing and technical editing) process, and collaborate with the design team, logistics team and marketing team in the online publication, promotion and dissemination of published content.
STEP 6: FULL CHAPTER SUBMISSION
Authors, whose chapter proposals are accepted, 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 3 to 5 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 it within 2 months. InTechOpen 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 (HTML, PDF) and printed (POD).
STEP 12: DISSEMINATION & AUTHOR BENEFITS
Once published, the book will be made available through InTechOpen's reading platform and indexed in scientific databases. The author(s) and their work will be promoted by InTechOpen online, at universities, scientific conferences and book fairs. For a full overview of all promotional activities and your author benefits, be sure to take a look at our Author in the Center and Dissemination and Promotion pages.