Contributor Resources


Welcome

Welcome to IGI Global's Contributor Resources Page. This page provides resources to contributors of IGI Global book and journal publications, roles such as:

  • Book Editors
  • Contributing Chapter Authors
  • Chapter Reviewers
  • Journal Editors
  • Journal Special Issue Guest Editors
  • Contributing Article Manuscript Authors
  • Article Manuscript Reviewers

The resources will be different for the role of the individual using this page, please ensure you locate the section that relates to your role to find what you may be looking for.

This page also includes commonly asked questions for both book and journal publications. The commonly asked questions are divided by the role of contributor. If there is a question you are not seeing answered on this page, please reach out to the editor of your publication for more information. They can forward your question onto the proper channels if need be.

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Books
For Book Editors
Full Book Manuscript Submission Guidelines eEditorial Discovery® User Guide For Book Editors

Frequently Asked Questions for Book Editors

For Contributing Authors
Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Permission and Release Forms

eEditorial Discovery® User Guide for Contributing Authors

Frequently Asked Questions for Contributing Authors
  • How many chapters can I contribute to a single publication?

    Answer: Contributing authors should not submit or participate in writing more than 2 chapters for a single publication.

  • How do I upload a full chapter to the eEditorial Discovery® submission system?

    Answer: Authors receive a notification email when their chapter proposal is approved which will include a submission link. This chapter submission link takes authors to a five step process: Chapter Info, Authors, Documents, Figures, and Review & Submit. Authors will upload their chapter in the third step, Documents, but need to complete each page in order to successfully submit.

  • How do I upload a chapter revision to the eEditorial Discovery® submission system?

    Answer: The corresponding author can upload their revised document on behalf of the contributing authors of the chapter by accessing their chapter in eEditorial Discovery®. Once their chapter listing is showing, authors can upload their revisions by going to the "Documents" page, selecting "File," choosing the correcting document, and selecting "Upload." This will successfully upload their revised chapter document.

  • Why do I need in-text citations?

    Answer: When an author uses information from an outside source (article, book, chapter, webpage, etc.) in their chapter, an in-text citation must be used to inform their reader that the information came from another source.

  • May I use bracketed references or footnotes instead of in-text citations?

    Answer: Bracketed references, footnotes, and endnotes may not be used instead of in-text citations. IGI Global requires that all references (in-text and full references) be in APA format. Any references that are not in APA format will be returned to the author(s) for correction.

  • For a mathematics-based chapter, what should I use to format the equations?

    Answer: All equations must be formatted using MathType or must be typed out manually by the authors. We cannot accept mathematical material that has been embedded as an image or formatted using Equation Editor.

  • What is the difference between a book author and a contributing author?

    Answer: A contributing author is only contributing a single chapter to a publication. A book author is an author that writes an entire book.

  • Why is it important for me and my co-authors to submit our bios?

    Answer: All bios will be displayed in the “About the Contributors” section of the publication. If you do not submit your bio, your name will not appear on this list.

  • Why are authors requested to sign an Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement?

    Answer: All corresponding authors must sign an Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement in order for their chapters to be published. This transfer of copyright is only for the verbatim text confirming that the authors will not republish or repurpose the verbatim chapter or upload it to any open access websites (e.g. ResearchGate, Academia.edu, SSRN, etc.). The intellectual property will still be retained by the authors, so they may use their own thoughts and ideas presented in the chapter for other purposes. Also, IGI Global supports a fair use policy which allows chapter authors to post the final typeset PDF (which includes the title page, table of contents and other front materials, and the copyright statement) of their chapter or article (NOT THE ENTIRE BOOK OR JOURNAL ISSUE), on the author or editor's secure personal website and/or their university repository site.

  • Where do I sign the Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement?

    Answer: The corresponding author of the chapter can electronically agree to the Author’s Warranty and Transfer of Copyright Agreement in eEditorial Discovery® when they first create the chapter listing. They can also go back into the "Authors" section of their chapter listing later in development to electronically sign this document.

  • Can I publish my thesis or dissertation as a chapter?

    Answer: You may use the idea behind your thesis or dissertation for your chapter, but it must be updated and expanded upon. You may not submit your thesis or dissertation verbatim.

  • Can I submit a chapter that has already been published elsewhere?

    Answer: IGI Global does not accept any content that has been submitted for publication or previously published elsewhere. All chapters must be original content.

  • What is an "image permission form" and when do I need to use one?

    Answer: If an image is copyrighted, you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holder in order to publish the image in your chapter.

  • How can I tell if an image is copyrighted?

    Answer: You can often tell if an image is copyrighted if the copyright symbol © and the name of the company are present on the image. Disney characters, National Geographic photographs, logos, etc. are copyrighted.

  • Who do I ask for permission to use the image?

    Answer: You will need to contact the copyright holder to obtain permission. You can often find out through the company’s website who to contact and what you need to do to obtain permission.

  • What happens if I cannot get permission?

    Answer: If you cannot get permission, you can create a figure or image that presents the information you need in a different way. If you need to include the name of a company, type out the name instead of using their logo. If logos or copyrighted content is present in an image and they aren’t important, our production team will blur or crop out the content that is copyrighted to avoid any possible infringements.

  • What is a “case permission form” and when do I need to use one?

    Answer: A case permission form is required when an author is conducting a case study of an organization or institution. Permission must be granted in order for the author to use the name of the organization/institution in their chapter.

  • What happens if permission is not granted?

    Answer: If you cannot obtain permission and you believe that the integrity of the chapter is lost without it, you may request that your chapter be removed from the publication. Or, you may change the name of the organization/institution to anonymize it. You may add a note to your chapter’s acknowledgment stating that you’ve changed the name of the organization/institution for anonymity.

  • What is an “interview release form” and when do I need to use one?

    Answer: The interviewee (person being interviewed) needs to sign the agreement stating that the interview they’ve given the author to use is original and hasn’t been published before, and also that they give their consent to utilize it.

  • What happens if I cannot get permission?

    Answer: The interview will not be considered publishable unless the form is signed, dated, and returned to IGI Global. The interview will not be usable without this form. If you are unable to obtain permission to use the interview for any reason, you will need to either restructure your chapter to ensure that it make sense without the interview, or you may request that your chapter be removed from the publication.


For Chapter Reviewers
For Those Serving as Reviewers on the Chapter Level eEditorial Discovery® User Guide for Chapter Reviewers

Frequently Asked Questions for Chapter Reviewers
  • Who serves as a chapter reviewer?

    Answer: Reviews are an extremely important element within the academic publishing process, as they ensure the highest level of quality, integrity, and accuracy of the work. As a mutual courtesy to one another, authors of book chapters will be expected to serve as a reviewer for up to 2-3 other chapters within the publication. Additionally, Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) members will be requested to perform reviews as well. All chapters are assigned out for review by the editor of the publication.

  • What should my review entail?

    Answer: Your chapter review must contain comments that will help the chapter author to effectively revise their chapter(regardless of whether the chapter ultimately ends up being accepted for publication or not). Your review must be as comprehensive and constructive as possible: including full sentences that clearly explain how the author can improve their chapter. We cannot accept reviews that only provide rankings. Please refer to the above “Sample Chapter Review.”


For Book Authors
For Authors of Research Insights and Standard Authored Books

Permission and Release Forms

eEditorial Discovery® User Guide for Book Authors

Frequently Asked Questions for Book Authors
  • What is the difference between Research Insights and Standard Authored books?

    Answer: Research Insights are smaller authored books that usually contain 6-9 chapters and have a total word count of 45,000 – 60,000 words. Standard Authored books are larger authored books that usually contain 10-12 chapters and have a word count of 80,000 to 160,000 words.

  • How long does my book have to be?

    Answer: If your book is a Research Insight, your publication must be a minimum of 6 chapters and 45,000 words. If your book is a Standard Authored book, your book must be a minimum of 8 chapters and 80,000 words.

  • May I recruit authors to contribute chapters to the book?

    Answer: Only individuals listed on the book's contract may submit chapters to the book. No outside contributions should be recruited for the work. You may incorporate interviews that took place between you and other individuals (ensuring that an “interview release form” is signed off on), however, that is the only contribution that should be coming from any outside parties.

  • How do I upload my chapters in the eEditorial Discovery® submission system?

    Answer: You can upload your chapters individually by first accessing your book in eEditorial Discovery® under the “Current Projects” dropdown menu and then selecting the “Upload Chapters” option under your book’s title. You’ll be able upload your chapters individually by adding the chapter’s number, it’s title, a subtitle (if necessary), the chapter’s abstract, and then uploading the document. Once uploaded, the page will refresh and allow you to repeat the process until you have uploaded all of your chapters.

  • How do I upload chapter revisions in the eEditorial Discovery® submission system?

    Answer: You can upload any chapter revisions as if you are doing the initial chapter uploads by selecting “Upload Chapters” under your book’s title. The following page will show all of your chapters’ numbers and titles. To upload revisions, select “edit” next to the corresponding chapter title, then browse to choose your revised file. Finally, select “Save” to save your revision.

  • For a mathematics-based chapter, what should I use to format the equations?

    Answer: All equations must be formatted using MathType or must be typed out manually by the authors. We cannot accept mathematical material that has been embedded as an image or formatted using Equation Editor.

  • What is an "image permission form" and when do I need to use one?

    Answer: If an image is copyrighted, you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holder in order to publish the image in your chapter.

  • How can I tell if an image is copyrighted?

    Answer: You can often tell if an image is copyrighted if the copyright symbol © and the name of the company are present on the image. Disney characters, National Geographic photographs, logos, etc. are copyrighted.

  • Who do I ask for permission to use the image?

    Answer: You will need to contact the copyright holder to obtain permission. You can often find out through the company’s website who to contact and what you need to do to obtain permission.

  • What happens if I cannot get permission?

    Answer: If you cannot get permission, you can create a figure or image that presents the information you need in a different way. If you need to include the name of a company, type out the name instead of using their logo. If logos or copyrighted content is present in an image and they aren’t important, our production team will blur or crop out the content that is copyrighted to avoid any possible infringements.

  • What is a “case permission form” and when do I need to use one?

    Answer: A case permission form is required when an author is conducting a case study of an organization or institution. Permission must be granted in order for the author to use the name of the organization/institution in their chapter.

  • What happens if permission is not granted?

    Answer: If you cannot obtain permission and you believe that the integrity of the chapter is lost without it, you may request that your chapter be removed from the publication. Or, you may change the name of the organization/institution to anonymize it. You may add a note to your chapter’s acknowledgment stating that you’ve changed the name of the organization/institution for anonymity.

  • What is an “interview release form” and when do I need to use one?

    Answer: The interviewee (person being interviewed) needs to sign the agreement stating that the interview they’ve given the author to use is original and hasn’t been published before, and also that they give their consent to utilize it.

  • What happens if I cannot get permission?

    Answer: The interview will not be considered publishable unless the form is signed, dated, and returned to IGI Global. The interview will not be usable without this form. If you are unable to obtain permission to use the interview for any reason, you will need to either restructure your chapter to ensure that it make sense without the interview, or you may request that your chapter be removed from the publication.

Journals
Frequently Asked Questions for General Journal Questions
  • How do I propose a journal to IGI Global?

    Answer: Anyone seeking to propose a new journal to IGI Global can fill out the journal proposal form here: https://www.igi-global.com/publish/submit-a-proposal/journal-proposal/

    Please note that IGI Global is only seeking to contract new open access (gold or platinum) journals.

  • Can I become an editor on a current IGI Global Journal? If so, how?

    Answer: There are certain situations where someone could take over as an editor for an already established IGI Global Journal. Some editors may have to step down from the journal that they are overseeing if their professional or personal lives are keeping them from committing to the journal. IGI Global has an interim Editor-in-Chief program for selected individuals to take over a journal without an editor for a 12-month period. After that period, if the Interim Editor-in-Chief is able to take over the journal permanently, IGI Global will be happy to offer a full-time editorial position to that individual.

    There are certain times when an editor is stepping down from the journal that they nominate a qualified Associate Editor or the current managing editor for the journal to take over as the full editor. Please note that if this is the case that these individuals will be contracted as a full-time editor upon their confirmation to take over and will not have the 12-month trial as Interim Editor-in-Chief.

    IGI Global requests that interested individuals be a professional in the field and have their PhD or equivalent degree.

  • How many journals can one editor serve on?

    Answer: Due to the time commitment of IGI Global Journals, the publisher does ask that editors strive to be contracted to a total of 2 journals.

  • What is the difference between Full Open Access Journals and Hybrid Open Access Journals?

    Answer: Open Access Journals

    There are two different types of Open Access Journals:

    1. Full Gold Open Access

    This type is accompanied by an article processing charge. The amount is set by the publisher. The charge is not collected for an article until after the article has been accepted to publish in the Open Access Journal. The published content for these journals is freely accessible to readers.

    NOTE: Intention to pay the article processing charge at the end of the process has no bearing on the editorial decision. If the article is rejected, no payment will be collected.

    2. Platinum Open Access

    This type of open access journal has outside funding that covers the article processing charges of the articles that are accepted, allowing for authors to publish in the journal for free under Open Access. The content published in these journals is freely accessible to readers.

    Hybrid Open Access Journals

    Hybrid Open Access Journals have two publication types:

    1. Standard Access

    This publication type is the default and free option for authors. The content published under this type must be subscribed to or bought outright in order to be read.

    2. Open Access

    This publication type is optional. Authors can choose this option at the point of submission. This publication type is accompanied by an article processing charge of US $2,300. This charge is not collected until after the article is accepted to publish in the journal.

    NOTE: Intention to pay the article processing charge at the end of the process has no bearing on the editorial decision. If the article is rejected, no payment will be collected.

    For more information on Open Access and any waivers that authors of developing countries can apply for, please learn more here.

    IGI Global has a Transformative Open Access (Read & Publish) Initiative for Open Access Publishing.

  • Who owns the copyright of the journal and can the editor transfer a journal from IGI Global to another publisher?

    Answer: IGI Global owns the copyright of the journal and does not sign the copyright over to the editor to take to another publisher.

  • How do I Update My IGI Global Profile?

    Answer: Users have the capacity to adjust their personal profile information themselves both in the eEditorial Discovery Submission and through IGI Global’s main webpage.

    Users can change the following information through the eEditorial Discovery Submission System:

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    Note: Users can update the email they are using. At no point should a user create a new profile for themselves in the IGI Global Database. Once a new profile is set up, the original accesses that the user had will not be retained.

    Users can change the same information through IGI Global’s main webpage by clicking on “My IGI Global Portal”:

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    Please assess all of your information through the "Account Maintenance" box near the left side of the below picture.

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    Please be sure that the information in your profile is as up-to-date as possible. Correct information in your profile allows for more accurate publishing of authored work and more accurate pairing of reviewers with articles that fit their areas of expertise.


For Editors
Journal Article Submission Guidelines Editorial Submission System and Process Resources
Frequently Asked Questions for Journal Editors
  • What can I do if I cannot figure out the submission system?

    Answer: IGI Global has direct guides to help the editor navigate the eEditorial Discovery Submission System.

    User Guide for the New Interface

    Video Guide for the Old Interface

    Guide for Editing Journals

  • Can editors/managing editors publish work in their own journal?

    Answer: Editors and managing editors are strongly discouraged from submitting and publishing in the journal that they oversee. If in the event that the editor or managing editor of the journal is granted an exception from the publisher to publish their work in the journal that they oversee, the double-blind peer review process must be conducted independent of the editor and managing editors to minimize any bias (understanding that bias cannot completely removed). The Editors or managing editors of the journal must also include an in depth conflict of interest statement that states that the double-blind peer review process was conducted independent of the journal leadership.

    Why?:

    1. The double-blind peer review process can be compromised since the editors and managing editor have the functionality to view the reviewers’ names, affiliations and contact information.

    2. The perception of outside parties could be misconstrued if they believe that the work of the editor is being prioritized over research work by individuals not directly affiliated with the journal.

    Please see this Committee on Publication Ethics case regarding an Editor as an author in their own journal.

  • What is IGI Global’s Recommendation on Completed Peer Reviews?

    Answer: IGI Global has seen how the indices are changing recently with the peer review process. The publisher is now requesting the editors to strive for three (3) completed reviews on each manuscript that is being considered in the journal before an editorial decision is going to be made.

    Should the editor receive three (3) positive Editorial Review Board (ERB) reviews, it is still strongly recommended that the article receive an Associate Editor (AE) review before moving forward.

    Should the editor receive two conflicting ERB reviews and cannot get any other individuals to return the review evaluation, the Associate Editor can be the tie breaker between the conflicting reviews. Otherwise, IGI Global recommends that the Editor(s)-in-Chief strive for a third ERB review.

    Research articles should not be accepted to publish in the journal without going through a proper peer review process. Authors should always be given the opportunity to revise their work based on the reviewer comments to ensure their work is quality and impactful to the research community.

    IGI Global has been ongoingly working with consultants and adjusting our processes to better align with the indices and directories that could help with the discoverability and reach of our journals. IGI Global’s submission system could be audited at any time and should those individuals see that the peer review process is not being followed ethically it could not only hurt the credibility of the journal but of the editor(s) as well.

    Peer Review Process

    Hybrid Editorial Policy

    Open Access Editorial Policy

  • Can I conduct the peer review process outside the submission system?

    Answer: The peer review process may not be conducted outside the submission system. Since IGI Global is a full member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the publisher must be aware that the double-blind peer review process is being upheld.

    Additionally, IGI Global would like to ensure that we have the ability to review how the peer review process is being conducted for our journals. Should there ever be a case opened up against the journal, IGI Global will have to provide requested information to the committee as possible. Should we not have the peer review process accessible to IGI Global internal staff, we will not be able to provide sufficient information to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    The submission system was created to make the jobs of the editors, authors and reviewers easier.

  • How long does it take to get a journal indexed in the flagship indices?

    Answer: Newly launched journals must be established for about 2-3 years before they can be submitted to the flagship indices.

    It can take upwards of 3+ years to get indexed by Scopus or Web of Science. The criteria to be indexed is incredibly strict. Should a journal be rejected for whatever reason, oftentimes the indices will place a submission embargo on the journal - meaning that the journal will not be able to be submitted back to the flagship indices until a certain timeframe is up (around 2-5 years, depending on the index). Resubmission of journals also requires a cover letter to show the flagship indices how the journal has improved from its last submission.

    Learn More

  • How often can an editor update the journal webpage and/or call for papers?

    Answer: It is the responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief of the journal to ensure that their journal continues to grow with the academic community. Editors can adjust the webpage, topics covered and call for papers at any time to ensure that they are recruiting quality and impactful research.

  • How many co-editors can be on one journal?

    Answer: IGI Global recommends no more than a total of 3 editors on one journal. More than 3 editors on a journal could result in confusion or editors working on the same thing at the same or different times, causing an overlap in decisions.

  • How many managing editors can be on one journal?

    Answer: IGI Global recommends no more than 2 managing editors on one journal at a time. Having too many managing editors could result in duplicated work and an overlap in decisions.

  • Do editors have the functionality to adjust their review boards?

    Answer: It is at the discretion of the editors on how they would like to adjust their review boards. They are free to add or remove anyone as they see fit.

    Editors have the functionality to adjust their review boards by accessing their reviewer page in the submission system.

  • Is there somewhere where editors can see the health of their own journals?

    Answer: IGI Global has a Journal Dashboard for all of our journal publications. Editors can access this dashboard to view the health of their review board, their timeliness and the amount of papers currently in progress.

  • What are self-citations and how do they hurt a journal?

    Answer: 1. Authors citing their own previously published work in a new article Authors oftentimes cite their own previously published work in article manuscripts that they are currently working on. While this is fine, IGI Global does recommend that authors strive not to do this too much in the current article as that can hurt the credibility of the journal and the author.

    2. Authors citing previously published content by the journal they are publishing in This situation can happen in a few different ways:

    -Editors asking authors to cite some of the previously published journal content

    IGI Global strongly recommends that editors do not ask authors to cite previously published content in their article that is being published in the same journal. This counts as self citations and the more self citations the journal has, the less an index will see the research as impactful.

    Interested individuals can see the criteria for the flagship indices here.

    -Authors naturally citing some of the previously published journal content

    While self citations are bad, having a few citations that come naturally in an author's considered and published work is fine. If the editor is seeing that many authors are citing previously published work by the journal, it is recommended that the editors take a closer look at the review process to ensure that authors are not being recommended to cite work by the reviewers.

  • What is the continuous volume publication frequency?

    Answer: In 2022, all IGI Global journals have shifted to a “Continuous Volume Publication Frequency” and away from our more traditional “issue-level publishing.”

    What this means for Publication: IGI Global will ongoingly publish accepted content for our journal publications.

    What this means for Editors: Editors are no longer expected to fill a set number of issues throughout the volume year. IGI Global now asks that editors strive to publish the same number of articles as the last completed volume year with a strong recommendation to work towards increasing the number of published content by 15% each year.

    What this means for authors: Authors will see their articles move into the publication process quicker. They will also see faster publication times.

    HOW:

    Once a standard (non-special issue) article is accepted, the editor will choose to place the article into a volume year. For organizational purposes only, IGI Global has retained the “issue” labeling on the “Assign Manuscript Number Page.”

    Editors are asked to place all standard (non-special issue) articles into the “first issue” of the volume year.

    EXAMPLE: If a journal is in its 12th volume year, the editor will place all standard non-special issue articles into Volume 12, Issue 1 on the “Assign Manuscript Number Page.”

    Completed special issues will be placed in their own respective issues, starting with the 2nd issue of the volume year.

  • When is the article processing charge requested from authors for Open Access Journals and Open Access Publishing in Hybrid Open Access Journals?

    Answer: For both Open Access Journals and Open Access Publishing in Hybrid Open Access Journals, the article processing charge will only be requested once the manuscript has been formally accepted to publish in the journal.

  • When can an editor cancel a special issue?

    Answer: An editor can cancel a special issue at any time. Reasons for cancellation can be:

    1. Lack of content

    2. Lack of diversity

    3. Guest Editors not moving articles in a timely manner

    4. Guest Editors not following the peer review process as set by the editor

    5. Lack of impact from the research of the submitted/accepted papers

    6. Lack of quality

    7. Etc.

    Please note that it is the responsibility of the editor of the journal to let the guest editors and their development editor know of a special issue cancellation.

  • How much say does the Editor of the journal have regarding active special issues in their journal?

    Answer: Editors are free to have open dialogues with the guest editors of the special issue to ensure that the guest editors are following all of the rules of the journal and the publisher. If the editor is seeing that a guest editor is not conducting the peer review process ethically, if the guest editor is not doing their jobs in a timely manner, if they are recruiting non-diverse content, editors are free to reach out to the guest editors and ask that they adjust what they are doing.

    If the problem persists, editors can then cancel the special issue.

    Please note that special issues do impact the journal as a whole. If a special issue is not diverse, if the quality of the articles are not good or if the theme of the special issue is disregarded by accepting papers that don’t fit the scope of the special issue, it can affect the indexing of the journal in the future.

  • How does the discoverability of the journal help it get indexed?

    Answer: The more discoverable your journal, the better citations the research will get, which directly affects the indexing of the journal.

    The discoverability also helps with subscriptions for hybrid open access journals, which also helps with the citations of the published research.

  • How does the diversity of published content and the review board help the journal get indexed?

    Answer: Any journal that has “International” or any journal that is directly appealing to a global audience, is expected to have a diverse authorship and review board.

    Indices are looking very closely at journals who are appealing to a global audience and want to ensure that there is no bias for any of the published content or reviewers. They also look at any connections of affiliations with the editor as well.

  • What happens if my affiliation changes and I need it updated on the journal webpage?

    Answer: If your affiliation changes, please be sure to let your development editor know and they can update it on the journal webpage for you. Any change in email can be updated at this time as well.

  • Is there a maximum number of articles that editors can publish in a volume year?

    Answer: IGI Global recommends that editors strive to publish the same amount of content that they published in the previous volume year with a strong recommendation to increase the amount of published content by 15% each volume year.

  • Is there a maximum number of special issues that editors are allowed to publish in a volume year?

    Answer: There is no longer a limit on the number of special issues that are allowed to be published in a journal; however, IGI Global recommends that more standard (non-special issue) content is published than special issue content.

    Publishing more special issue content is something that the indices do not like to see as that shows a bias to themed content rather than to the standard (non-special issue) content that is submitted to an editor’s journal.

  • What is the benefit of having the journal metrics on the webpage for the journal?

    Answer: The journal metrics serve two purposes:

    1. To provide the authors with upfront information on the length of time it will take for them to receive a decision and the length of time it will take for them to be published, if their article is accepted. The acceptance rate shows the authors and readers that there is a level of selectivity for the journal which directly helps with the quality of the published work.

    2. To provide the indices with upfront and transparent information on the journal that they are considering to index.

  • How do I go about changing the name of my journal? What are the benefits/disadvantages?

    Answer: It is at the discretion of IGI Global on whether or not a journal will change its name.

    The benefits of changing the journal’s name:

    1. It will help the impact of the journal in the current academic community

    2. It will help with the readjustment of the scope of the journal if the academic community is shifting in a different direction

    3. It can broaden or tighten the range of topics in the journal to attract more quality papers.

    The drawbacks of changing the journal’s name:

    1. Any indexing the previous title has will not be transferred to the new title. The indices see retitled journals as brand new journals and as such, they will not consider a retitled journal until after it has been established for about 2-3 years.

    2. The journal may lose reviewers or long time publishers of the journal if the title and scope changes and does not fit the expertise of those individuals any longer.

    3. Editors will have to strive for citations again with a new title which lowers the impact of the journal in the eyes of the indices.

  • What is a good acceptance rate for my journal?

    Answer: The indices recommend that the acceptance rate of any journal should be around 20% as that shows a level of selectivity in the published research.

  • Where should special issue proposals be submitted?

    Answer: Special Issue proposals should now be submitted into the submission system with IGI Global's new Special Issue Proposal Interface. Interested guest editors can find a specific link to submit to the journal of their choice on the journal webpage under the "Special Issues" tab.

    Guest Editors can also access a completely blank form here.

  • How are articles sent for proofing and/or published with the continuous volume publication frequency?

    Answer: Since IGI Global Journals are no longer expected to complete issues (starting in the 2022 volume year), the articles are moved through the publication queue one by one rather than issue by issue. Editors will ongoingly see articles in the proofing environment one by one. The publication of the articles for your journal will follow this same process and be published ongoingly one by one on the journal webpage.

  • What are the next steps once a special issue proposal is accepted in the special issue proposal interface?

    Answer: Once a special issue is accepted for a journal, IGI Global recommends that the Editor(s)-in-Chief of the journal reach out to their development editor regarding this acceptance. This will let prompt the development editor to set up the accepted special issue. At this time, the development editors do not receive emails of accepted special issues, so they will not be set up unless the editors reach out.


For Guest Editors

Guest Editorial Submission System and Process Resources

Frequently Asked Questions for Guest Editors
  • What can I do if I cannot figure out the submission system?

    Answer: IGI Global has direct guides to help the editor navigate the eEditorial Discovery Submission System.

    User Guide for the New Interface

    Video Guide for the Old Interface

    Guest Editor’s Guide

  • How do I propose a Special Issue to a journal?

    Answer: IGI Global has now launched a new proposal interface where potential guest editors can propose special issues to a journal. Interested individuals can find the link to propose to a specific journal on the journal’s webpage, all the way to the right under the “Special Issues” tab.

    Interested individuals can also use the this link, however, they will have to select the journal they are interested in themselves.

  • Who do I contact for an update on my special issue proposal?

    Answer: You can always contact the Editor-in-Chief of the specified journal you are submitting your proposal to. You can find the EIC’s information on the journal’s web page, at the bottom under the “Contact” heading.

  • Do Guest Editors get unique log-ins when they are working on a special issue for a journal?

    Answer: Guest Editors do not get unique log-ins when they are managing a special issue. IGI Global will provide access to the guest editor’s primary email for their IGI Global Profile to view any articles that have been submitted to their special issue in the specified journal they are working in.

  • Where can I find my active call for papers for my special issue?

    Answer: As long as the submission date has not expired, you can always find your active call for papers by visiting the journal web page and clicking on the “Special Issues” tab in the upper right corner. You will then find a tab on the left side of the webpage that says “Call for Papers: Special Issue” of which you can click and find your Special Issue listed by scrolling through the list.

  • How do I know how to use the submission system?

    Answer: You can find the eEditorial Discovery User Guide for Journals here. IGI Global has a Special Issue Guest Editor’s Guide as well that provides a walkthrough of the phases in the submission system for reference.

  • What’s the best practice for the peer review process? Can it be conducted outside the submission system?

    Answer: IGI Global recommends that Guest Editors have an open dialogue with the Editor(s)-in-Chief of the journal to ensure that every step of the peer review process is being completed. Guest editors can also consult the Special Issue Guest Editor’s Guide as well. IGI Global has peer review process guidelines that can be consulted as well.

    The peer review process cannot be conducted outside of the submission system. IGI Global has to ensure that the double-blind peer review process is being conducted ethically and that the editors of the journal can monitor the work of the guest editor as well.

  • Should Guest Editors assign accepted articles for their special issue to a volume and issue?

    Answer: No. Guest Editors should consult with the editor of the journal first before assigning their articles to a volume and issue. Editor(s)-in-Chief know the volume and issue that the special issue needs to be assigned to.

  • What do I do when my special issue is complete and I’m ready to move those articles into the publication process?

    Answer: Guest Editors should reach out to the Editor(s)-in-Chief of the journal to receive the final confirmation. Once the editor(s) approve of the special issue, they can then assign the articles to a volume and let the development editor know that they can move forward with the articles.

    During that time, the development editor of the journal will be in contact with the guest editors to receive a Guest Editorial Preface if they did not already receive one.

  • Are there any fees for guest editors to pay to propose or manage a special issue with IGI Global?

    Answer: Guest Editors do not have to pay any fees to propose or manage a special issue with IGI Global.

  • Do guest editors have to pay article processing fees for the authors who are accepted into their special issue?

    Answer: Guest Editors do not have to pay article processing fees for the authors who are accepted into their special issue.

    However, Guest Editors are awarded two APC waivers that they can use for articles submitted into their special issue or on their own articles under Open Access. NOTE: these waivers are only awarded to guest editors of special issues in Open Access Journals.

  • Do authors have to pay article processing fees after acceptance into a special issue?

    Answer: Any authors who have submitted and were accepted under the “Open Access Publication Type” will be expected to pay if they have not been approved of a publication waiver (only for developing countries), or if their university is not part of our Read and Publish Initiative.

    Authors affiliated in a developing country can fill out a form here for a publication waiver for Open Access Publishing. Learn More.

    *NOTE: Only authors who are affiliated in the countries on the list at the link above should apply for a publication waiver.

    For more information on the read and publish initiative, please see this link.

  • Is there a maximum number of papers that can be published in a special issue?

    Answer: For Hybrid Open Access Journals, there is no listed maximum number of articles that you can publish in a special issue, though there is a minimum number of 5.

    For Full Open Access Journals, there is no listed maximum number of articles that you can publish in a special issue, though there is a minimum of 8.

    Please note that with this new leniency regarding the total number of accepted and published special issue articles, there is an even heavier demand for diversity in these issues between not only the authors but the universities as well.

  • Can guest editors contribute their own papers to their own special issues?

    Answer: For Hybrid Open Access Journals, Guest Editors cannot contribute their own article, whether as a corresponding author or a co-author.

    For Open Access Journals, Guest editors are allowed to contribute a maximum of 2 articles within their own special issue. The peer review process must be conducted independent of the guest editor listed as an author. The article that has the guest editor on as an author is also expected to have an Conflict of interest statement at the end of the manuscript that provides a transparent explanation of the peer review process and that it was handled independent of the guest editors.

  • How do Open Access Special Issues differ from Hybrid Open Access Special Issues?

    Answer: Open Access Special Issues are freely accessible to readers; however, authors of accepted articles are expected to pay an article processing charge before publication.

    Guest Editors of Open Access Special Issues are awarded 2 Article Processing Charge waivers that they can apply to articles in their special issues or save for their own articles under open access consideration later

    Guest Editors of OA special issues are also encouraged to find a funding source that can cover the APC payments of all of the accepted authors as that makes the publication process much easier on the authors.

    Hybrid Special Issues are published free for the author. The research must be subscribed to or bought in order to be read and cited. All authors of accepted content will not have to pay an APC unless they chose to publish under open access.

  • Can I withdraw a special issue proposal?

    Answer: Yes, you are free to withdraw a special issue proposal at any time. Please reach out to the editor of the journal and they can forward your inquiry to the proper channels.

  • Can I cancel my special issue?

    Answer: Yes, if you are finding that the special issue is not doing as well as you had hoped, you are free to speak with the editor of the journal to cancel your special issue. They will forward your request to the proper channels.

  • Can the Editor-in-Chief cancel my Special Issue and why? When is too late?

    Answer: The Editor(s)-in-Chief of IGI Global journals can cancel a special issue at any time depending on certain situations:

    • Unacceptable peer review process
    • The quality of the papers is poor
    • The papers do not fit the scope of the journal or the special issue
    • Not enough papers were recruited or accepted
    • Diversity of the papers is poor
    • Other unethical practices

    IGI Global recommends that rejection of special issue articles and the cancellation of special issues are done before the articles are formally accepted to the journal, however, the Editor(s)-in-Chief of a journal do have the right to cancel active special issues at any time.

    Please see the Guest Editor’s Guide and the Guest Editor’s Section in our editorial policies (Hybrid Journals and Open Access Journals) to learn more about the process of a guest editor and to ensure that the above criteria are avoided to have a successful and published special issue in an IGI Global Journal.


For Authors
Manuscript Submission Guidelines Final Article Submission Guidelines eEditorial Discovery® User Guide - Journals

Frequently Asked Questions for Authors
  • What can I do if I cannot figure out the submission system?

    Answer: IGI Global has direct guides to help the editor navigate the eEditorial Discovery Submission System.

    User Guide for the New Interface

    Video Guide for the Old Interface

  • What is the difference between submission and submitting a revision?

    Answer: Submission: This phase of the process is the very beginning. Authors submit their articles for consideration in the journal and for the peer review process. There are 5 steps in the submission process when an author is uploading their manuscript for consideration. In order to have the article be fully submitted to the journal, the authors are expected to complete all 5 steps and press the formal "submit" button in Step 5.

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    Revision: This phase is very close to the end of the consideration process for a journal article. There are many authors who do not get the chance to revise their articles for the journal. If an author is asked to revise, the editor requests changes to the article based off of the peer review process. The author is given a deadline to revise their article as well. When uploading the a revision, the corresponding author is requested to navigate to the "Documents" page. Authors are not completing the submission process again when uploading a revision.

    Once the corresponding author is on the documents page, they are requested to upload their revision under the "Manuscript/Chapter" File Type. The submission system will automatically mark that a revision has been received when a new manuscript/revision is uploaded under this file type. Once the submission system marks that a revision has been received, the editor(s) of the journal then receive an email that there is a revision that has been uploaded for an article under consideration for their journal. There is no formal "submit" button in step 5 any longer during this process. Uploading the revision under the correct file type ont he "Documents" page is all the authors have to do.

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  • How do I Update My IGI Global Profile?

    Answer: Authors have the capacity to adjust their personal profile information themselves both in the eEditorial Discovery Submission and through IGI Global’s main webpage.

    Authors can change the following information through the eEditorial Discovery Submission System:

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    Note: Authors can update the email they are using. At no point should a user create a new profile for themselves in the IGI Global Database. Once a new profile is set up, the original accesses that the author had will not be retained.

    Authors can change same information through IGI Global’s main webpage by clicking on “My IGI Global Portal”:

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    Please assess all of your information through the "Account Maintenance" box near the left side of the below picture.

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    Please be sure that the information in your profile is as up-to-date as possible. Correct information in your profile allows for more accurate publishing of authored work and pairing of reviewers with articles that fit their areas of expertise.

  • I have logged into the submission system but I cannot see my article! How do I find it?

    Answer: The new interface for IGI Global’s submission system has a bug where authors cannot view their submitted work. Please navigate to the page you normally would and click on the orange button near the top right of the screen that says “Use Old Layout.” Let the page reload. You should be able to view your article then.

    If you continue to have trouble, please reach out to the editor of the journal.

  • How can you check the status of your manuscript once it has been submitted?

    Answer: IGI Global’s online eEditorial Discovery Submission System provides authors with a “Phase History” box to the right of the title of their manuscript that shows when the article moves through the editorial processes for the journal.

    status-of-manuscript

    If an author is seeking more information on the status of their manuscript, they are encouraged to reach out to the editor of the journal. Contact information of the editor(s) can be found on the journal’s webpage at the bottom, under the “Contact” heading.

  • How do I find a journal I can submit my manuscript to?

    Answer: IGI Global has a wide range of journals in 11 core subject areas. IGI Global has 64 Full Gold Open Access Journals, 1 Platinum Open Access Journal and 110 Hybrid Open Access Journals. Authors can visit the Journals Page for more information on how to locate the best journal for their research.

    Authors can view a full list of Hybrid Open Access Journals:

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    They can view a full list of Full Open Access Journals:

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    They can browse by subject or search by keywords. They can also view a full journal list as well:

    subject-search

  • How do I check the indexing status of a journal I’m interested in?

    Answer: All indexing information can be found on the journal webpage of the journal you are interested in. Authors can select the “Abstracting & Indexing” option in the navigation box on the left side of the screen to be automatically moved to that section for the journal.

    All of the indexing information is managed regularly. If you are not seeing the index you need on the journal webpage, then it is not currently included in that index.

  • How do I un-submit my article to one journal and re-submit to a different journal? Can I do this?

    Answer: Authors can withdraw their articles from consideration in a journal at any time before acceptance. Authors will have to reach out to the editor of the journal to request a withdrawal. The editors will transfer the author’s request to the proper channels.

    Authors are free to resubmit their article to another journal so long as their article is no longer in process actively for another journal. Any author who submits their article to many different journals at the same time will be subject to having all of their versions of their articles rejected at once.

    For more information on the ethical concerns of duplicate submissions, please view this link from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

  • Can I withdraw my manuscript after it’s been published or while it’s in IGI Global’s publication process?

    Answer: No. If you article has already moved into IGI Global's publication process or has already been published, your manuscript cannot be withdrawn. The corresponding author of the article has already signed IGI Global's Copyright Agreement and Author's Warranty and after the article receives acceptance, the article can no longer be withdrawn. It is impossible to withdraw an article after publication, as the internal data surrounding that article cannot be erased from the internet.

  • Where are the submission guidelines that I can reference when formatting my research article for consideration in an IGI Global journal?

    Answer: Authors can access the submission guidelines to format their research article here.

  • References Vs. In-Text Citations

    Answer: Journal article manuscripts are required to have the following information to give credit to the research that s being utilized within them.

    • In-Text Citations
    • References List

    What is the difference?

    In-Text Citations are required to be in the body of the text accompanying the research that is not inherently the author's research. In-Text Citations appear most commonly in the beginning of an article as they establish their objective and the research that was already published that supports and contradict their objective. These citations include the author(s) names and the year of the publication. Learn More

    The References List is the list of the research that was cited within the article. All in-text citations should have an accompanying reference in the references list at the end of the document. Please note that references that were not cited in the article should not appear in the references list. This is not a bibliography. References for academic articles should be in APA 7th edition format and in alphabetical order. Bracketed references are strongly discouraged. Please view the Submission Guidelines to see how references should be listed in an academic article.

  • Is there any action I need to take after I have submitted my article to a journal/after it has been accepted?

    Answer: IGI Global has seen a few scenarios relating to if an author has an action after submission:

    -If an author has not completed the submission process and the phase of their article reads “Incomplete Submission” If the phase for the article is reading “Incomplete Submission” in the eEditorial Discovery Submission System, the submission process has not been formally completed and the editor will not be notified of a new submission. Your article will stay in this phase until the submission process is complete and the submit button in the last phase of the process is clicked:

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    -If the phase of the author’s paper is reading “Initial Assessment” after submission

    There are no further actions an author has to take after their submission is completed as per the publisher. Please keep in mind that the Editor(s) of the journal may request actions from the author at their discretion.

    After an article has been accepted, the submission system will send out an automated email requesting that the authors have a final look at their article to see if there are any further changes they would like to make before publication. Authors are given one week to make those changes. If there is nothing further they would like to change, they are encouraged to email the Journal Department to let us know that the article can move into the publication process.

    Please keep in mind that IGI Global may reach out to the authors with certain adjustments to their papers at our discretion regarding adherence to the submission guidelines.

  • What is the difference between hybrid open access and full open access journals?

    Answer: Open Access Journals

    There are two different types of Open Access Journals:

    1. Full Gold Open Access

    This type is accompanied by an article processing charge. The amount is set by the publisher. The charge is not collected for an article until after the article has been accepted to publish in the Open Access Journal. The published content for these journals is freely accessible to readers.

    NOTE: Intention to pay the article processing charge at the end of the process has no bearing on the editorial decision. If the article is rejected, no payment will be collected.

    2. Platinum Open Access

    This type of open access journal has outside funding that covers the article processing charges of the articles that are accepted, allowing for authors to publish in the journal for free under Open Access. The content published in these journals is freely accessible to readers.

    Hybrid Open Access Journals

    Hybrid Open Access Journals have two publication types:

    1. Standard Access

    This publication type is the default and free option for authors. The content published under this type must be subscribed to or bought outright in order to be read.

    2. Open Access

    This publication type is optional. Authors can choose this option at the point of submission. This publication type is accompanied by an article processing charge of US $2,300. This charge is not collected until after the article is accepted to publish in the journal.

    NOTE: Intention to pay the article processing charge at the end of the process has no bearing on the editorial decision. If the article is rejected, no payment will be collected.

    For more information on Open Access and any waivers that authors of developing countries can apply for, please learn more here.

    IGI Global has a Transformative Open Access (Read & Publish) Initiative for Open Access Publishing.

  • Is there a specific place I can find that informs myself and other authors about IGI Global’s APC policies for Open Access articles/journals? What does this mean for my manuscript?

    Answer: IGI Global is completely transparent about the Article Processing Charge Policies for any open access publication. Authors can locate the article processing charge information for all journals on the journal webpages under the “For Authors” tab. For Hybrid Open Access Journals, IGI Global provides the following:

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    For standard submissions (non-open access), there is no publication fee.

    Should an author choose to publish their work as open access in a Hybrid Open Access Journal, there is a flat rate of US $2,300 for authors that will be requested only after the article has been accepted for publication.

    For Full Gold Open Access Journals, IGI Global provides the following:

    apc-2

    The article processing charge for Full Gold Open Access Journals can differ. The lowest APC amount is US $1,050 and the highest is US $2,300. IGI Global’s open access publication prices are lower than the industry standard and for all articles that have had the full APC paid for the journal will be provided complimentary line-by-line copyediting.

    Again, IGI Global will not request the payment until the article has been formally accepted to publish in the journal.

    **Note: IGI Global will never request payment from an author seeking to publish as Open Access before the formal acceptance of their article for the journal. Intention to pay does not have any bearing on the editorial decision for your article.

    IGI Global now asks that authors who are affiliated in developing countries submit a form for fee waivers. We provide a list of developing countries that are provided fee waivers. Anyone who submits a waiver request form who is affiliated in a country not on this list will not receive a waiver.

  • How do I receive the final published version of my article?

    Answer: Authors can access a complimentary copy of their final published article by using the following steps:

    • Login to your IGI Global Portal Account
    • Haven’t accessed your Portal account? Use the log in information below:
      • Username: Enter your e-mail address
      • Password: Enter your password. Forgot your password? You may reset it here. 
    • Navigate to “Your Personal Library” and click on “Access Your Personal Library”
    • Filter by Complimentary Content and click on the applicable title.

    Please keep in mind that you must be logged in first, in order to access the publication.

    Once logged in, you will want to click your name on the upper right hand side, and click “My IGI Global Portal”. From there, you can scroll down on he page and you will see your personal library, as shown below:

    personal library

    You can also click “Personal Library” within the account resources, as shown below:

    account resources personal library

  • Are certain articles published in certain places: online, offline, or both? How do I find this information out/who do I contact to find out more information about it?

    Answer: Starting in 2022, Hybrid Open Access and Full Gold Open Access Journals publish the accepted content ongoingly throughout the volume year online through the journal webpage. Readers can access the published open access content for free without previous subscription or payment. For all articles that were published under the standard subscription option in Hybrid Open Access Journals, those articles will have a fee that readers will need to pay before reading the research.

    At the end of the volume year, all of the online published content for journals will be compiled in an end of year print version for the journal. This printed version will include all published content and will be available for purchase.

    Regarding where to locate the published content, you can reach out to cust@igi-global.com for more information.

  • Who do I contact for a letter of acceptance once my article has been accepted for publication?

    Answer: Please contact journaleditor@igi-global.com for an acceptance letter for your article.

  • Do journals publish book reviews? If so, do they have to pay the APC for Open Access Journals?

    Answer: What kind of manuscripts can journals publish?

    IGI Global journals can publish the following types of manuscripts:

    • Research Articles
    • Research Notes
    • Commentaries
    • Case Studies
    • Position Papers
    • Book Reviews
    • Invited Papers

    Please note that the choice to publish book reviews, while accepted by the publisher, is formally accepted by the current editor of the journal. Please ensure that you reach out to the editor first before submitting any research notes, commentaires, case studies, position papers and/or book reviews if you are unsure if the journal editor publishes them in the journal.

  • How long does it take to get my article indexed in SCOPUS/Web of Science? Can we hasten the process?

    Answer: It typically takes about 6-8 months for Web of Science and Scopus to index currently published content from an indexed journal. If you are finding that your article has not been indexed and it has been out for longer, please submit a missing content form to Scopus with this link.

  • Who do I contact if I have not seen any change within my manuscript’s status for a long period of time? How long is too long to see no change?

    Answer: Please contact the editor of the journal to receive status updates on your article. If you do not hear from the editor for longer than a few weeks, please feel free to reach out to the publisher. As per IGI Global’s Editorial Policies, any articles that are in phases that require editorial decision are encouraged to be moved in a two-week period. The phases that require editorial decisions are:

    • Initial Assessment
    • Assess and Approve Editorial Review Board Evaluations
    • After the necessary amount of reviews have been received for the article
    • Assess and Approve Associate Editor Evaluations
    • After the necessary amount of reviews have been received for the article
    • Revision Received

    The peer review process takes about 12-14 weeks roughly. Please note that this time frame can take longer or shorter depending on the availability of the reviewers for the journal at that time. Authors are free to reach out to the editor of the journal at any time during the editorial process.

  • Can authors provide a list of reviewers to the editor to review their paper?

    Answer: Unfortunately, authors cannot provide a list of reviewers to review their own paper. Providing people that they know to review their own article manuscript directly compromises the double-blind peer review process.

    However, authors are free to recommend the journal to their colleagues or professional networks to see if any individuals would be interested in applying for a reviewer position.

  • What happens if there is a conflict of interest between authors on a paper?

    Answer: A conflict of interest occurs when an entity or individual becomes unreliable because of a clash between personal (or self-serving) interests and professional duties or responsibilities and can be highly detrimental to academic publications. If an author perceives that there may be a conflict of interest for their submitted work, they should include a declaration of any conflict of interest along with the article manuscript upon submission.

    The conflict of interest declaration should be placed after an acknowledgement and before the funding agency information. Conflict of interest statements should state whether all, some, or none of the authors have conflicting ideas, research, beliefs, etc.

    If all or some of the authors have a conflict of interest, each author should provide their statement in this section.

    If none of the authors have a conflict of interest, the statement can simply say, “The authors of this publication declare there is no conflict of interest.”

  • What should I do if I’m accidentally assigned as a reviewer on my own paper?

    Answer: Please ensure that if you are accidentally assigned as a reviewer on your own article that you decline the review and reach out to the editor right away to ensure that they know that a new reviewer will have to be assigned.

    Please do not complete the review of your own article.

  • Where can I find the timeline for the editorial and publication processes of a journal?

    Answer: Interested individuals can find timelines for the journals they are interested in on the journal webpage. What you can find:

    1. Timeline from Submission to Acceptance
    2. Timeline from Acceptance to Publication
    3. Acceptance Rate

  • What is the Research Organization section on the Authors Page of my submission for?

    Answer: IGI Global has newly included a section for an author’s research organization. Research Organizations are provided by The Research Organization Registry (ROR). By associating your work with a research organization within ROR, you are helping increase your research discoverability. The associations you are linking in the Research Organization section are not used to construct your affiliation within the published work. To learn more about ROR visit https://ror.org/.

    When inputting author information for a manuscript that is being submitted, there will be a box under the heading “Research Organization.” Please begin typing your affiliation within this box. If your affiliation populates in a menu below, please select that listing.

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    If your affiliation does not populate for you to click, please then select the checkbox underneath that says, “I cannot find my Research Organization(s).”

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  • What is Redundant or Duplicate Publication? Why is in unethical? What constitutes as plagiarism in this case?

    Answer: As a full member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), IGI Global has a zero-tolerance policy on redundant or duplication submission and publication. According to COPE, the re-publication of the same material to different journals lowers the impact of the research and wastes the resources of the journal(s) that the article is being considered in and the resources of the publisher(s). Authors who are found attempting to re-publish their work in any IGI Global journals without proper justification or proper acknowledgement will have their articles withdrawn from consideration in any IGI Global journal. Editor(s)-in-Chief have the right to contact an author’s institution if need be:

    COPE Redundant (Duplicate) Publication in a Submitted Manuscript

    COPE Redundant (Duplicate) Publication in a Published Manuscript

    COPE Definition of Redundant (Duplicate) Submission/Publication

    Redundant/duplicate submission or publication constitutes as plagiarism if the same text from a previous publication, that is usually un-cited, is found within a new submission by the same author. Since this previously published work is not cited within a newly submitted or newly published article, the usage of that information becomes what COPE defines as “Text Recycling” and is a form of self-plagiarism. IGI Global outlines our policies duplicate submission and self-plagiarism on our Ethics and Malpractice page.

  • How can my article qualify for complimentary English language copyediting before publication?

    Answer: Starting in 2022, IGI Global inflated the Article Processing Charges (APCs) for our open access publications by US $300 to incorporate complimentary copyediting services to these articles before they are formally added to IGI Global’s publication queue and ultimately published in the future.

    The article processing charge must be paid in full in order to qualify for complimentary copyediting. Should your article receive a waiver or discount, the article will not go through copyediting.

    Please note: As per IGI Global’s submission guidelines, it is strongly recommended that authors do have their work professionally copyedited before submission to improve the chances of the article being accepted for the journal.

    Learn more about Open Access


For ReviewerseEditorial Discovery® User Guide - Journals

Frequently Asked Questions for Reviewers
  • Can reviewers submit and publish in the journals that they are on as reviewers for?

    Answer: Yes, reviewers are free to submit and publish in the journals that they serve on.

    NOTE: If you are accidentally added as a reviewer for your own article, please ensure that you decline the review and reach out to the editor as soon as possible.

    Please do not complete the review of your own article.

  • What is the importance of having my research areas updated in my IGI Global profile?

    Answer: IGI Global’s eEditorial Discovery Submission System needs the research areas uploaded to better help the editor assign manuscripts to the reviewers whose expertise aligns.

  • What is the importance of having my complete affiliation updated in my IGI Global profile?

    Answer: Having incomplete or no affiliation uploaded into the submission system or through your IGI Global portal will also show incompletely on the journal webpage. The indices look very closely at the affiliations of the review boards for our journals and even if one individual is missing their affiliation, the journal could be rejected or dropped from an index or abstracting service.

    Additionally, having incomplete or no affiliations uploaded into the submission system or through your IGI Global portal also is perceived negatively by potential authors or readers of the journal.

  • What do I do if I cannot access a review that I have been requested to do?

    Answer: Please follow the steps below to access your review:

    1. Please ensure that you are logged into the submission system before clicking on the links that appear in the review request emails.
    2. Double check the email being used is the same the request for review was sent to
    3. Log out and log back in
    4. Reset password: https://www.igi-global.com/submission/account/password/
    5. Create an account: https://www.igi-global.com/login/create-account/

    If you continue to have troubles accessing your review, please reach out to the editor.

  • Can reviewers decline reviews?

    Answer: Yes. We prefer that you decline a reviewer request rather than ignoring, as this shows us that you are still an active member of the reviewer board. Ignoring requests can result in demotion or removal from the reviewer board altogether.

    Please note that IGI Global does recommend that reviewers strive not to decline too many reviews as they do affect your reviewer dashboard.

  • Can editors or internal staff see my reviewer dashboard and/or my activity for any specific journal?

    Answer: Yes, editors can monitor the activity of the reviewers that are on the board for their journal(s).

  • How do I get promoted to a higher status?

    Answer: Please ensure that you are completing timely and quality reviews for the journal.

    If the Editorial Review Board or Associate Editor Boards are full, then you will have to wait until a seat opens up for an editor to promote you to a higher status.

  • Why was I demoted?

    Answer: Typically, a demotion can happen if you have been inactive or uninvolved in reviewer activities such as ignoring requests or declining too many reviews. For more information on the reasoning behind the editor's decision, please reach out directly to the editor of the journal.

  • Are reviewers required to have their ORCID iDs attached to their IGI Global profile?

    Answer: IGI Global strongly encourages authors to connect their ORCID iDs to their IGI Global profiles. Having the ORCID iD attached to your IGI Global profile allows for readers, indices and other parties to validate your work as a professional in the field.

    It also allows for activity through IGI Global to be recorded easily on your ORCID account.

    Learn More.

  • Does IGI Global work with Publons?

    Answer: Yes, IGI Global approves reviews completed for IGI Global journals through Publons.

  • Can I serve on multiple review boards?

    Answer: Yes. IGI Global recommends that if an individual is seeking to serve on more than one review board that that individual that the time to dedicate to all of the review boards they serve on.

  • Can I recommend that an author cite my previously published work?

    Answer: While this would be fine, if you feel like your previously published work would have some impact on the research that has already been conducted, IGI Global does strongly encourage reviewers not to do this as the perception then could be misconstrued that the reviewer has a conflict of interest and is only in this position to increase the citations of their own previously published work.

  • Can I become editor of a journal?

    Answer: Reviewers have the capacity to become editors of a journal if an editor steps down from a journal in their research areas. Please note that the individual must be an expert in the field with their PhD or equivalent degree.

    Reviewers are free to reach out to the editors of the journal to see if they can support as a managing editor or co-editor of the journal as well. The decision lies with the editor in this situation.

  • How do I become an Associate Editor or Editorial Review Board Member for a journal?

    Answer: The most common way an individual can become an Associate Editor or Editorial Review Board Member for a journal is by serving as an ad-hoc reviewer first and get promoted by providing timely and quality reviews to the authors who have submitted to that journal.

    Quality Review for an Associate Editor

    Quality Review for an Editorial Review Board Member

    Individuals can also reach out to the editor of their chosen journal(s) and nominate themselves to become an Associate Editor or Editorial Review Board Member. These nominations must be sent to the editor of the journal. Individuals should provide an explanation as to why they would be a good fit to be a permanent reviewer for the journal as well as provide an updated CV for the editor to review.